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Learn 100 of the Most Common Words in Arabic Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Arabic Language, Grammar

In this post, I share the 100 most commonly used words in Arabic. For those looking to learn a language quickly, Tim Ferris (of the 4 Hour Work Week) recommends you learn vocabulary based on frequency. For example, the 100 most frequently used words in English writing make up about 25% of all English writing. That’s a huge return on investment for learning only 100 worlds, right? As far as I know, there is no official list of this type for Arabic, so I’ve created the list below, based on my experience with the language, as the best approximation of the 100 most commonly used words in Arabic. For those looking to learn 100 of the most commonly used Arabic words, this is the right place to start. I advise you all to learn these common words and go over them again even if you know most of them already. Think of them as building blocks! I am confident this will give you a huge leg up when writing, reading, and listening to Arabic.

  Arabic English
1 من of
2 و and
3 إلى to
4 في in
5 أنت you
6 أن that
7 هو he
8 كان was
9 كما as
10 مع with
11 له his
12 هم they
13 أنا I
14 يكون be
15 هذا this
16 لديك have
17 أو or
18 واحد one
19 من قبل by
20 كلمة word
21 لكن but
22 ليس not
23 ما what
24 كل all
25 كانت were
26 نحن we
27 عندما when
28 ك your
29 تمكن can
30 قال said
31 هناك there
32 استخدم use
33 كل واحد each
34 التي which
35 هي she
36 فعل do
37 كيف how
38 إذا if
39 سوف will
40 فوق up
41 آخر other
42 عن about
43 خارج out
44 داخل inside
45 كثير many
46 ثم then
47 هن them
48 هؤلاء these
49 هكذا so
50 بعض some
51 لها her
52 أراد would
53 جعل make
54 مثل like
55 وقت time
56 لديه has
57 بحث look
58 اثنان two
59 أكثر more
60 كتب write
61 ذهب go
62 رأى see
63 رقم number
64 لا no
65 نعم yes
66 طريق way
67 يمكن could
68 الناس people
69 لي my
70 غير than
71 الأول first
72 ماء water
73 استدعاء call
74 الذي who
75 نفط oil
76 الآن now
77 اكتشاف find
78 طويل long
79 قصير short
80 يوم day
81 الحصول على get
82 جاء come
83 مصنوع made
84 قد may
85 جزء part
86 يضحك laugh
87 جيد good
88 جميل beautiful
89 قبيح ugly
90 صعب difficult
91 سهل easy
92 سييء bad
93 صباح morning
94 مساء evening
95 لذيذة delicious
96 قهوة coffee
97 شاي tea
98 دجاج chicken
99 سمك fish
100 لحم بقر beef

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد

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Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.


  1. ANMB:


    Actually, there are dictionaries of Arabic word frequency, as well as software:

    And Ustaadh Ahmed Khorshid’s Arabic reader series are designed on word frequency:

  2. monika:

    It would be nice to see how these words are used in a sentence. This way it would be easier to remember them

  3. siti:

    this is very good. syukran…

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  5. Amer Hossen:

    It is very useful

  6. Zulkarnaini Shuaibu Sambo:

    I love U

  7. Bob Barker:

    As the words in the list do not include how do we know how to pronounce them?

    Thank you