Say How Are You in Arabic
Hotelier, priya, Eng, Rushell
Hello, and thank you for watching VisiHow. Today, we will learn how to write and pronounce a short dialogue in Arabic asking someone how they are doing. This is specifically for beginning non-native speakers of the language, and we will use some extra notes, but mostly the modern standard Arabic form of the language. There may be many ways that you can say this depending on where you are at.
The traditional modern standard Arabic form of "How are you?" is "kayf al hâlu?"
"Kayf" is spelled kaaf, yaa, faa
Then, for "al hâlu", we have "al", which is alif, laam, followed by haa, alif, laam with a dhamma
The question mark at the end will go backwards
Again, it is "kayf al hâlu?". This is extremely proper, and perhaps not very common to actually hear people speaking this way.
One very common way that we will hear people speaking is to say either, "kayfa haluka" or "kayfa haluki"
"Kayfa" in this case will be the same as "kayf"
For "haluk", we will copy a little bit from above in "hâlu", but without the "al"
We have haa, laam, and ending kaaf. Again, it is "kayfa haluk".
Let's write it a second time as well so we can see the difference between the masculine and feminine form
In order make "kayfa haluk" masculine, we will add a fatha above the ending kaaf
That makes it "kayfa haluka".
In order to make this "kayfa haluki", we will add a kasra below the ending kaaf
Again, the masculine form is "kayfa haluka"
The feminine form is "kayfa haluki"
The answer, "I'm fine" may be heard two ways
The first way is, "bikhayr".
"Bikhayr" will be written baa, haa, yaa, ra with a kasra underneath the baa to make the "bih" sound
We may also hear "alhamdulillah", which means roughly, "thanks to God"
It can also be used as a way of saying that someone is doing okay.
"Alhamdulillah" would begin "al", then haa, miim, daal for "alhamdul"
Then, it is laam, laam, and haa.
We will have a dhamma on the ending daal
Again, altogether it is pronounced "alhamdulillah".
"And you?" is said in two ways depending if we are asking a man or a woman
"Wa ant" is the general form, so we will write it twice.
In order to see exactly the difference between the masculine and the feminine form, view the video on Arabic personal pronouns that is on this website
In brief, in order to make this "wa anta", we need a fatha above the taa. Again, it is "wa anta" for a man.
For a woman, it is "wa anti", so we will add a kasra below the ending taa
Again, it is "wa anta" for a man
"Wa anti" is for a woman
If we are a woman speaking with another woman, we can ask, "How are you?" commonly by saying "kayfa haluki"
She can answer, "bikhayr wa anti?"
This concludes today's tutorial on how to ask and respond to "How are you?" in the Arabic language
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave them in the space below.
Video: Say How Are You in Arabic
Referencing this Article
If you need to reference this article in your work, you can copy-paste the following depending on your required format:
APA (American Psychological Association) Say How Are You in Arabic. (2016). In VisiHow. Retrieved Mar 26, 2017, from http://visihow.com/Say_How_Are_You_in_Arabic
MLA (Modern Language Association) "Say How Are You in Arabic." VisiHow, visihow.com/Say_How_Are_You_in_Arabic Accessed 26 Mar 2017.
Chicago / Turabian VisiHow.com. "Say How Are You in Arabic." Accessed Mar 26, 2017. http://visihow.com/Say_How_Are_You_in_Arabic.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please
ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Eng, priya, Hotelier