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Lesson 1a: Pleased to meet you


This lesson assumes you are already familiar with or are learning the Arabic script. If not, check out our free Arabic Alphabet Textbook.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this lesson you'll be able to greet and introduce yourself to Arabic speakers. You'll also learn a few useful phrases.

Lesson 1, Part A: Lesson 1, Part B:
  • Daily Greetings
  • Arabic Names
  • My Name/Your Name
Dialogue
Instructions:
  1. Take the Dialogue Vocab Quiz until you pass.
  2. Study the dialogue (Arabic and translation) until you understand it.
  3. Listen to the audio at least twice.
  4. Read the dialogue out loud at least twice.
Dialogue
ArabicEnglish
تَشَرَّفنا
tasharrafnaa
Nice to meet you.
مَرحَباً
marHaban

Hello
اِسم
ism
name
ما اِسمُكَ \ اِسمُكِ؟
maa ismuka (masc) /ismuki (fem)?
What's your name?
أنا
anaa
I
أنتَ
anta
You (masc)
أنتِ
anti
You (fem)
...أنا اِسمي
anaa ismii...
My name is...
كَيفَ الحَال؟
Kayfa al-Hal
How are you?
بِخَير
bikhayr

Well (reply)
الحَمدُ لِله
al-Hamdu lillah

Thank God
و أنتِ \ أنتَ؟
wa anti?/anta?
And you?
مَعَ السَّلامة
ma'a a-ssalaama

Good-bye
يَلا
yalaa
Let's go, Alright
يا
yaa

Vocative marker.
Similar to "hey" in
"Hey, John!"

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Dialogue Vocab

Mariam and Ahmed are meeting for the first time.
: Mariam
!مَرحَباً
.أنا اِسمي مَريم
ما اِسمُكَ؟
marHaban! anaa ismii Mariam. maa ismuka?
: Ahmed
أنا اِسمي أحمَد
.تَشَرَّفنا
ana ismii AHmed. tasharrafnaa.
: Mariam
.تَشَرَّفنا
كَيفَ الحَال؟
tasharrafnaa. kayfa al-Hal?
: Ahmed
بِخَير, و أنتِ؟
bikhayr, wa anti?
: Mariam
بِخَيرالحَمدُ لِله
bikhayr al-Hamdu lillah
: Ahmed
يَلا مَعَ السَّلامة
yalla, ma'a a-ssalaama
: Mariam
!مَعَ السَّلامة يا أحمَد
ma'a a-ssalaama ya AHmed!
Mariam: Hello, my name is Mariam. What's your name?
Ahmed: My name is Ahmed. Nice to meet you.
Mariam: Nice to meet you. How are you?
Ahmed: Fine, and you?
Mariam: Fine, thank God.
Ahmed: All right, good-bye!
Mariam: Good-bye, Ahmed!