When to Go

While it may not be realistic to try to master Arabic entirely before setting out on your journey on Masar Ibrahim, we strongly advise investing the time necessary to learn at least a few words and phrases. Even if you struggle to remember these words or to pronounce them correctly, don’t be shy in using them! You will be amazed at the warm response you receive from native speakers – any attempt on your part to communicate in the local languages clearly demonstrates your respect for the local communities and interest in their lives and cultures.

Below are some sample words and phrases that may be worth learning. Also from this page you can download an Arabic language phrasebook that you can print and carry with you. This phrasebook is offers a more varied vocabulary.

Mini phrasebook

  • welcome – ahlan wa sahlan
  • hello – maraba
  • good morning – saba al kheir
  • good bye – ma’ salameh
  • how are you? – kif halak?
  • I’m fine – emni
  • thank you – shukran
  • you’re welcome – ‘afuan
  • Everything is OK – kullo tamam

ḥ – sharp h, gutturaly aspirated

kh – h sound from the back of your throat

‘ –  a contraction in the back of your throat; if in doubt; say ‘ah