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Basic Kuwaiti Arabic language (words and phrases) with meanings in the English Language

Updated on March 14, 2017
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Linda is passionate about learning and speaking a new language like Arabic, English, Tagalog(my own language) and many more.

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Kuwaiti Arabic Numbers in English

Everyone goes to school to learn English, Math, Science, Algebra and so on, but there is one thing I learnt without going to school, how to speak Arabic. And this is how I did it.

1. Went to work in Kuwait - an Arabic speaking country. I even had no idea what language they speak, what food they eat and what work I am getting myself into.

2. I was given a job as a Nanny to two lovely boys. But there was a problem, the language barrier, I don't understand any words they are saying. But to be fair my Ex-Employers -lovely couple knows how to speak English.

3. I ask my ex- employer to give me notebook. In this notebook, I wrote down anything the kids say to me, then I ask the parents for the meanings. I note every word, phrase or sentences that I hear from anyone like my Ex-Employers' parents, sisters, brothers and friends and specially the kids. Then my Lady employer explained them all to me.

4. Three months passed and I was speaking the Arabic language already. I was pleased with myself. Although I can't write in Arabic, I am now able to communicate with the kids and everyone in the family and to anyone really. It was not easy but it was fun as well trying to pronounce and learn a new language but the benefit in the long term is so amazing.

Meanings of the Numbers from 1 to 10 in Kuwaiti Arabic to English; Learn how to count in Kuwaiti Arabic Numbers to English Numbers from one to ten. I have written the meanings in how it is pronounced.

wahde , wahed – one, 1

ethnin/ethnina – two, 2

thalatha – three, 3

arba-a – four, 4

kamse/kamsa – five, 5

seethe/Sitta – six, 6

sebha/sab-ah – seven, 7

thamaniya – eight, 8

tis-ah – nine, 9

ashra – ten, 10


Weekdays in Arabic -- Meaning in English

Ahad -- Sunday

Ethnin -- Monday

Thalata -- Tuesday

Arba'a -- Wednesday

Khamis -- Thursday

Jum-ah -- Friday

Sabt -- Saturday


Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases and Words translated to English Language: I have written the Arabic meanings, the way it is pronounced. It is how they say it. I wish I could write and read the Arabic Language. Here again, as long as I can communicate with Arab people, that is better for me.

Kuwaiti Arabic Phrases and WordsMeanings in English(Translations) – Learn the Arabic spoken Language


Sallam!/Marhaba! -- Hello!

Shelon kom -- How are you all?

Kella rahat -- They all went.

Wen betrohin?– Where are you going?

digiga – hang on a second

Enti ta- araf kalam Englisiya ? – Do you know how to speak English?

baed – more

la -- no

na-am/nam -- yes

shuwaya – little

atini shuwaya – give me a little

Ana tabin hada – I like this

Bait/bet – Home

Manzel – House

Maktab – Office

Jawaz – Passport

Civil ID -- Patha-aya

Kanesah – Church

Rahat Kanesah – Went to Church

Maktab Albareed – Post Office

Ghorfa/Dar – Room

Bab -- door

Maktab Asafareyat – Travel Agent

Mat'am – Restaurant

Mata'ar – Airport

rahat bait – went home

rejaal/riyal – man

Riyal -- Saudi Arabia's money

marra – woman

Akmar/akmarra -- donkey, ass

ta-ali – come here

helwa – beautiful

dekkan/Jameya – store or grocery store

esm/esmi – name

ente Esmekh? – What is your name?

eshlonik ? – How are you?

Zen – Fine

mozina/mozin – not good

Afwan – You are welcome

Sabah alkair – good morning

Masa'a alkhair – good evening

Layla sa eda -- goodnight

Atini may – give me some water

atini eikel – give me some food

mako/ maffish – none,nothing

floose – money

mako floose – no money

Ro,rohay – go

Lah-za -- wait

saadni -- help

minfadlak saadni --please help

please -- minfadlak

yalla -- let's go

kalas – finish

eshtakel – work

rahat eshtakel – went to work

masalama – goodbye

tayara – airplane

sayara – car

banzene – petrol

habba – love

Ana habba ekte/ aket – I love my sister

Ana habba okho – I love my brother

akh/okho – brother

Aket/ ekti -- sister

umma/Om – my mother

Jadah/yadah/odah – grandmother

Jaddi/yadi – grandfather

Ab/Obo – my father

Walledan -- parents

Walled,Wallad – Boy

bint/binaya – girl

Mashkora/Shokran -- thank you

Hammam – Toilet

Hammam Riyal – Gents' Toilet

Hammam Harem – Ladies' Toilet

Insha'llah – God willing

makko eshtakel alyoum -- no work today

Lesh? – Why?

Ismi – My name is

Khubz – Bread

Halib – Milk

Telifon – Telephone

Sadiq – Friend

Mata'ar – Airport

Madresa – School

Souk/Sooq – Market

Jam'eya – Supermarket

Jame'aa – University

Hadiya – Gift

Khaif Halak – How are you?(To a man)

Khaif Halik – How are you?(To a woman)

miskina – pitiful

Jenseya – Nationality

Englisiya – English

Kalam – Speak

bel – in

bel Kuwait – in Kuwait

Shahar – month

Osbo'a – week

Yom – day

Alyoum – today

Sa'a – hour

Thanya – second

Zefr – Zero

Ana – I

Enta – you (male)

Enti – you (female)

Ento – you (plural)

Ehna/Ahna – We(all)

Hom/Ohom – they

ohwa/howa – he

Heya/Ehya – she

Esnahu/eshmah – his name

Eshmoha/Esemha – her name

omrah – his age

omorha – her age

ta allam – to learn

There are many more but these are just a few words and phrases that I learnt on my first month in Kuwait. To sum it up, learning another language is easy when you live in a country that speaks another language. That is how I learnt how to speak spoken Arabic. It came in very handy for me being a nanny at the time because I can then communicate with the kids without asking their parents all the time what they want.

Learning another Language has lots of benefits

My sister works in Israel and she has learnt the Hebrew spoken language as well. My sister communicates well with her Employer in the Hebrew language as she doesn't speak English. So it shows that wherever we go in the different parts of the world another language can be learnt if we are interested to learn something new. It will come in useful in communicating with people in that country where you work. I find it very useful having a second language like English because anywhere you go in the world it connects you with other people.


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Please may I have some comments on how I could improve my article or if there are other things that I could be of help to anyone reading my article about basic Kuwaiti Arabic Language. If you have any comments, there is a space down below for you to fill in. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Al Kuwaiti 13 days ago

      Terrific site and encouragement. Although born and educated in Kuwait, I was educated in English ( in Ahmadi, 50 yrs ago) and now wish I'd learned Arabic. With the help of the internet and sites like this, I'm now trying to educate myself in Kuwati

      Arabic. Thanks.

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      Rony 3 months ago

      Thank you

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      Linda Bryen 3 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Watersnake, have you read my other articles about the Arabic languages? I have another article which might help you in hubpages or Wander Wisdom.

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      Kiko 4 months ago

      Need the pronunciation

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      Linda Bryen 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome zaid

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      Linda Bryen 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Ben for your corrections. I appreciate it very much. It was the way I was taught, maybe they were wrong.

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      Linda Bryen 6 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you all for your lovely comments. Sorry I haven't been writing much as I had to go home to the Philippines for personal reasons. And now I am back I will be adding more articles hopefully.

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      zaid 6 months ago

      great and wonderful job thanks for sharing this information with us may allah tala blesses with u

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      ujjal biswas 8 months ago

      Thanks this website because of learn &help unknown Arabic language so many many thanks

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      anonymous 11 months ago

      shokran!!!!!!!!!!!

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      LIJO GEORGE 11 months ago

      Thank you very much. Its very helpful me now i am learning arabi lagguage. I am nurse ,would you please add how to speak with patients and relatives. Thankyou verymuch.

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      belle fr jahra kuwait 14 months ago

      Thank u very much..its a big help reading your article..im here in kuwait for almost 4 mos now..pls add more specially verbs..

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      Ben 14 months ago

      Nice but just a suggestion, only the pronunciation of the word some is wrong. .

      kamse – five, 5 (Khamsa)

      seethe – six, 6 (Sitta)

      sebhe,sebe-e - seven, 7 (Sab-ah)

      themania – eight, 8 (Thamaniya)

      these-eh – nine, 9 (Tis-ah)

      No need to put the word (YOM Al) because it means (Yom-Day, Al-the)

      Sunday (Ahad)

      Monday (Ethnin)

      Tuesday (Thalata)

      Wednesday (Arbaa)

      Thursday (Khamis)

      Friday (Jum-ah)

      Saturday (Sabt)

      Ahad-Sunday

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      cecelia 18 months ago

      awesome thanks so much this is useful

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      Aakash 19 months ago

      I need to learn Kuwaiti.. Because am going to settle there after 1 month please help me.

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      Linda Bryen 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome raju.

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      raju 19 months ago

      Thanks for so much information

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      Linda Bryen 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Kizia, thanks for your question. It is not easy to learn Arabic language but with perseverance you can do it. Just learn from experience and hope my article will help you. Good luck.

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      Kizia1008 19 months ago

      I want to know more about arabic language...please help me how to absorb it...thank you...

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      Linda Bryen 21 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Christy, you will soon learn. Try and write down any word they utter then ask someone who can speak English to translate. It is hard at first but you can learn too. I can only ask you to read my three articles. I have three hubs and the third one is using Arabic words in a sentence.

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      christy 21 months ago

      I've been here in kuwait for 6 months now and really i wanted to learn more..i want to learn their language but how i can no one teach me..maybe u can add more words..

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      Linda Bryen 21 months ago from United Kingdom

      akoO51014 , Sorry I forgot the word num. This sounds like an Egyptian Arabic. Sorry I can't translate this for you.

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      ako051014 21 months ago

      Hala boy yala ser num hehe lesh mafi num?-what does it mean?

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      Gouse, yes I have three articles and they are all here at hubpages. You might enjoy the one where I use the Arabic words in a sentence then I translate it. Have a look at the titles of my hub, you will find them. Thanks for reading them.

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      gouse 22 months ago

      You have 3articles mashallah can you please share the links

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Gouse, thank you for your comment and I am pleased that it helps you. I would like you to tell your friends about it and share it as much as you can. I already have three articles about the spoken Arabic language and I hope you will read them all. Thank you.

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      gouse 22 months ago

      Ohhhh. Mashallah mashallah, this is one of the best English to kuwait arabic blog. Thanks for sharing. This more help full to non arbic peoples to express our feelings. Please add more words like this. Thank you

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      I am pleased that my blog about Arabic language helped you. Thank you for reading my blog.

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      I love to learn proper arabic 22 months ago

      Masallah i got finally good web blog of you which impress me a lot of word which i need day to day communication in colleques . May Allah bless you .

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      Linda Bryen 22 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Herty-from Ghana, I will only translate what I think the meaning of the following words you gave me.

      Hatch - take

      chufe - see, look

      menon or minon - crazy, fool

      Sorry but I am not sure about the words Shinum, gib and waklan.

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      herty-from Ghana 23 months ago

      thnx alot

      pls what's the meaning of these words;haatch,chufe,menom,shinum,gib and waklan

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      Linda Bryen 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      You can tell your friends to go to my articles and read it thru Hubpages or they can google the title of my article. This is easily done by using Google. Thank you Ravi.

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      ravi bista 23 months ago

      I will definitely try to do that but my fb accountbis deactivated so how can l do can u tell me little bit. I use only imo and viber +96597789376 that's my num thanks again for that

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      Linda Bryen 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Ravi Bista, thank you so much for reading and learning from my hub. I would like to ask a favour in return, could you please share it to others too? Thank you.

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      ravi bista 23 months ago

      Thank-you so much that the most important basic word we must learn

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      Linda Bryen 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Azhar for your comment and I am glad you learnt something from my article. Please share to your friends on Facebook.

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      Azhar 23 months ago

      Assalam alikum, even though I speak Arabic still i learned here few new words.

      Thank you

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      Linda Bryen 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      lieszel, thank you for reading my hub about Kuwaiti language. I just want to share my language knowledge and hope to help others.

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      liezel 24 months ago

      U help alot....to understand .....kuwait language...tnx...

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      Linda Bryen 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Rose from Qasar Kuwait for reading my hub. I am happy to hear that this article helps you. It is very basic Kuwaiti Arabic but it helped me when I was ther in Kuwait years ago. Have you read my other two Hubs about the Kuwaiti spoken language?

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      Rose from Qasar kuwait 24 months ago

      Thank you very much and it helps..

      Can you put a sentence about the family talking...ma asallamah

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      Linda Bryen 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Christine for your comment. I have three hubs or articles if you want to learn more, try and read all of them. The third one is using the Arabic words or phrases in sentences with English meanings or translations.

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      christine gentilizo 24 months ago

      Thank you it helps me a lot but please share more please!!!

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Justin for your comments.

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      justin 2 years ago

      Hii good one easy grasping the words thank you...

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Milady. Thank you for your comment. I will add some more next time.

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      milady 2 years ago

      thank you good job

      pla add more words

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      Gap Saimia 2 years ago

      I suggest using http://preply.com/en/arabic-by-skype for easy arabic learning as a supplement for your article

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      saimia 2 years ago

      You could actually find online services catering easy arabic learning. Check sites like http://preply.com/en/arabic-by-skype

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for reading my article Khatia.

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      khatia 2 years ago

      Thanq sir

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Jincy, thank you for reading my hub and I am glad I help you. I have three articles, one is using the Arabic words or phrases in sentences then I translated them to English. Try and read all three hubs or articles and let me know what you think. I think my third article is better as I used the words in sentences.

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      Jincy 2 years ago

      Its really helpful . Like to learn much more. Could u pls add more. I am working in medical field. Thank u so much

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Majibar, thank you if my article had helped you. You can learn Arabic by lots of practice but it would be better if you go to a place where they speak the language and learn from local Arabic people. There is another hub that I wrote about using the Arabic words in sentences and it is translated in the English language so you can speak Arabic. Good luck.

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      Majibar Rahman 2 years ago

      Thank u I have need learn to talk Arabic lenguage. How can do it?Advise please.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Meme.

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      meme 2 years ago

      good job

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am sorry but I have not come across this word before.

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      shyju 2 years ago

      What is the meaning of mishan

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Isaac, thank you for appreciating what I have written. If you read my other two articles, you will find that I have written more using words or phrases in sentences.

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      Issac 2 years ago

      Thanku for the good help.. Really appreciable.. Like to learn much more words. If you could, please help by adding more words.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Sam for your comment, have a look at my new hub Using sentences in Arabic translated to English. You are welcome.

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      sam 2 years ago

      mushkoor habeebii wayeed zain...:-)

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Okey, Princess let me think. You just given me an idea on what to write next. I will try my best to help you if you really want to learn Arabic in sentences.

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      princess 2 years ago

      Please teach us how to make sentence with these words.i am interested in learning arabic. Thank uu.

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Mahammad for your kind comment. I am glad my hub can help you.

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      mahammad 2 years ago

      Thank you so much I need more Arabic words once thank you soon much

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Sharon for your kind comment. I hope that my hub helps you too.

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      sharon 2 years ago

      I am happy &impressed to see your helpful mentality towards others difficulty.....thank you so much

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Samir, thank you so much for your kind comment. I am glad that you appreciate my hub of Arabic language.

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      Samir 2 years ago

      very happy for this guidelines, learn basic Arabic imp words, the person should know if a person want to live happily in Arabic country..

      i am impress and appreciate ..

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Shamin, does masaad means funny? I haven't come across this word yet.

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      shamim 2 years ago

      Masaad funny

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Mr. Val, my pleasure and I am happy too that my hub or article about the Arabic to English is of help to you.

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      Mr Val 2 years ago

      thanks for the article i learnt the basics. i will be in kuwait next month. Thanks again

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! I am glad this hub is very useful to you.

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      hinu 2 years ago

      Useful to me

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't think they are nice words if I said them to you. Swear words are not good to say to fellow human being.

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      bavapeer 2 years ago

      Nice words

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      The above words are swear words in Kuwait which I don't want to add really but I know most of them. Perhaps I will add it to my hub later. Thank you for visiting my hubs and commenting.

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      charry 2 years ago

      Thanks can you put more words im here in kuwait now working. An you give me idea or bads words for me to be aware.

      Ya kalbah

      Humar

      Noona

      Zubala

      Stahbat

      I always hear that whe she yells

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, divyesh for your comment and I am glad if my article helps you.

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      divyesh 2 years ago

      Thank you. This words are basic word and we all must knw this words if you are in GCC country. Thank you

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you sushant roy for your kind comment. I am happy if you learn something from it.

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      sushant roy 2 years ago

      Thank you to share your Knowledge with us.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Alex, it is nice to share our knowledge to anyone who is interested in learning. I am glad you appreciate it.

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      AlexFrancis 3 years ago

      Thank you for putting in your time to share your knowledge with us.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you whoever you are who is putting the previous comments right. I was taught that marra means woman and riyal means man and I am sticking to it and it seems you agree with me. Thank you for that. I think you are right, he was thinking of the bad word hmar or hmara. Thank you for pointing that out.

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      Me 3 years ago

      Rijal or riyal both means man but the first one mostly bedouins use it as they pronounce the "j" instead of "y" e.g istaajil instead of istaayil (hurry up), marra means woman perhaps she thought of hmar/hmara which means donkey.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      In Kuwait, that is how they call their men. I was taught this by my Kuwaiti employer.

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      Faris Khan 3 years ago

      Riyal is the currency of Saudi Arabia,its Rijaal (man) :) good work

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Abdul, it's my pleasure to help you and others.

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      Abdul 3 years ago

      Million thanks for sharing this article.It's really helpful.Thanks for your help.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Shinu, thank you for appreciating my hub about the Arabic language. I happen to learn this language by myself and just want to share it with everyone. Have you read my other Hub about Arabic language?

      I made another one so have a look and read it. There is more interpretations of Arabic words and phrases.

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      shinu 3 years ago

      Thank u very much

      if u will get free time put more words.

      really its very useful

      one more thank u

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      That was what they taught me. I hope you are not joking.

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      me 3 years ago

      Marra means donkey not woman.

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      jomelyn 3 years ago

      i need to learn much better......please add more