Arabic Phrases

Most Qatari's can speak English or at least speak English at a basic level. If you want to be safe, or even want to learn a new language, here are a few important phrases!

It should be mentioned that different Arabic countries have different accents. In addition to that, there are TWO forms of Arabic. Traditional (which is used when writing always and sometimes when spoken) and then you have the casual dialect (which is commonly used for speaking).

Arabic is also a bit tricky because some words change depending if you are speaking to a man or a woman. It is similar to French which has Masculine and Feminine words.

The words I have given are common Qatari used words (understood in 90% of Arabic countries)
It is also important to know that even if you mispronounce a word and don't say it correctly, arabic people can usually guess what you are trying to say.


Hi!Salam! or Marhabaسلام
Good Morning!Sa-bah el khayrصباح الخير
Good Evening!Mas-aa el khayrمساء الخير
Welcome! (to greet someone)Marhabanمرحبا
How Are You?Shlo-nik (to male) / Shlo-nich (to female)شلونك؟
I'm Fine, Thanks!Ib-khayr, shukran!أنا بخير شكرا
And You?Wa ant? (to male) / Wa anti? (to female)و أنت؟
Good/ So-So.Jayed/ 'aadeeجيد / عادي
Thank You (Very Much)!Shukran (jazeelan)شكرا (جزيلا)
You're Welcome! (for “thank you”)Afwanعفون
Hey! Friend!Ahlan sadiqi (to male) / sadiqati! (female)أهلا صديقي /صديقتي!
I Missed You So Much!Eshtaqto elaika/ elaiki (female) katheeranإشتقت إليك كثيرا
What's New?Maljadeed?مالجديد؟
Nothing MuchLa shay jadeedلا شيء جديد
Good Night!Tosbeh/ tosbeheen (female) ‘ala khayr/تصبح/ تصبحين على خير
See You Later!Inchoofik (Inchoofich) Ba-daynانشوفك بعدين
Good Bye!Ma-a salamaمع السلامة


I'm LostAna die-ye'e (male) die-ah (female)انا ضايع!
Do you need help?Tabee (male) Tabeen (female) musa-ada?تبي مساعدة؟
Can You Help Me?Tigdar it-sa-id-nee? (male) Tigdari it-sa-di-nee? (female)تغدر اتساعدني؟
I'm Looking For John.Abhatu ‘an Johnأبحث عن جون
How Much Is This?Kam thee?كم ذي؟
Come With Me!Ta'al (male) / ta'alay (female) ma-eye!تعال معاي!


I Love You!Uhib-bik (male) / uhib-bich (female)أحبك
I Feel Sick.ana mareed.أنا مريض
I Need A Doctorahtaj tabeeb!أحتاج طبيبا!


  1. Did you know that English numbers (1,2,3 etc..) are actually Arabic? Yes! That's true! The current number system used in the Middle East is actually Indian numbers. (Both forms are used commonly)