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Hi! I’m Carole.
Welcome to ArabicPod101.com’s Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic.
In the last lesson, we learned how to introduce ourselves in Arabic. Today we’re going to learn how to use good manners as we thank people.
Hal ʾantum ǧāhizūn? Are you ready? Fal nabdaʾ!, then let’s start!
There are several ways to thank someone. Let's start with the most common phrase:
[slowly] šukran
šukranmeans “thank you”.
To say "thank you very much," you just need to add ǧazīlan:
šukran ǧazīlan!
[slowly] šukran ǧazīlan!
šukran is a formal way of saying thank you. If you want to thank someone more casually, say:
Mutašakkir if you’re a guy and Mutašakkirah if you’re a girl.
[slowly] Mutašakkir /Mutašakkirah
This phrase means "I am grateful” or “I am thankful”
When someone thanks you, how should you answer? There's no set response like "You're welcome" in English, but there are a few things you can say.
The first is: Bi kulli surūr
This means "With pleasure."
[slowly] Bi kulli surūr
Another phrase you can say is Taḥta ʾamrika which literally means “at your service” or “at your disposal!” If you are talking to a woman, you should say “Taḥta ʾamriki”.
[slowly] Taḥta ʾamrika/Taḥta ʾamriki
It is often used as a funny way of responding to someone thanking you.
There are so many ways of saying “you’re welcome” in Arabic, another one is “lā šukra ʿalā wāǧib” which means “don’t thank me, it’s my duty”.
[slowly] lā šukraʿalā wāǧib
Now it’s time for Carole’s tips.
šukran can mean thank you or thanks. Arabic language is very emotional, and relations between Arab people are very personal. So what if you want to use an expression that sounds more friendly? In that case, you can use ʾAllah yiḫallīk! This is a nice way to thank someone, that means “May God protect you!”
[slowly] ʾAllah yikhallīk!
Do you know what ʾilā al-liqāʾ means? In our next lesson you’ll learn this and more other greetings in Arabic!
ʾilā al-liqāʾi fi al-marrati al qādimah!