Basic Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases and Words Translated to English

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Learning the Kuwaiti Arabic Language

Sometimes when we go to a foreign land and people there don't speak the English language, it is quite hard to communicate with them if we don't know their language. That is what happened to me when I went to work in Kuwait years ago. Although it was difficult at first, I made myself learn the Arabic language rather than teach them the English Language.

It was not easy to learn the Kuwaiti Arabic language because there is a difference between male and female words. When you are referring to a man or a woman, there is a different spelling for the Arabic words you use, and the way you pronounce them is different. Learning Kuwaiti Arabic words or phrases first is by far the easiest way to learn the new language. Then later on you can apply them in sentences when you get more confident. That's what I did.

Learning a new language is not easy but with strong determination and massive interest, it is possible to achieve. It is good to learn new languages because it increases knowledge and it improves communication with other nationalities. I believe language makes the connection between strangers or new people and their culture as well.

Arabic Word and Phrases That Are Useful in the Home

Here are a few Arabic Words or Phrases with English meanings

English Spoken Arabic Words or Phrases

Hello/Hi! – Marhaba! or Sallam!

How are you? – Kif halich/Shlonich?(female)

How are you? – Kif halik/Shlonic?(male)

Fine or good – Zain/zen

Allah has willed it – Mashallah

In the name of Allah – Bismillah

Praise be to Allah – Al Hamdulillah

I'm fine or I'm good – Ana zain(male)/ana zenna (female)

Let's go – yalla emshy

Come on stand up – Yalla gommay

Quickly – Serra'ah

Slowly – Shuway shuway

Sorry – Assif

wait – lah-za

Wait a second – lah-za digiga

Help – saadni

Low sahmat – excuse me

Good morning – sabah alkhyair

Good afternoon – masa'ah alkhyair

Goodnight – layla sa eda

How many hours? – Cham sa'a?

You, what do you want – Enti(f)/enta(m), shino tabin?

We want nothing. – Ahna mayabi shay.

Where is your house? – Wayn bait kom?

We finished – Ahna khalas

I finished – Ana Khalas

I finished my work. – Ana khalaset eshtakel.

You, what are you doing? – Enti, shino ga'id sawi?

I am making lunch. – Ana ga'id sawi kada.

I am making this. – Ana ga'id sawi haddha.

Come here – ta-alle henna

Go to the shop or store – Rohay jam'eya/souk

Come here quickly – Ta'alle henna ebserra'a

Come - means Ta'al when you are talking to a male gender

Come - means Ta'alle when you are talking to a female gender


ARABIC WORDS OR PHRASES — ENGLISH MEANINGS

Ta'alle(f) betna – come to our house/home

Mako eikel – No food

Andikom tsay/chay minfadlak(m)/minfadlik(f) – Have you got tea, please

La'a, andina bes gahwah – No, we only have coffee

Leish, enti maeshrab el tsay? – Why, you don't drink tea?

La'a ahna bes eshrab Assir – No, we only drink juice.

Ma eikelt shay – eaten nothing

Wayed eikel – too much food

Shino gallit marra? – What did the lady say?

Marra golt enta mako mouk. – The lady said you have no brain.

Mako mouk – no brain, thick, or stupid

Enta(m)/Enti(f) mako mouk. – You have no brain, you are stupid.

Mako wekt – no time

Mako shay – nothing

Ana mako wekt al youm. – I don't have time today.

Yemkin/mumkin ashoofich el yom ahad. – Maybe I see you on Sunday.

Zain, mako mushkila – Fine, no problem

Mako eshtakel – no work

Ako eshtakel al youm – there is work today

Mako may/mayya – no water

Ako eikel – there is food

Ako wayed eikel bel tahalagya. – There is so much food in the fridge or refrigerator.

Ako mouk – have brain or intelligence, intelligent

Ako may/mayya – there is water

Mako may bel hammam – there is no water in the toilet

Enta(m)/enti(f) tabin may? – Do you like water?

Rohay hammam – Go to the toilet

Rohay bel dar kom – Go to your room

Wayed eshtakel – too much work

Ente/anti(f) helwa – you are beautiful

Enta halo(m) – you are handsome

Enti mozina(marra) – You are bad(female)

Enta mozin(rajul) – You are bad(male)

Enti tabin semich? – Do you like fish?

La, ana abi pitza – No, I like pizza

Enti tabin diyay/diyaya? – Do you like chicken?

Enti tabin lahim? – Do you like meat?

Shino gol? – What did he say?

Shino gal? – What did she say?

Leish, enti Minona? – Why, are you crazy?(refers to a female)

Leish, enta minon? – Why, are you crazy?(refers to a male)

eyalla em shay – come on let us go

lisana towil − long tongue (description of someone who answers back to someone in authority or just anyone really)

Minona – crazy(refers to a female)

Minon – crazy(man or male)

Rahat bel mata'ar – went to the airport

Enti matshoof? – Can't you see?

Leish enti matshoofi? – Why, you can't see?

La, matshoof shay – No, can't see anything

Kullo aswad mako abyat – everything black there is no white

Ana mashoofi shay – I can't see anything

Kullo rahaw – Everyone went

Some Arabic Phrases and Words That Might Be Useful at the Airport

Arabic Phrases or words – English Meanings or Translations

Sallam Allikom! – Hello or hi! to you all.

Shellon kom? – How are you all?

Ahlen/ahlan – Welcome

Kif halich/Shlonich? (Female)– How are you?

Kif halik/ Shlonik? (Male) – How are you?

Andikom Jawaz? – Have you got a passport?

Andikom tatkira? – Have you got a ticket?

Mumkin ashoof el tatkira wil jawaz? – May I see your ticket and passport.

Zen/Kwais shukran – Fine, good thanks

Al Hamdulillah , zenna – Praise God, good/fine

Zen/Zain – fine/good

Mozina(female) – not good/not fine

Mozin(male) – not good/not fine

Ento wayn betrohon? – Where are you all going?

Ahna bi roh Britanya – We are going to Britain.

Leish, enti mako eshtakel el youm? – Why, don't you have a job/work today?

Enti tat kallam Englisiya? – Do you speak English?

La, ahna matat kallam Englisiya. – No, we don't speak English.

Enti tat kallam Arabiya? – Do you speak Arabic?

La, ana araf shuwaya bes – No, I know a little only.

La, ana tat kallam Tagalog(Filipino Language). – No, I speak Tagalog.

La, ahna matat kallam Arabiya. – No, we don't know how to speak Arabic.

Ahna aaraf Englisiya bes. – We only know English.

Ahna aaraf shuwaya bes. – We know little only.

Assan – better

Fein/wayn al agrab jahmeya? – Where is the nearest shop?

Fein/Wayn al – Where is

Al Hamdulillah – Praise be to Allah

Enshalla – God willing

Sa-a kam? or Kam sa-a or cham sa-a? – What time, is it?/ How many hours?

Sa-a kamse – Fifth hour or five o'clock

Nos sa-a – half hour

Andikom floose? – Do you have money? or Have you got money?

Mako floose, miskina – No money, poor thing

Kush yamin min henna – Go right here

Fok – up

Alla tool – straight ahead

jeddam – in front

Alla yameen – to the right

Alla shimel/alla Yasser – to the left

henna – here

min wara – behind/at the back

tahat – down/below

Yani eh? – What does that mean?

Ahna be roh bel mata'ar? – We are going to the airport.

Enta tabit roh ma'ay? – Would you like to come with me?

Ahna bi roh bukra/batcher. – We are going tomorrow.

Ana bi roh bukra/batcher. – I am going tomorrow.

Bukra/batcher – tomorrow

Baed batcher/bukra – after tomorrow

Baddin – after/later

Alhin – now

Aims – yesterday

Al youm – today

Maffish/mako shay – nothing/none

Ma'asalama – Goodbye

Kabeer Mata'ar – Big Airport

Sekhir Mata'ar – small airport

Wayed nas – many people

Ma'araf/ mataaraf – do not know

Araf/taaraf – know

Kalli walli – leave it

Enti rohay fok − you go up

Enti rohay tahat − you go down

Enti rohay jeddam – you go in front

Enti rohay ala tool – you go straight ahead

Some Funny Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases That I Learnt

Shino gaa'id tal-i? – What are you staring at? or What are you looking at?

Ma tisma adel? – Can't you hear properly?

Fee shay? – Anything wrong?

khallini broohay – leave me alone, go.

Ana mayabi shoofich. – I don't want to see you.

Shit tal-i? – What are you looking at?

Shino tabin? – What do you want?

Shinot gool enti? – What did you say?

Mako shay, eskit. – Nothing, be quiet.

Leish, enti salana? – Why, are you sad?

Shino tabi yalghabi(m)? – What do you want, fool?

Shino tabi yalghabiya(f)? – What do you want, fool?

Ana maismat kallam − I don't listen.

Bint kom mat ismat kallam. – Your daughter don't listen.

Al walled kom minon. – Your children are crazy.

Enti kelba(female)/kelb(male) − You are a dog.

Lisanna towil – long tongue( means answering back too much)

Enti mozina(female) − you are no good.

Enta mozin(male) bel dar− you are not good in bed

Enti zen/zain − You are good

Enti mat ismah? – Can't you hear?

Shitana – Satan-like(female)

Shitan – Satan-like(male)

Mat shoof – Can't see

Mat ismah – can't hear

Al marra kelba – The woman is a dog.

Al marra minona – The woman is crazy.

Enti minona –You are crazy(female)

Enta Minon –You are crazy(male)

Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases Written as They Are Pronounced

Just to let you know, I wrote the Arabic words how they are pronounced because I can't write the Arabic alphabets. I wish I could, but I find it is easier to learn the spoken version of Arabic than the alphabets. It is much easier to learn Arabic properly when you work and live in a place that speaks the Arabic language like in the Middle East.

Thank you for reading my article. I hope that it helps you as it did me. Please leave any comments that you may have at the bottom of this page.

Basic Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic phrases and words translated to English

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      Linda Bryen 7 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Kamya William. I am glad my blog about Basic Kuwaiti Arabic language is of help to you. I got some more blogs if you want to learn more.

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      Kamya William. 7 weeks ago

      It's a great pleasure to me for your work done to simplify for us Arabi words into a meaningful pronunciation. And I believe that within few months, I will be fluent in arabi language.

      THANKS SO MUCH.

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      Linda Bryen 2 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome plasan.

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      plasan 2 months ago

      thanks...really helpful

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      liesl5858 2 months ago

      Linuraj, thank you for visiting my article and I am glad it is of help to you.

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      Linuraj 2 months ago

      Its most helpfull to those who visit first in uae like me...so thank u so much

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      Linda Bryen 2 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome lovely heart. If you want to learn more Arabic words please go to my articles in hubpages.co.uk. And please share this article to your friends on FB and you tube.

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      lovely heart 2 months ago

      Thanks for the translating

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      aasif khan 3 months ago

      Thank You So Much.

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      liesl5858 4 months ago

      Hi! Bob,

      Try this "shlonic ya sadik or sadiki." I don't know if your friend is a male or female because when you address someone in Kuwait there is a difference between male and female.

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      Bob 4 months ago

      I would like to say to a college (faculty) colleague of mine, who is Kuwaiti:

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      Linda Bryen 4 months ago from United Kingdom

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      MHMD ETHREES 4 months ago

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      MHMD ithris 4 months ago

      Thank and useful this wap sit

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      Linda Bryen 4 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Austin Chole for reading my article. It is my idea indeed to write this article although it is not perfect it will help those who are finding it hard to communicate in Kuwaiti Arabic. I've written 3 articles about these, have you read all of them.

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      Austin Chole 4 months ago

      This is really helping me, it's very hard to communicate here in Kuwait thank you so much looking forward to see more words and phrases

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      Linda Bryen 5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you ghera Lynn for reading my article and I am glad it helps you. You are welcome. Masalama.

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      ghera Lynn 5 months ago

      You did it very well.... it was very useful for me .... now I will familiarize all of this words so that I can speak arabic and we can understand each other of my employer... thanks a lot for your effort may God bless & keep you always.... shukran!!!

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      liesl5858 5 months ago

      Thank you Pranab for appreciating my article.

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      Pranab 5 months ago

      Thank you so much!

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      Liesl5858 5 months ago

      Thank you dalia for your comment, you have to understand I am not a native of Kuwait. I just learnt Kuwaiti Arabic while I was working there years ago. It maybe broken Arabic but it does help to communicate what I am saying. It is a hard language to learn I must admit but it helped me when I was working there.

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      dalia 5 months ago

      this is broken kuwaiti. some are not kuwaiti at all. also the grammar is all wrong. i feel you could verify your phrases with an actual kuwaiti. sorry but it sounds like someone from south asia speaking broken arabic.

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      Ridwan Hossain 5 months ago

      Thanks

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      april agbon macarandan 6 months ago

      it is nice because the people in the philippines can understand the speaking in arabic

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      bernabe 7 months ago

      Thank you for this article i learned some few of arabic language.. Shukran wajid

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      Mahi Mahesh 7 months ago

      Thanks for this translation.It's very useful to all the new person.

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      Bikrant 8 months ago

      Zain. Very useful to all the freshers.

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      Md noeem uddin 8 months ago

      I want to learn more Kuwaiti language...plz help & tnkx for that

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      Linda Bryen 9 months ago from United Kingdom

      Dear Janice,

      You are welcome.

      Linda

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      Linda Bryen 9 months ago from United Kingdom

      Dear Mecky, I am pleased to hear that my article had help you. Thank you for reading it.

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      Janice 9 months ago

      Thanks

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      mecky 9 months ago

      shokaran sadic (thank you friend) for such an article, am working in kuwait and arabic is what my employers speak. And with your article i have grasped some useful words.

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Peter, I am glad to help.

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      you are welcome Cindy

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you rasras

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      sorry pallavi but I haven't a clue

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome rasras.

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      Sorry pallavi but I don't know this.

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      Linda Bryen 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Cindy, my pleasure to help.

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      pallavi 13 months ago

      Miya miya walaa?? What the meaning of this word

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      Cindy bentuya 14 months ago

      This is good to know how to speak Arabic and learn much..thanks to share this pages it will help people want to know Arabic languages...

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      rasras 14 months ago

      This help me a lot. Thank you po☺

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      Marilyn 14 months ago

      Many many thanks for your time writing the phrases, much appreciated! I worked with the Al Sabah family back in the 90's and reading these phrases puts my memory back in Kuwait.

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      Mushtaq 16 months ago

      Absolutely this website is helping me a lot.some words I can't understand i.e. Bel. etc

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Dayne, thank you for reading my hub about the Arabic language. Shino hada means What is this?

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      dayne 22 months ago

      What is shuno hada mesan my stupid cousin she keep speak those crappy word?

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Odette, thank you for reading my hub and I am pleased to know that it had helped you in Kuwait. I know what it was like when I first went there and I did not speak a word of Arabic. Hope you share to others too about my article.

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      odette 2 years ago

      Nice i will learn a lot working in Kuwait now. Salamat po

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you louiselane for reading my hub and I am glad that it helped you. I would appreciate if you would share it to your friends who want to learn Arabic and also if they could comment on my hub if it is good or not. Thank you.

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      louiselane 2 years ago

      Hi linda,,tnx sa hubpage mo..da truth is im her in kuwait now...i have many words that i want to learn the meaning..ive learned ur arabic word now..godbless sau kbayan and more power

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Dada, musta ka? Salamat sa pag bisita mo sa hub ko.

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      Dada 2 years ago

      he llo po

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Glecile. I am glad you learnt something from my hub.

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      Glecile 2 years ago

      Hi..tnx for the word and know I learn a bit of arabic word.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sorry Onir but I have not come across this word yet.

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      Onir 2 years ago

      What does Divania mean in Kuwait

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Eistin, thank you for liking my hub. I hope it is very useful for you.

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      Eistin 2 years ago

      I like it......good

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Melros20 for your kind comment, hope this hub is of help to you. Thank you for your appreciation.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! Mel, thank you for your kind comment.

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      melros20 3 years ago

      Hi,thanks for the words and meaning that you wrote,I learn so much about the Arabic words=)

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Really great stuff. I was in Bahrain for a little while in the 80s but never learned the language. It would be nice to go back.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Insightful Tiger, thank you for your kind comment and thank you for reading my hub about learning Arabic language.

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      Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

      This is very interesting! I enjoyed my peek ;) I think learning a language by phrases is very useful!

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Taga saan ka sa atin? Sa Baguio ako.

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Oo nga. I already met other Filipino hubbers here.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Kabayan pala kita, thank you for visiting my hubs.

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Wow! Thanks, kabayan liesl for this hub. Shokran. :)

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Puneet, thank you for your kind comment I will add some more words at your request. Hope it helps you.

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      puneet 3 years ago

      hey thnk u its really helpful pls add some more words...

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you mynuddin for your kind comment.

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      mynuddin 3 years ago

      thanku so much

      mushkoor

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sam47, thank you for your comment and I am happy if it helped you.

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      sam47 3 years ago

      Thank you fr this translation ,glad to learn it ... :)

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you guest commenter. I did not know this.

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      anonymus 3 years ago

      They say pathaaka("pa thaa ka")

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! again Alex, I can't tell you the Arabic for Civil Id. It is one word I have not come across with so I do not know the meaning. What I learnt is just passport which they say it is Jawaz. Sorry, you could try Duolingo site. They might be able to help you.

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      AlexFrancis 3 years ago

      Hi Linda. Well, it's good to know the Kuwaiti lingo while I'm here So I'm trying to learn. It's a big deal that despite your experience being so long ago and for so short a time, you've still retained a good deal. I understand it was because you took notes, and yet. I've come across your word for passport. Do you recall the word for Civil ID?

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Alex, you may call me Linda. I worked in Kuwait for 5 years since 1985. I live in England now but I still encounter Kuwaitis who come to England for visit and sometimes have conversations in Arabic with them. Even my former Kuwaiti employers, they come to visit England and it is so good to see them now and again. If you have doubts about my interpretations of Arabic in English you can always ask me, no worries. Some of my interpretations might not be correct so I need someone to correct it for me. Thank you for reading my article.

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      AlexFrancis 3 years ago

      Hi ma'am, It's me again.

      How long has it been since you've been to Kuwait? I understand you don't live there anymore.

      Do you still get to speak the language once in a while?

      May I ask you more doubts about the language?

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am thinking of adding to it sometime as I can see that a lot of people are so interested to learn Arabic or English or both which is good.

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      AlexFrancis 3 years ago

      Wow. So glad you wrote more.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for stopping by, I am not expert on the Arabic language and I am still learning but I am just sharing what I have learnt when I stayed and worked in Kuwait a few years back.

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      golam tom 3 years ago

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Glad to meet you here on hubpages, CrispSp. It is nice to meet kababayan in this community.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      liesl5858: Oh, don't be sorry and yes, I am "kabayan" and missing P.I. so much! :)

      Cheers!

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Are you a Filipina CrispSp? I don't know but I got the hunch. I am a Filipina too. If I am wrong I am sorry. Thank you once again for reading my hub. I think you got great hubs too. I will go and read some of it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Salam!

      Reading and pronouncing each words with enthusiasm! Your hub made me missed Bahrain and Dubai so much....

      Shukran!

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