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4 Ways to Say Hello in Arabic Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Arabic Language, Pronunciation

Marhaba! It’s Anastasia again! Here are 4 ways to say hello in Arabic. We are also going to learn what each word means and in what situation to use it.


  • Hello :  مرحباً   Pronunciation : Marhaban/Marhaba/Maraheb.

Marhaba is the most popular word used for hello in Arabic. It is simple and cannot be confused with any other word. Marhaban is the fancy term, Marhaba is more familiar and the most popular and Maraheb is mostly used among close friends.

  • Good Morning : صباح الخير   Pronunciation : Sabah al Khayr.

To say good morning in Arabic we say Sabah al Khayr, it is usually answered with Sabah al Nour. Sabah al Khayr literally means the morning of good and Sabah al Nour means the morning of light, so the two people who are saluting each other are wishing each other goodness and light.

  • يعطيك العافية   Pronunciation :  Yaatik Al Aafiya

This salute is most commonly used to say hello to workers and employers who have tough jobs or work really hard. When you say it, you are wishing them health/strength. It literally means may god give you health/strength.

  • Hello, Bonjour or Hi

To everyone’s suprise, Arabs in general and the Lebanese people in particular  are open to multiple cultures. For example the English word hello and the French word bonjour are two very common words used among the Lebanese people to say hello and this is mainly because the Middle-East was under French and English mandate after WW2.



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About the Author: Anastasia

Marhaba! My name is Anastasia, I'm Lebanese and I'm the new Arabic blogger! As the great prophet Khalil Gibran once said "You have your Lebanon and I have my Lebanon." For as long as I can remember, my country has been poorly portrayed in the Western media, so allow me to introduce to the magic, mystical, and breathtakingly beautiful land I grew up in called : LEBANON.


  1. David Sarile:

    I enjoy this blog a lot
    One learns so much about Arabic culture and the Arabic language

    • Anastasia:

      @David Sarile Hello David!
      Thank you for your comment!

  2. Al G.:

    Thanks! But question – what about Salam Alekum(sp?)? I hear people use this one often? What does it mean and when is it appropriate to use? Also, while on the subject of greetings and good bye- I also hear Masalam (sp?) when departing but have tried to find out what it literally means and when is it ok to use? thanks for any help you can give me!!

    • Anastasia:

      @Al G. Hello! Salam Alekum can be used any time of the day. It literally translates to : Salam(Hello)to you. That’s why I didn’t include it in the article!

  3. Darweshi A Madyun:

    Khalil Gibran`snug literature helped tame the beast in me. Ms A. I gladly receive your shared knowledge. May Allah reward you with Jinnah.