Common Arabic words: facts and figures

The Arabic language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world and its beauty lies in its words.

The Arabic language is estimated to be made out of millions of words with the largest Arabic dictionary having over 120000 words. This can seem a really big and frightening number to someone wanting to start learning Arabic, but here's the good news: you only need to know roughly 5% of the total words to be fluent in Arabic. This translates into knowing only most common Arabic words in order to be able to have fluent conversations in Arabic.

What’s even more encouraging is that knowing as little as 100 words helps you understand half of the words in an article or book written in Arabic. Learn the most common 1000 words and you get to a 75% understanding of texts in Arabic. Also, each new word you learn helps you guess the meaning of up to 60 words you have never seen before. This means that knowing only 1000 words helps you guess up to 60000 Arabic words. Doesn't seem that frightening now, right?

Top 10 cool and common Arabic words pronounced by native Arabic speakers

1. مرحبا. = Hello.

Let's naturally start with "مرحبا" which means "Hello" in Arabic. This is one of the most known words in Arabic and a great way to start a conversation with someone from Dubai. Click play below to listen to the actual pronunciation:

مرحبا.

2. حب = Love

Love is a universal feeling and we definitely had to talk about it here. Arabic people have a lovely way of saying they love someone or something through the word "حب". Hear it in action here:

حب

3. سعادة = Happiness

When there's love, there's definitely happiness. We are all chasing "سعادة" as Arabic speaking people would say. Listen closely and you might just get some “happiness” in your life today:

سعادة

4. قط = Cat

Let's talk pets. There are two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. We are going to talk about cats first or how people in the United Arab Emirates would say: "قط". Listen to how it sounds like:

قط

5. كلب = Dog

But let's not forget our lovely and loyal companions, dogs. A dog in Arabic is "كلب", a really useful word for dog lovers worldwide. Here is how you would pronounce it:

كلب

6. يبتسم = Smile

Now it is time to smile or how someone from Dubai would say "يبتسم". Smiling makes us happy and helps us stay healthy, so that's why we all need to smile every day. Here's the Arabic pronunciation:

يبتسم

7. سعودي = Saudi

Next, let’s see how people in Saudi Arabia refer to Saudi Arabians. The correct answer is "سعودي". Listen to how an Arabic speaker would pronounce it:

سعودي

8. نعم. = Yes.

Yes, we have arrived at number 8 where “yes” is the subject to be discussed. Arabic speakers say “yes” by simply saying "نعم". Enhance your understanding by listening to how a person from Dubai would pronounce it:

نعم.

9. شكرا لك. = Thank you.

Thank you for reading this far or should I say "شكرا لك" as they say in Arabic. Here's a native speaker thanking you in Arabic:

شكرا لك.

10. مع السلامه. = Good-bye.

No polite conversation can end without a good old goodbye or "الى اللقاء" how Arabic people usually say. Now it's time for a delightful Arabic voice to say "Goodbye" to you:

مع السلامه.

Improve your Arabic vocabulary online

Online language courses nowadays are fun, effective, affordable and use the latest technology to teach you a new language. This makes them a great solution to build your vocabulary. Meet Mondly, one of Apple’s best new apps of 2016 helping millions of people around the world learn a language. Our expert linguists have selected the most common Arabic words so you start by learning what’s really important. No more learning random words you will probably never use in real life.

Each Mondly lesson revolves around a certain theme or situation: from family to colors to animals or shopping related lessons. You quickly get immersed in different situations like ordering food in a restaurant, booking a hotel room or having a casual talk with a native speaker you’ve just met. Organizing the lessons into themes makes learning Arabic words a lot easier by creating powerful associations in your brain.

Arabic words spoken by native speakers

It’s been proven that you learn any language faster when you hear natives speak. That’s why our linguists have made listening to natives an essential part of the learning experience. All phrases within the app are recorded by professional Arabic speakers so you can sit back and absorb the correct pronunciation of the most common Arabic words effortlessly.

Now, let’s explore the ultimate goal of learning Arabic: having real conversations. That’s exactly why we’ve made speaking exercises an essential part of our lessons so you can practice the cool Arabic words you just learned. You have to try our Voice Chatbot, a computer program so advanced you can actually have an intelligent conversation with. Just engage in a conversation and you get asked questions, you respond and the Chatbot understands what you're saying and continues the chat. It’s a remarkable technology that made millions of people fall in love with Mondly.

Image showing the Arabic words you can learn with Mondly

Did you know?

Prepare for a shock. What makes the Arabic language unique is its alphabet. Having 28 letters, the Arabic alphabet is the first thing you need to learn if you want to master Arabic. But, while you might be used to write from left to right, Arabic is written from right to left. Also, pay special attention to dots you see in Arabic words. A single dot can change the meaning of a word. The good news is that the Arabic numbers are written from left to right.

Arabs love camels so much that they use over 100 words to describe them. For example, “al-‘aees” is a white camel with blond hair, “al-thowee” is a camel that is too weak to stand up and “al-ghub” is a camel that drinks once every two days. They also have 11 words for love, 50 for beautiful and over 100 to describe God.

The benefits of learning the most common Arabic words first

Make Arabic learning fun and easier

Starting with the Arabic basics means you will begin by learning the easiest words first and gradually increase difficulty. This way you will feel great while learning and see how your language knowledge broadens.

Have basic Arabic conversations in no time

You'll be able to speak to someone from Dubai or Cairo about regular topics like weather, politics or family. This will make you confident in your Arabic skills and eager to learn more.

Become fluent in Arabic faster

By learning the most common Arabic words first you are learning the smart way. Why learn the most unusual words in Arabic when you might never use them in real life?

You improve your Arabic vocabulary

Each new Arabic word you learn piles up until your vocabulary builds stronger and stronger. Each lesson gets you one step closer to fluency.