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21:57 Oct 15, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: hello
it is like you see someone and you want to say hello or what's up.
albert chan
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Summary of answers provided
5 +1ahlan/marhabaxxxeilema
5 +1Ahlan/Assalam Aalaykoumxxxbbadria
4salaam, salaam alayka, ahlan wa sahlanyacine


  

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ahlan/marhaba


Explanation:
There are lots of ways to say hello, but ahlan is one common way. Ahlan is the abbreviated form of "Ahlan wa Sahlan," used for hello or welcome.

Marhaba is another common form.

Incidentally, if someone said marhaba to you, you would answer marhabtayn ("two marhabas") and if someone said ahlan you would say ahlan bik (ahlan to you).

xxxeilema

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Ahlan/Assalam Aalaykoum


Explanation:
Ahlan is more neutral while Assalam Aalaykoum is used only when talking to muslims.

xxxbbadria

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salaam, salaam alayka, ahlan wa sahlan


Explanation:
the ending of the second solution varies according to the number and gender of the person you are speaking to
HTH
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