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Learn Arabic – Arabic in 3 Minutes – How to Greet People in Arabic

Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole! Hi! I’m Carole. Welcome back to’s Al-ʿarabiyyah
fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic. In the last lesson, we learned how to thank
people by saying šukran and šukran ǧazīlan. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most
common greetings used in Arabic speaking countries. Hal ʾantum ǧāhizūn? Are you ready? Fal
nabdaʾ!, then let’s start! The most common greeting is: marḥaban or “Hi”! [slowly] marḥaban! This is a general way to greet people when
you see them. A more cultural greeting is Al-salāmu ʿalaykum.
This means “peace be with you,” and is generally used only by Muslims. We say it when we meet
someone and also when we leave. [slowly] Al-salāmu ʿalaykum Someone could respond to Al-salāmu ʿalaykum
with “marḥaban” or “Hi”, but it is more polite to respond to such greetings
in the corresponding way. Since Al-salāmu ʿalaykum means “Peace be
with you”, when greeted in that way we should answer back with “Wa ʿalaykum al-salām”
which literally means “Peace be with you too”. [slowly] Wa ʿalaykum al-salām Whether you use “marḥaban” (“Hi”)
or “Al-salāmu ʿalaykum”, it is also polite to ask the person how they are. Kayfa
ḥāluka? “How are you?” [slowly] Kayfa Hāluka? Don’t forget that in Arabic, the word “you”
needs to have a gender. So Kayfa Hāluka? is good if you are talking to a man, but if
you are talking to a woman you should ask Kayfa Hāluki? [slowly] Kayfa Hāluki? When it’s time to leave, we have many ways
to say parting greetings. You can say: wadāʿan or Goodbye. [slowly] wadāʿan The other person can reply “maʿa al-salāmah”
which means “Be safe” [slowly] maʿa al-salāmah Let’s review the phrases you’ve learned
in this lesson. marḥaban is Hi Al-salāmu ʿalaykum is Peace be with you The response is Wa ʿalaykum al-salām Kayfa Hāluka? or Kayfa Hāluki? is How are
you? wadāʿan is Goodbye and maʿa al-salāmah
is Be safe Now it’s time for Carole’s tips. If the you’re leaving and you want to show
the person that you would like to see them again, you can use ilā al-liqāʾmeaning
“See you!”, or ʾilā al-liqāʾi qarīban! or “See you soon!” [slowly] ʾilā al-liqāʾ / ʾilā al-liqāʾi
qarīban! Now you know lots of ways to greet people
in Arabic! During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning
of the phrase Hal tatakallamu al-ʾinklīziyyah? Do you already know it? I’ll be waiting to
talk about it with you in the next Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq lesson. ʾilā al-liqāʾi qarīban!

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