Learn Arabic – How to Introduce Yourself in Arabic

September 29, 2019 0 By Peter Engel

Welcome to ArabicPod101.com’s Al-ʿarabiyyah
fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic. Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole… surirtu biliqāʾika:
Hi, I’m Carole. Nice to meet you. In this series Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi
daqāʾiq, we’re going to learn basic Arabic expressions. It’s super easy and it takes only three
minutes! In this lesson, you’re going to learn how
to introduce yourself in Arabic. There are a few other ways to say it, depending on how
formal you want to be. Let’s first look at an informal way to introduce
yourself in Arabic. Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole. Surirtu biliqāʾika.
Hi, I’m Carole. It’s a pleasure to meet you [slowly] Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole… Surirtu
biliqāʾika. Now you try it: Start by saying Marḥaban
which is the equivalent of Hi. Then, say ʾanā (literally I am) followed by your name. ʾanā
Carole is ‘I am Carole’. Finally, say ‘Nice to meet you’. If you are talking
to a man, you say surirtu biliqā’ika. If you are talking to a woman, say surirtu biliqā’iki.
if you are talking to a woman. This phrase means “I am happy to meet you.”surirtu
is literally “Iam glad” or ‘nice to`and biliqā’ika/biliqā’iki is “to meet you”. In the English phrase “Glad to meet you,”
“you” is a neutral word. You can use it for both men and women. But in Arabic, the
word “you” needs a gender. When you change the last letter in liqāʾika, “a” to
an “i” sound, liqāʾiki, you are actually changing the word “you” from the male
to female version. Please be careful to use the correct version! Now let’s see another way of introducing
yourself. In this version you will say ‘ Hi, my name is Carole’ instead of ‘Hi, I am
Carole’. And we will learn another way of saying ‘nice to meet you’. Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika.
Hi, my name is Carole. I am honored to meet you. [slowly] Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu
bimaʿrifatika. What has changed from the previous introduction? Let’s take a close look at these together. First, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole has changed
to Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. So, instead of saying Hi, I’m Carole, we are speaking
in a more formal way by saying Hi, my name is Carole. Next, after giving your name, instead
of saying surirtu biliqā’ika you say Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika or I am honored to meet you,
which is a bit more formal. Again, we should not forget to change the
ending of the word depending on the gender of the person you’re speaking to. It would
be Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika for a man and Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatiki in case of a woman. One more time: here are the four ways you
learned to introduce yourself in Arabic. Informally, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole..surirtu
biliqā’ika. if you are speaking to a man. And, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole…surirtu biliqā’iki
if you are speaking to a woman. The formal way to introduce yourself is: Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika
if the person you’re talking to is a man. and Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu
bimaʿrifatiki if that person is a woman. Now it’s time for Carole’s tips. When you introduce yourself in the Middle
East or Northern African countries, it’s polite to offer your right hand for a handshake or
give three kisses on the cheeks, although the rules vary depending on where you are. Arab people place great value on politeness,
so for example, it is considered rude to enter a room or a place without greeting everyone.
If you use the right sentence to introduce yourself, they’ll definitely be impressed! Do you know how to say “thank you” in
Arabic? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Narākum
fi al-marrati al-qādimah! See you next time!