Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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What To Say In Arabic When Someone Has A Baby

Today’s post is about saying congratulation in Arabic for a new baby. I will teach you the general rules on what to say in Arabic when someone has a baby, then will mention the Islamic wishes and duas to say in that situation.

Congratulations For The Baby in Arabic

The word for congratulations is “Mabrook” مبروك or “Mubarak” مبارك to use the more formal Modern Standard Arabic. Here is how to use it:
Congratulations for the baby :

  • مبارك لكم المولود
    “mubarakon lakom al mawlood”
  • تهانينا على المولود
    “tahanina ala al mawlood”.
  • ألف مبروك
    “alf mabrook”; this literally means a thousand congratulations and is mainly used in Egypt.
  • يتربّى (تتربّى) في عزك
    “yetrabba (tetrabba) fe ezzak!” (feminine version in brackets);
    this means wishing they grow up blessed in the family’s wealth and goodness.

Islamic Congratulations For New Baby

Here are some prayers “duas” to say when someone has a baby:
(بارك الله لك في الموهوب لك، وشكرت الواهب، وبلغ أشده، ورزقت بره)
Which means: May allah send his blessings upon his gift to you, may you thank Allah, may he/she grow to their fullest strength, and may they be good to you. I’m not a scholar but this dua was said by Al Hasan Albasry, and isn’t a specific sunnah from the prophet Mohamed peace be upon him.
A shorter version is to say: بارك الله لكم في الموهوب
“baraka Allahu lakom fel mawlood” which basically means may Allah bless your baby. “Al Mawhoob” means the gifted to you because children are a blessing from God.

What other situations would you like to learn about when it comes to Arabic? Also, were you just looking for this information as a one off or are you a beginner learning Arabic?

Thank you and see you in a new Arabic lesson!

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How To Order Food & Drinks In Arabic

One of the most common situations when traveling is going to a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop. In this post we will learn how to politely order food or drinks in a restaurant in Arabic; plus some common words and phrases to use in a restaurant. Please note most of the Arabic in this post is in Egyptian dialect as it is probably easiest and most understood in any Arab country.

Ordering food and drinks in Arabic

How to say I would like a coffee please in Arabic
Can I have a coffee, please?

ممكن قهوة ، لو سمحت؟ = “momken ahwa law samaht” (Egyptian dialect) or “momken gahwa law samaht” (gulf dialect).
You can pretty much use this for anything, just replace coffee “qahwa” for whatever you want (see table below). You could also add the number of coffees before “qahwa”, for example two coffees “etnain ahwa” and so on. I will also list the numbers below.
Instead of لو سمحت, you could also use: من فضلك “men fadlak”, which translates to if you please. Note that all the western types of coffee (latte, machiato, etc) can just be said in English, the same applies to hot chocolate. In fact, if you walk into one of the global brands like Starbucks or Costa in any Arab country you can probably just say the whole order in English.

Another way is to say:

I would like a tea please
أنا عايز شَاي لَوْ سَمَحْت
“ana 3ayez shai law samaht” – notice it is pronounced shai not chai

Do you have orange juice?
عندك عصير بُرتُقَال؟
“3andak 3aseer bortoqal?”

Do you have vegetarian food?
عندك أكلات نباتيه؟
“3andak aklat nabateyah?”

How much is it?

Can I have the bill please?
الحِسَاب لَوْ سَمَحْت
“el 7esab lw samaht”

I have an allergy
أنا عندي حساسيه
“ana 3andy 7asaseyah”

Nut allergy
حساسيه من المكسرات
“7asaseya mn el mekassarat”


من غير / بدون
“mn gheer / bedoon”

Tea is very popular in most Arab countries

Arabic food and drink vocabulary

Apple juiceعصير تفاح3aseer toffa7
Orange juiceعصير برتقال3aseer bortoqal (or borto2an)
Mango juiceعصير مانجه3aseer manga
Without milk
Skimmed milk
بدون لبن
لبن منزوع الدسم
bedon laban
laban manzo3 el dasam
Decaffienatedمنزوع الكافايينmanzo3 el kafayeen
Restaurant مطعمmat3am
Saltملحmal7 (mele7 in other countries)
A lot (more)كتيرketeer
Little (less)قليلolayel (“galeel” in other countries)

Numbers 1-10 in Arabic


I hope you found this helpful. Remember to thank the person serving you, it is very easy to say thank you in Arabic! Let me know in the comments if you need any more words or phrases and I will add them to this page!