learn to say “How are you” in ArabicMoaz Arafa
how to say “how are you” in Arabic?
There are many forms of saying “how are you” in the Arabic language.
Each form differs slightly in the specific meaning,
But in general, all forms having the same meaning.
In this short atical you will learn how to say “how are you” and how can you respond for that in modern standered arabic.
In this article, I will show you how to say “how are you” in Arabic (male and female forms) based on the common forms have using in the different Arab countries:
1-If you are live in Egypt, the term that expresses this meaning is:
for masculan form “IZAYAK? إزيك؟” or “’AMIL AIH? عَامِل ايه؟”
for feminan form “IZAYiK? إزيك؟” or “’AMLa AIH? عَامِله ايه؟”
2-If you live in one of the Arab Gulf countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, The expression used to asking about (how are you) is:
for masculan form ” AKHBARAK? أخبَارك؟” or ” AHWAALAK? أحوَالَك”
for feminan form ” AKHBARiK? أخبَارِك؟” or ” AHWAALiK? أحوَالِك”
3-If you live in a country in Levantine, such as Syria, Palestine, Jordan or Lebanon
The expression commonly used in this part of the world is:
for masculan form ” ESHLONAK? إشلونك ” or ” KIFAK? كِيفك؟”
for feminan form ” ESHLONiK? إشلونِك ” or ” KIFiK? كِيفِك؟”
4-If you are in the Maghreb, there are several common expressions to to say how are you in arabic such as:
كِيداير لابأس؟ (KIDAYER LA B’AS?)
وَاش راك؟ WASH RAK?
شْنَحْوَالِك لا بأس؟ SHONOHWALAK LA B’AS?
- Basiclly there are three expressions that are the most used and common in the Arab countries, and they are:
كَيف حَالُك؟ (KAYFAA HALOK?)
اخبارك؟ او شخبارك؟ (AKHBARAK? or SHAKHBARAK?)
ازيك؟ او عامل ايه؟ (EZAYAK? or ‘AMIL AIH?)
how to respond to “how are you” in Arabic
If someone asks you this question, there are many personalized ways to reply in Standard Arabic, such as the most common answer “أنا بخير، شكراً Ana bikhaer, shokran” which is translated as ‘I am fine, thanks’.
Or you could answer positively as “بخير والحمدلله Bikhaer wal hamdulillah” which serves a similar meaning ‘Good and thanks for God’.
On the other hand, if you were not feeling good and you want to express that, you can say “لست بخير Lastu bikhaer”, and its translation is ‘I am not good’.
You can also say “أنا مريض Ana marid” if you were sick.
How to have a short arabic conversation for Greetings and acquaintance:
|English meaning||Reply||English meaning|
|2. Kayfa halook?||How are you?||Bikhayr Walhamdulillah|
Finem thanks for god
3. Sa’ito be ma’rifatuk
|Nice to meet you|
Wa Ana Aydan
|4. Ma’asalamah||Good bye||Ma’asalamah|
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