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17:37 Aug 21, 2000
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Hello
a simple greeting
Joan
Arabic translation:Marhaba or Marhanban
Explanation:
This is the simplest way to say "hello" in Arabic. It is well understood in almost all Arabic speaking countries. It can be used in formal or informal settings.
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Abdulkareem Shamdeen
Local time: 08:59
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Summary of answers provided
naMarhaba or MarhanbanAbdulkareem Shamdeen
naas-Salaamu 'alaykum
Ghassan Ghosn
naYaa halla bik (bikum for plural/formal)shfranke
naAhlan or MarhabaMona Helal


  

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2 hrs
Ahlan or Marhaba


Explanation:
If your want to elaborate you can say:
Ahlan wa Sahlan [this usually is used by Egyptian Arabic speakers]
Marhaba [used by Lebanese, Syrian, .. etc]
Hope that helps

Mona Helal
Local time: 03:59
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 397

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Raghad
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13 hrs
Yaa halla bik (bikum for plural/formal)


Explanation:
Greetings.

In addition to the generally-common greetings shown in the previous post, Gulf Arabs (especially those in the "lower Gulf" region of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman) also use:

"halla" or "yaa halla bik" (bikum for plural or formal recipients)

PS: Simple greetings are rarely simple or short (especially those used in the Aarbian Gulf countries). They often and customarily involve "politeness formulas" or ritual exchanges of expressions and reciprocal evocations (See articles by the late Charles Ferguson)

HTH.

Regards from Los Angeles,

S. H. Franke


    Field notes. Works by Bruce Ingham, Tom Johnstone, Sir Dennis Hawley
shfranke
United States
Local time: 08:59
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 336

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15 hrs
as-Salaamu 'alaykum


Explanation:
Hi/Hello Joan,

'Peace be upon you,' has been THE (simple) Arab greeting since time immemorial. Everywhere in the Arab and Islamic worlds this greeting is understood by EVERYBODY. All the other forms (marahaba, hala beek, etc) are less classical and definitely less known.

Peace be upon U 2.

Ghassan

Ghassan Ghosn
Local time: 18:59
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
PRO pts in pair: 50

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19 hrs
Marhaba or Marhanban


Explanation:
This is the simplest way to say "hello" in Arabic. It is well understood in almost all Arabic speaking countries. It can be used in formal or informal settings.

Abdulkareem Shamdeen
Local time: 08:59
Native speaker of: Native in KurdishKurdish, Native in ArabicArabic
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