Helpful Arabic Phrases for Visitors to Palestine: Many people in Palestine speak basic English, and so it is possible to travel around Palestine without knowing any Arabic. However, it would be useful and polite to try to learn a few basic phrases to help you interact with the Palestinians that you meet. When Annabel, an intern at the Excellence Center in Hebron, first visited Palestine, she knew no Arabic, and as a result felt daunted by interactions with taxi drivers and shopkeepers. Chris, another intern at the Center says “knowing a little Arabic will really help you communicate with the locals and feel more comfortable”. Below are just a few phrases that may be useful for a visit to Palestine.
Hello = marhaba
Yes = ‘eeh
No = laa
Thank you = shukran
How are you? = Kifalak/Kifalik (m/f)
Good = Tammam
What is your name? = shoo ‘es-mak/shoo ‘esmik (m/f)
My name is… = ismee…
Where are you from = min wen inta?
Do you speak English = Btahkee ingleezee
I don’t understand = ma fahemet
Help = Saaidnee/saaideenee (m/f)
I’m lost = Ana daai/ana daaie (m/f)
Where are the toilets? = Wen il hammaamaat?
What time is the bus? = emta ilbaas il?
Please take me to… = Oosalnee ind
Can you show me (on the map) = Btwar jinee
Hotels and Shopping
How much is it? = addeesh ha’u
Where is an ATM? = wen jehaez is saraafe
Where is a hotel? = wen fundu?
Do you have vegetarian food? = Fee indkun taaam nabaatee
One ticket please = tazkire izabitreed
That’s too expensive = Hada ghaalee ikteer
Do you want…? = Bidak/Bidek (m/f)
I want = Bide
Water = miy
1 = waahed
2 = ‘itnayn
3 = talaate
4 = ‘arba
5 – khamse
6 = sitteh
7 = sabba’
8 = tamaanye
9 = tessa
10 = ashara
Days of the Week
Monday = Altineen
Tuesday = Altalatah
Wednesday = AlArbah
Thursday = AlKhames
Friday = Aljumeh
Saturday = Alsabt
Sunday = Alahad
Here are just a few useful phrases for any visitor to Palestine, which will hopefully be of value to travellers. What is important to know is that the Arabic spoken in the Palestinian territories is Levantine Arabic. This is a different, regional dialect to MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) which is the official written language of the Arab world, and which is often taught in the West.