Say Basic Greetings in Arabic
Edited by Hotelier, priya, Eng
Hello and thank you for watching VisiHow. In today's tutorial, we will learn some common Arabic greetings. This is specifically for non-native speakers of the language. There are several ways that we can greet someone in Arabic, but we'll be focusing on some of the most common ways. There are forms for "Hello", "Peace be upon you", "Good morning" and "Good evening" as well.
To say "Hello", we've written the transliteration in English in red on the right side of the board. We can say either "marhaba" or "salam".
"Marhaba" is written with miim, ra, haa, baa, and end with an alif.
This will be written as marhaba, but it's pronounced "marhaba".
We can also say "salam". It will begin with s. Then when laam and alif come together, it makes a form that goes straight up and back down.
Next, it comes over to the right.
Then, it goes back across the left.
It will be ending miim because the alif does not connect to anything on its left-hand side.
Again, this is pronounced, "salam".
If we would like to say, "Peace be upon you", which is a very common greeting, we can say, "As-salamu aleikum".
"As-salamu" is written with al, siim, laam and alif.
Then, for "aleikum", we have ayn, laam, yaa, kaaf, and ending with miim.
In this word, the al is not pronounced in front of the siim, so this is read "As-salamu aleikum".
If we would like to wish someone "Good morning", we can say, "sabah al khair".
"Sabah" is written with saad, baa, alif, and then haa.
"Al khair" is written al, khaa, yaa and ra.
Again, this is pronounced, "sabah al khair".
If someone has wished us "sabah al khair", and we would like to respond, we can say, "sabah al noor". Again, "sabah" is written saad, baa, alif and haa.
Then, for "al noor", we write al, nuun, waaw and ra. Again, "Sabah al noor" is the response to "Sabah al khair".
To wish someone "Good evening", we will remove "sabah", which means "morning".
"Al khair" will remain the same.
The word for "evening" is "masa". It is spelled miim, siim, alif, and ends with a glottal stop, which is called a hamza.
Then we will copy "al khair".
The response to "masa al khair" is "masa al noor". "Al noor" will remain the same, and we will substitute "sabah" with "masa".
Again, "Good evening" is "masa khair", and the response is "masa al noor".
This concludes today's tutorial on some common Arabic greetings. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please leave them in the space below.
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