root: ف-ي-د / adjective / definition: useful, beneficial
As much as most of us, as Arabic students, love to learn all sorts of complex and specific vocabulary, knowing the small, simple stuff that fills up sentences is really important too.
So, below, I’ve made a fairly compact list of small but useful Arabic phrases that you’ll find to be really common:
(abbreviation of إلى آخِره) etcetera/etc
وَما إلى ذلك
and so forth, etc
not yet (e.g. لَم أَنَم بعد “I haven’t slept yet”)
for the sake of, on account of
(when you add an adjective after بشكل, it forms an adverb–e.g. بشكل متزايد “increasingly”, بشكل عام “generally”, etc)
in a … way (works in the same way as بشكل to form adverbs)
by, at the hands of
and vice versa
through, by means of
via, by way of, by means of, through
بما في ذلك
therefore, consequently, accordingly
as to, with regards/respect to, in view of, in terms of
أخيراً ولَيسَ آخِراً
last but not least
عاجِلاً أو آجِلاً
sooner or later
equivalent/tantamount to, meaning
at all, without exception
according to, depending on
in accordance with, according to
any notable/significant… (e.g. أي تقدُّم يذكر “any significant progress”)
regardless of whether, no matter whether
to a certain degree (this construct–the indefinite followed by ما– can usually be translated as “some” or “a certain”. E.g. لسَبَب ما “for a certain reason, for some reason”, في مجتمع ما “in a given society”)
I think that’s some of the most common ones, but this definitely isn’t an exhaustive list. Which other ones would you add? Let us know in the comments!
See you on my next post, إلى اللقاء!
Edit: There’s now a part 2 and part 3 of these small but useful Arabic phrases, which include a link to the corresponding vocab set on Quizlet where you can revise all of these terms.
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