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Arabic Curse Words You Should Never Use

Curse words, also known as swear words, bad words, or insults, are for most people considered taboo when teaching and learning Arabic. Teachers will definitely cringe at the thought of their students learning Arabic curse words. For a word to qualify as a swear word it must have the potential to offend, crossing a cultural line into taboo territory. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Arabic?

Arabic curse words

On this page you will discover why you need at least to understand curse words, you will boost your comprehension skills by learning the power of swear words! Don’t forget to download your gifts: 3 FREE Arabic Cheat Sheets from the Top Slang Words you’ll hear in to the Top Rated-R Curse Words!

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Why You WIll Never Reach Fluent Comprehension If You Don’t Understand Them?

Here are 2 reasons why you should study curse and strong words expressions when learning Arabic:

Native speakers use curse words and expressions in everyday conversations

If you plan to study Arabic to speak with native speakers, then you better learn strong words. Native speakers won’t always use formal expressions, otherwise, it would be difficult to establish a real connection. When breaking the ice, it’s not uncommon to joke around or even use curse words for a reason or another. So it is best to at least learn some curse words and expressions if you plan to make friends, to catch everything during small talks.


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Curse words are used all throughout Arabic culture

If you turn on any popular Arabic TV show you are quickly going to see the value of learning curse words. Just like everyday conversations, Arabic culture is filled with curse words or expressions. Without some knowledge, popular culture and informal conversation can be quite confusing.

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The Dark Side of Arabic Curse Words

Identifying Arabic curse words will help you improve your comprehension, give you a better understanding of people and culture. However, using those vulgar words can make you look like a fool, uneducated and disrespectful. Words can be offensive, use the wrong ones and you will quickly turn out to be rude and mean people.

You need to pay attention to understand the context and the cultural sensitivity to use them with caution if you ever decide to use them! Never forget to be responsible and feel the emotion behind the words and how they affect others. I am sure you don’t want Arabic people not only to take you for a creep but also to hate you. Right?

Are You Sure To Be Ready For Your Free Cheat Sheet

You’ve made up so far, it’s time to reward you with your free pdf Cheat Sheet. From Arabic slang to Rated-R curse words we’ve gathered a collection of Cheat Sheet covering the words that you have more chance to hear in the streets of than in a textbook!

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Parental Guidance Cheat Sheet

This Cheat Sheet contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. It mainly contains Arabic slang words, nothing offensive but it is informal, only to be used in small talk with friends.

Arabic Romanized English
طز ṭuz I don’t care
مجنون maǧnūn crazy
مش مريح meš murīḥ creepy
جبان ǧabān coward
مستفز mustafez provocative
مزعج muzʿeǧ annoying
ملكش فيه malakš fīh None of your business
غريب ġarīb weird
معندوش نظر reḫem annoying
قليل األدب ʾalīl el-ʾadab ill-mannered
يابني yābnī dude
يا yalā you (masculine)
يا بت yā bet you (feminine)
متضايق metḍāyeʾ ticked off
احترم نفسك! eḥterem nafsak! Behave!

PG 13 Cheat Sheet - Forbidden to Under 13 Years Old

This Cheat Sheet contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 13 years old. It mainly contains Arabic strong words used in everyday life, recommended to be used with caution and friends only. (Example: Fool, Idiot, Stupid, Lame…)

Arabic Romanized English
أطرش ʾaṭraš deaf
أعمى ʾaʿmā blind
مش متربي meš metrabbī impolite
ملهوش تالتين لزمة malhūš talātīn lazmah dumb
عبيط ʿabīṭ fool
أهبل ʾahbal idiot
بلطجي balṭaǧī thug
فكسان faksān lame
خنيق ḫanīʾ pain in the neck
عيل ʿayyel big baby
جاهل ǧāhel ignorant
غبي ġabī stupid
مقرف muʾref disgusting
أي كالم ʾay kalām wimp
يادي النيلة yādī el-nīlah ! Shoot!/Oh crap!

Rated-R Cheat Sheet - Forbidden to Under 17 Years Old

This Cheat Sheet is specifically designed to be downloaded by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 18. It mainly contains Arabic curse words, insulting expressions that will make you sound vulgar. (Example: Damn it, Bastard, What the F***, F words…)