If you’ve traveled to an Arabic-speaking country, you’ve heard the word for sure Khalas at least a couple of times. Same goes for akeed. Most learners rush to study the most formal aspects of the language – paying little to no attention to Arabic slang. While it is incredibly important to familiarize yourself with formal Arabic words, slang words are crucial when it comes to that Really become talkative. This is true of all languages, but is especially important for the Arabic language as it includes nearly 30 different dialects in different nations (and even in different regions in certain countries).
As you saw in the video above, our Speaking of Arabic series will help you navigate through the various aspects of the Arabic language to strengthen your skills and expand your knowledge. This short video offers a glimpse into two of the most common Arabic slang words. Let’s dive right in!
1. Khalas = stop / enough / done
Tired of hearing people argue about sports or politics around the dinner table? The meaning of “Khalas!” is the English equivalent of “enough!” or “stop!”. While the definition of Khalas Translated to “done” or “done”, it has a variety of different uses. It’s ideal when you’ve had enough of something.
One of my favorite ways to practice my listening skills is by watching TV shows and learning about new slang words. When watching the Egyptian version of Grand Hotel,I heard a new mother use the word Khalas when she urges her crying baby to calm down.
2. Akeed = safe / natural / safe
Akeed in Arabic is often used to emphasize an affirmative answer. It means “natural” or “safe!” You can use it in place of “yes” or “yes” “Na’am” when asked if you like going to the cinema.
The first time I heard the word akeed was in Morocco during my unforgettable summer. I lived with a family who, as is customary in the culture, welcomed me as one of their own. They were so kind and hospitable – they immediately greeted me with hugs, kisses, and zeal “Ahlan w sahlan!” (Welcome!) The moment I walked through the door. Fearing to see Casablanca’s beautiful Hassan II Mosque, I asked the younger sister if she would be willing to come with me. “Akeed, Habibty “(of course my love), she said with the brightest smile on her face.
3. ‘Azeem! = great / fantastic / great
You can use this word when you want to say “great”. Did your friend accept your invitation to dinner tonight? ‘Aazem!
4th Tab’an! = of course
This word can be exchanged with akeed. It also serves the same purpose as “safe” and “natural”.
5. Walaw = it’s okay / don’t worry / don’t mention it
Want to say that it’s okay for someone to apologize for accidentally bumping into you? Walaw is the best choice. It’s a casual way of saying “it’s okay” or “no problem”.
6th Keefak / ik? = how are you
You may be used to asking people “keef halak / ik” when they ask how they are. Next time, just try saying “Keefak / ik” as a casual way of asking, “How are you?”
7th Tamaam = okay / okay
You can use this to say “good” or “okay”. You can also ask a friend “Kollo tamaam? “to ask” are you okay? ”
8th. Aah = yes
You can very well use “na’am“To say ‘yes’ but if you want to sound more like a local, give it a try”aah“As a more casual” yes “instead!
When I first started learning Arabic, I focused solely on formal phrases and everyday vocabulary – I thought it would help me get along on my trips to Arabic-speaking countries. While it evidently enabled me to communicate my own thoughts and needs, I was lost to hearing others chat in casual conversation. I quickly realized that, much like in English, most people used tons of slang words in their everyday lives. Whether you’re studying Arabic for work or getting a better understanding of the locals during your upcoming trip to Amman, it’s time to incorporate slang knowledge into your study sessions. Learning an Arabic slang not only helps you feel more comfortable in everyday situations, but it is also crucial to really understanding the culture and traditions of your target language. Have fun with your studying!