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Basic Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases and Words Translated to English

Basic Kuwaiti Phrases and Words Translated to the English 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 English. I did not say it was easy to learn, because there is a difference between male and female words. If 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.

Arabic Phrases That Are Useful in the Home

English -- Spoken Arabic

Hello! -- Marhaba! or Sallam!

How are you? -- Kef halik?(female)

How are you? -- Kef halak?(male)

Fine or good -- Zain

I'm fine or I'm good -- Ana Zain(male or female)

Let's go -- yalla

wait -- Lah-za

Wait a minute -- lah-za digiga

Help -- saadni

Goodnight --Layla sa eda

Kam sa-a or Cham sa-a? – How many hours?

Ente, sino tabin? – You, what do you want?

Wen bet com? – Where is your house?

Ahna kalas – we finished

Ana kalas – I finished

Ana kalas eshtakel -- I finished my work.

Ente sino sawi? – What are you doing?

Ana sawi kada – I am making lunch

Ana sawi hada --I am making this

Ta-al le henna – Come here

Sino tabin? – What did you want?

Rohay Jahmeya – Go to the shop or store

Ta'ale henna eb sera-a – Come here quickly

Ta'ale betna -- come to our house/home

Mako eikel – No food or eaten nothing

Wayed eikel -- too much food

Sino gal et marra? What did the lady say?

Marra gal et ente mako mouk. -- The lady said you have no brain.

Mako mouk – No brain or thick, stupid

Ente/Anti mako mouk -- You have no brain, you are stupid

Mako wekt – No time

Mako shay -- nothing

Ana mako wekt alyoum. I don't have time today.

Mako eshtakel – No work

Ako eshtakel alyoum -- there is work today

Mako may – No water

Ako eikel – There is food

Ako mouk – Have brain or intelligence, intelligent

Ako may – There is water

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

Ente/anti 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 helwa – you are beautiful

Ente halo -- you are handsome

Ente/anti mozina(female) – You are bad(female)

Anta mozin(riyal) -- You are bad(male)

Ente tabin semich? – Do you like fish?

Ente tabin diyay/diyaya?- Do you like chicken?

Ente tabin lahim? -- Do you like meat?

Sino gol? – What did he say?

Sino gal? -- What did she say?

Lesh, ente Minona?– Why, are you crazy?(refers to a female)

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

eyalla em shy – come on let us go

lisana towil −long tongue( description of someone who answers back their employers)

Minona -- crazy(refers to a female)

Minon -- crazy man or male

Rahat bel mat'ar -- went to the airport

Anti/Enti matchufi? -- Can't you see?

Some Arabic Phrases That Might Be Useful at the Airport

Arabic Phrases – English Meanings or Translations

Sallam Alikom! – Hello!

Kef halik? (Female)– How are you?

Kef halak? (Male) – How are you?

andikom Jawaz? – Have you got a passport?

Selonkom? -- How are you all?

Selonich? -- How are you?(female)

Al Hamdelelah , zenna -- Praise God, good/fine

Zen – fine/good

Mozina – not good/not fine

Ento wen betrohon? – Where are you all going?

Lesh ente mako eshtakel? – Why, don't you have a job?

Ente araf kallam Englisiya? – Do you speak English?

Ente araf kallam Arabiya? --Do you speak Arabic?

Fein agrab jameya? – Where is the nearest shop?

Fein/Wen – Where is

Al Hamdelellah – Praise God

Enshalla – God willing

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

Sa-a kamse – Fifth 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

Ro/Rohay fok – go up

Alla tool – straight

jedam – in front

Alla yameen – to the right

Alla shimel/alla Yasser – to the left

henna – here

min wara – behind

Yani eh? – What does that mean?

Ahna be roh bel Mata'ar? – I am going to the airport.

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

Ahna be roh bukra. – We are going tomorrow.

Ana be roh bukra. – I am going tomorrow.

Bukra -- tomorrow

maffish/mako shay – nothing/none

Masalama – Goodbye

Kabeer Mata'ar – Big Airport

Ma'araf – do not know

Kalli walli – leave it

Ente rohay fok − you go up

Ente rohay tahat − you go down

Ente rohay jedam -- you go in front

Ente rohay ala tool -- you go straight ahead

Some Funny Phrases That I Learned

Shinu gaa'id tal-i? – What are you staring at?

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

Fee shay? – Anything wrong?

khallini broohay – leave me alone go.

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

Shinu tabin? – What do you want?

Ana maismat kallam − I don't listen.

Ente kelba/kelb − You are a cow.

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

Ente/Anti mozina(female) − you are no good.

Ente/Anti mozin(male) bel dar− you are not good in bed

Ente zen/zain − You are good

Ente maesmekh? – Can't you hear?

Shitana -- Satan-like(female)

Shitan -- Satan

Mat shoof? – Can't you see?

Al marra kelba -- she is a cow.

Al marra minona -- The woman is crazy.

Ente minona -- You are crazy(referring to a woman)

Anti/ente Minon -- You are crazy(male)

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 they speak 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. Shokaran—Thank you.

Comments 45 comments

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CrisSp 2 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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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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 2 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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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


AlexFrancis 2 years ago

Wow. So glad you wrote more.


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


AlexFrancis 2 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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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


AlexFrancis 2 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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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


anonymus 2 years ago

They say pathaaka("pa thaa ka")


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you guest commenter. I did not know this.


sam47 2 years ago

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


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

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


mynuddin 2 years ago

thanku so much

mushkoor


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you mynuddin for your kind comment.


puneet 23 months ago

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


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liesl5858 23 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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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travel_man1971 22 months ago from Bicol, Philippines

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


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liesl5858 22 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


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travel_man1971 22 months ago from Bicol, Philippines

Oo nga. I already met other Filipino hubbers here.


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liesl5858 22 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Taga saan ka sa atin? Sa Baguio ako.


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Insightful Tiger 21 months ago

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


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liesl5858 21 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


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Mel Carriere 20 months 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.


melros20 20 months ago

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


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liesl5858 19 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello! Mel, thank you for your kind comment.


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liesl5858 19 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


Eistin 16 months ago

I like it......good


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liesl5858 16 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


Onir 16 months ago

What does Divania mean in Kuwait


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liesl5858 16 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


Glecile 15 months ago

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


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liesl5858 15 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


Dada 15 months ago

he llo po


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liesl5858 14 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


louiselane 14 months 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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liesl5858 14 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


odette 14 months ago

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


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liesl5858 14 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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.


dayne 5 months ago

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


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liesl5858 5 months ago from United Kingdom Author

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


srinu 12 days ago

Really this helpful to sombudy also me but plz add some more words

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