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Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Words or Phrases Used in a Sentence With English Translations

Updated on August 6, 2020
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Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Words and Phrases used in a Sentence in the Home

Here are a few spoken Kuwaiti Arabic words or phrases used in a sentence around the home which I learnt whilst working in the country of Kuwait.

The communication was hard with the kids and their grandparents who did not speak English. But it had given me some wisdom which I still use now and hope to share and help those who need it like I did before.

You will find that there are differences in spelling an Arabic word or words when you refer to a male or a female. I put (m) for male and (f) for female on certain words that it describes.

Here are a few spoken Kuwaiti Arabic sentences, phrases or words with their English translations:

Around the home: Arabic — English

Sallam allaykom. – Peace be upon you all.

Wah-allaykom sallam – And peace be upon you all.

Shelon kom? – How are you all?

Zain, shukran – Good/fine thanks

Shlonik/Kayfhalik(m) – How are you?(male)

Shlonich/Kayfhalich(f)? – How are you?(female)

Sismek(m)/sismech(f)? – What is your name?

Sabbah alkhair – Good morning(reply–sabaah an-noor)

Massa'ah alkhair – Good afternoon(reply–masah an-noor)

Layla sa'ida – goodnight

Ismi Linda – My name is Linda.

Ana Linda – I am Linda

Enti tatkallam Arabiya? – Do you speak Arabic?

La araf – I don't know

La, shuwaya bes – No, a little only

Shuwaya bes – A little only

Ana ma'araf Arabiya – I don't know Arabic.

Ana tatkallam Englisiya.– I speak English.

Shtabin/shino tabin? – What do you want?(f)

Shtabi/Shino tabi? – What do you want?(m)

La, mako shay – no, nothing

Ana abi floose – I want money.

Ma'abi shay – I don't want anything.

Yabi kallam – want a word or want to talk

Shino sawi – What to do

Mako eshrab – No drink

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

Ana ma'at shoof shay. – I can't see anything.

Ana matshoofi. – I can't see.

Enti mat shoof? – Can't you see?

Fee/ako shay? – Is there anything?

Fee/ako shay mu habbik(m)/habbich(?)– Is there something/anything you don't like?

Enti(f) matisma adel. – You can't hear properly.

Enta(m) maisma'at kallam – You don't listen to what is said.

Na'am, ana asmakh – Yes, I am deaf.

Enta matisma adel? – Can't you hear properly?

La, ana asmakh – No, I am deaf.

Enti amee? – Are you blind?

Enti asmakh? – Are you deaf?

Ta'allo bet na. – Come to our house.

Ana sawi machobos diyay. – I am going to make/cook machobos diyay(chicken casserole).

Ana abi sawi salata. – I want to make salad.

Enti rohay bet kom. – You go to your house.

Enta mako mokan henna. – You got no place here.

Khallhe brooh'ha(f) – Leave her alone.

Khalla brooha(m) – Leave him alone.

Khallini rohay – Leave me alone, you go.

Enti shino sawi? – What are you doing?(female)

Enta shino sawi? – What are you doing?(male)

Ento shino sawi? – What are you all doing?

Ga'id tal-eh telifisyon. – Watching television.

Ga'id eshrab tsay/chay – Drinking tea.

Masawi eshtakel – did not do work

La, mako – No, nothing

Ana abi akkil. – I want to eat.

Ana abi akkil farawla. – I want to eat strawberry.

Ana mayabi farawla, ana abi tofaha. – I don't want strawberry, I want an apple.

Ento tabon akkil wuyya ma'ahna? – Would you all like to eat with us?

La shokran, ahna kallas. – No thanks, we finished.

Ahna gaid ta'akil kada. – We are eating lunch.

Wayn betrohin? – Where are you going?

Ana bi roh jameya – I am going to the shop.

Enta sino sawi bukra/batcher? – What are you doing tomorrow?(male)

Enti sino sawi bukra/batcher? – What are doing tomorrow?(female)

Ana bi roh eshtakel – I want to go to work.

Ana bi roh madresa – I want to go to school

Ana bi roh Kanesa yom el Ahad – I want to go to church on Sunday.

Ana kasli haddha – I will wash this.

Enti tabin chay/tsay? – Do you like tea?

Ana mahabba chay/tsay. – I don't like tea.

Ana abi gahwah. – I want coffee.

Ana abi gahwah wuyya sukhar. – I want coffee with sugar.

Ana abi gahwah bidun sukhar. – I want coffee without sugar.

Wayn ekhtich?(f) – Where is your sister?

Wayn okokh?(m) – Where is your brother?

Mita betrohin Madresa? – When are you going to school?

Mumkin bukra/batcher– Maybe tomorrow.

Rohay kasli edinich(f) – Go wash your hands.

Mako akkil al yom – No food today.

Ana yoan, makillit shay aims. – I am hungry, I haven't eaten yesterday.

Mako may al yom – No water today.

Ana atchan, anabi may. – I am thirsty, I want water.

Kasli – wash

Kasli edinich(f)/edinik(m) – wash hands

Kel yom enti kasli edinich(f). – Everyday you wash your hands.

Ana kasli sayara bukra/batcher. – I will wash the car tomorrow.

Andikom sayara? – Do you have a car?

La, maandina sayara. – No, we don't have a car.

Nam, andina sayara. – Yes, we have a car.

Andikom floose? – Have you got money?

Ma-andikom floose. – You have no money.

Ana mako floose. – I have no money.

Ana fakira. – I am poor.

Ana bi estery kubaz/kubza. – I want to buy bread.

Miskina ehya mako floose– Pity, she got no money.

Ehya fakira, ehya mako floose. – She is poor, she got no money.

Ta-alli ma'ay, ana ako floose. – Come with me, I have money.

El bet kom kabeera. – Your house is big.

El bet kom sekhira. – Your house is small.

Ana mu faahim shino gaid tigool. – I don't understand what you are saying.

Mumkin enti gol marathanya. – Maybe you could say it twice.

Ana matisma. – I did not hear.

La'at gool chidee. – Don't say it like that.

Mayasir enti gool chidee. – You should not say like that or you must not say it like that.

Masalama – goodbye

Mumkin/yemkin – maybe

Mumkin enti(f) saadni. – Maybe you can help me.

Ana taba'ana. – I am tired.

Ana mako/mafi nawm. – I don't have sleep.

Mumkin enti saadni, ana mareedh. – Maybe you can help me, I am sick.

Eyalla ahna roh ashhoof el Tabeeb/Tabib al yom. – Come on let's all see the doctor today.

Emshy yalla ebsera-ah – Come on lets go, hurry up.

Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Sentences or Phrases used in Shops

Here are some examples of Kuwaiti Arabic sentences that are used in conversations in the shops with English translations:

Sallam/Marhaba! – Hello!/Hi!

Enti tatkallam Arabiyah? – Do you speak Arabic?(female)

Enta tatkallam Arabiyah? – Do you speak Arabic?(male)

La, ana tatkallam Englisiya. – No, I speak English.

La araf Arabiya. – I don't know Arabic.

La adri – No idea

Ma esmoho bel Arabiya? – What is that called in Arabic?

La afham? – I don't understand.

Assa'ah cham tiftahoon? – What time do you open?

Assa'ah cham tsakkaroon? – What time do you close?

Wayn igdar ahassil joti riyadah? – Where can I buy sports shoes?

Bel medina – in the city

Cham haddha? – How much is this?

Mako bellash? – Nothing free?

Abi kafar hag tilfonee. – I want cover for my phone.

Ana bi estery kabeer janta. – I will buy a big bag.

Ana bi estery sekhir janta. – I want to buy a small bag.

Ana bi estery kullo haddha. – I want to buy all of this.

Ana ga'id adawer ala jacket yild. – I am looking for a leather jacket.

Enti tabi estery haddha? – Do you want to buy this?(female)

Enti tabi estery bortakhal? – Do you want to buy orange?(female)

La, ana abi estery tofah/tofaha. – No, I want to buy an apple.

Ana abi estery farawla. – I want to buy strawberry.

Haddha helwa, min wen sharita? – This is beautiful, where did you buy it?

Cham floose andich?(f) – How much money you got?

Ana ako wayed floose. – I got much money.

Enti mako floose? – Have you got no money?

Mako shay, ga'id adawer. – Nothing, still looking.

Eyalla ahna roh bet na – Come on let's go home.

Ana bi estery semich. – I want to buy fish.

Min wayn sharitah? – Where did you buy it from?

Ente taaraf sawi machobos semich? – Do you know how to make/cook machobos semich?

La, maaraf sawi machobos semich. – No, I don't know how to make machobos semich.

Ana araf sawi machobos diyay. – I know how to cook/make machobos diyay.

Ente tabin lahim? – Do you like meat?

La, ana abi diyay wuyya botat. – No, I like chicken with potatoes.

Kullo rahat jameya/souk – They all went to the shop/store.

Ana abi estery joti riyadha – I want to buy sports shoes.

Ehya(f) mako mokan henna rohay. – She has no place here, go.

Enta(m) mako mokan henna. – You got no place here.

Haddha bellash – This is free.

Haddha Khallee – This is expensive/dear.

Haddha arkhees – This is cheap.

Haddha arkhees, ana bi estery killa.– This is cheap, I am going to buy both.

Haddha assan min haddha – This is better than this.

Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic Words or Phrases used in Sentences at the Airport

Here are some in Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic at the airport which might be helpful to know in case you go on holiday to Kuwait or the Middle East. It is useful to know a little bit of Arabic language to get you through at the airport in Arab countries.

Arabic Sentences — English Sentences:

  • Sallam allaykom – Peace be upon you all
  • Ento betrohon al mata'ar? – Are you all going to the airport?
  • Wayn al mata'ar? – Where is the airport?
  • Wayn mokaf al bas? – Where is the bus stop?
  • Wayn mahattat al-bas? – Where is the bus station?
  • Wayn mahattat taxi? – Where is the taxi stand?
  • Wayn al tayara? – Where is the plane?
  • Andikom jawaz? – Do you all have a passport?
  • Wayn betrohon? – Where are you all going?
  • Ahna be roh bel Kuwait. – We are going to Kuwait.
  • Cham janta andich?(f)/cham janta andik?(m) – How many bags do you have?
  • Andi ethnina janta bes. – I have two bags only.
  • Wahed bes – only one
  • Shino't gol? – What did he say?
  • La mako shay – No, nothing.
  • Mako mushkila/mafish mushkilla. – No problem.
  • Shlon el-ahl? – How is your family?
  • Kullahom zennin, shukran. – They are all fine, thanks.
  • Ohwa yabi hammam. – He wants the toilet.
  • Ehya tabi ta-akkil. – She wants to eat.
  • Ana abi akkil. – I want to eat.
  • Ana atchan. – I am thirsty.
  • Ana abi may. – I want water.
  • Khallee el may henna al mata'ar. – Water is expensive here at the airport.
  • May arkhees bel jameya. – Water is cheap in the shop.
  • Ana abi tsai/chay – I want tea.
  • Ana abi gahwa – I want coffee.
  • Ana abi assir – I want juice.

Sentences asking Directions or Places in Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic language

These are some sentences in spoken Kuwaiti Arabic asking for directions or asking about places that I have learnt with English translations.

Arabic Sentences or phrases — English Sentences

Ta-alli henna/henni. – Come here.

Wayn al bet kom? – Where is your house?

Wayn al mokan haddha? – Which place is this?

Haddha Kanesa. – This is a church.

Ana bi roh yam al Kanesa. – I want to go near the church.

Wayn al Madressa? – Where is the school?

Wayn al hammam? – Where is the toilet?

Allah tool – straight ahead

Wayn al Medina? – Where is the city?

Ahna min wara. – We are behind.

Enti(f) rohay jeddam – You go infront

Wayn al hadikha? – Where is the park?

Wayn al hammam bel mata'ar? – Where is the toilet in the airport?

Wayn al madresa? – Where is the school?

Ento tabon roh ma'ay? – Would you all want to go with me?

Ana abi roh bet na. – I want to go home.

Enti tabi roh ma'ay? – Would you like to go with me?

Yalla eb sera'ah – Come on quickly

Wayn al hammam bel jameya? – Where is the toilet in the shop?

Rahat fohk – Went up

Rahat tahat – Went down

Rahat jeddam – Went infront

Rahat al Kanesa. – Went to church.

Wayn al funduq? – Where is the hotel?

Wayn al sayarat kom? – Where is your car?

Wayn al safarat Ameriki? – Where is the American Embassy?

Wayn al mustashfa? – Where is the hospital?

How I learnt the Spoken Kuwaiti Arabic language

How I learnt the Kuwaiti Arabic language? I learnt the Arabic language when I worked in Kuwait for five years. The Kuwaitis speak the Arabic language and not many of them speak English only those that went to school like my ex-employers. Their two boys don't speak English and the other relations but my employers did know how to speak English. They were both educated. They helped me immensely in learning the spoken version of Arabic. They interpret everything to me, what the children want or say. It was very hard to learn the Arabic language but I did manage to learn it after three months.

I have written this sentences as how the words are pronounced so it is not perfect but if you just want to learn how to speak Arabic, it is quite helpful. It has helped me in the past, learning this spoken Arabic Language. I hope that it will help those who want to learn Kuwaiti Arabic language.

All I ask is, for you to leave your comments down below in the comment box if you have any suggestions or any questions please.

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      2 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Alan, thank you for your comment. I know it is hard to learn other languages but if you have the determination and the interest then it can be done. I did.

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      alan doy 

      6 months ago

      I learnt some Arabic when working there for 5 yrs , thought that was hard enough till my fiancée wanted me to learn tagalog

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      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Joan, thank you for reading my articles in hubpages and I am glad to know that it helps you. Spread the word please.

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      4 years ago

      Hi Linda thank you

      I read your hubpage it give me help to know arabic languages, I plan work in Kuwait soon,only shokran I know their language. And now I'm start reading and memorizing it,.merry Christmas and happy new year to you

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      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! Maureen, thank you for reading my new hub. I had one commented in one of my other two Arabic hubs that if possible I will use them in a sentence so that she will learn more so I made another hub. I hope it help others learn the Kuwaiti language. All is fine here in England too, thanks. How about you, hope all is well. Today I watched a bit of Andy Murray and Roger Federer play tennis at work on my break and Murray lost.

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      5 years ago from australia

      Hi Linda - this is so interesting and informative Must have been a fascinating time when you were living/working in Kuwait.Would like to know more. I've never visited Kuwait - and unlike you I do not have an ear for language. If ever I do go I'll know where to find more information - great job. Hope all well in England, I'm watching the cricket and sometimes tennis, every night...all best...


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