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ArabicPod101.com presents Arabic Survival Phrases. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Arabic speaking countries, with particular focus on Morocco. So join us for Arabic Survival phrases. You will be surprised at how far a little Arabic will go.
Now before we jump in, remember to stop by ArabicPod101.com There you’ll find an accompiying PDF, additional learning tools in the premium learning center, and other great Arabic language learning materials. In addition, you’ll find more information in the post. And if you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Hello, my name is Mounia, and I’ll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course. Feel free to call me “Mounia” which means “the wish” or “a dream” in Arabic. I was born in Rabat, I’ll do my best to help you make your trip to Morocco as enjoyable as possible. Most Arabic language that is taught throughout the Arab world is the standard classical Arabic. This is the language of the news, literature and education. No one speaks it as a native language per se, but it is used as a common language for people who speak different varieties of Arabic. Standard Arabic is different than the spoken Arabic that people use in everyday life. So to maximize your chances of being understood when you travel to Morocco, I’m going to teach you Arabic phrases that are as close as possible to the Arabic spoken by people in everyday life. So pack your suitcase and get ready to go! Oop, and.. don’t forget your Survival Phrases.
Wherever your destination maybe, manners are a must! And in this respect, Morocco is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase there is no excuse not to bring with you to Morocco. Again, I'll stress this over and over, a little bit of the language can go such a long way!
In Arabic "thank you" is "shukran" (شكرا). Shukran. Let’s break it down by a syllable: shuk-ran. Now let’s hear it once again. shukran.
The word "shukran" means “thanks”. Now in Arabic, there is a more formal way to express one’s gratitude. Let’s take a look at it. In Arabic, a formal way of expressing gratitute, like “thank you very much” is "shukran jaziilan" (شكرا جزيلا ). Shukran jaziilan.
The first word of the phrase "shukran" (شكرا) means “thanks”, as we learned earlier. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time: shuk-ran, shukran. This is followed by "jaziilan" (جزيلا), which in Arabic is “a lot”: jaziilan / jaziilan.
So, both words together "shukran jaziilan" (شكرا جزيلا ) mean “thanks a lot”. This phrase is quite formal and is usually used for writing “thank you” notes, or thanking someone when they invite you to their home for lunch or dinner, as well as in other formal situations. On the other hand, for very special occasions when someone goes above and beyond the call of being kind, when someone is extremely generous, or for any other time you're extremely grateful, we have the following phrase to express extreme gratitude. In Arabic, a format way of expressing gratitue, such as “thank you very much” is "baaraka allahu fiik" (بارك اللَّه فيك ). Baaraka allahu fiik. Let’s break it down by syllable: baaraka allahu fiik. Now let’s hear it again: baaraka allahu fiik. The first word "baaraka" (بارك) means “to bless.” Let’s break down this word and hear one more time: baaraka and.. baaraka. This is followed by "allahu" (اللَّه), which in Arabic is “God”: allahu.. allahu.. and allahu..The last word in this phrase is "fiik" (فيك) which means “in you”. Let’s break down this word and hear it one more time: fiik and fiik. The three words put together "baaraka allahu fiik" literally mean “God bless you”, which in many situations can be used to say “Thank you very much”.
Now, "shukran" (شكرا) is the most common word to say “thank you” in Arabic, and it can be used in a wide range of situations from shopping to eating out, and accepting invitation. But sometimes, you wanna say more than simple “thank you”, when someone gets out of their way to help you, which in Morocco is very likely to happen. And this is when you wanna use "baaraka allahu fiik" (بارك اللَّه فيك ).
Let’s take a look at an example below. Imaging you’re lost and you asked someone how to get to the train station. So a person stops and points out to where the station is. You just say.. "shukran" (شكرا). Now, what if the person goes out of their way and walks for you about ten minutes and tell you how to get to the station? They will take you to right to the ticket counter and make sure that you get on the right train. In this case, you want to say.. "shukran" followed by "baaraka allahu fiik". With this, you are sure to leave with a long-lasting impression.
Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for saying it out loud. You’ll have few seconds before I give you the answer. So.. حظ سعيد. that means "Good luck" in Arabic.
Okay, here we go.
Thank you شكرا / شكرا/ شكرا
Thanks a lot. شكرا جزيلا / شكرا جزيلا / شكرا جزيلا
Thank you very much or God bless you / بارك اللَّه فيك / بارك اللَّه فيك/ بارك اللَّه فيك
All right. This is going to do it for this lesson of Arabic Survival Phrases. Remember to stop by ArabicPod101.com. There you’ll find an accompiying PDF, additional learning tools in the premium learning center, and other great Arabic language learning materials. See you soon.

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