Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
I tend to add in a lot of Arabic words into my daily vocabulary although I speak only in English at work. It just comes automatically and not because I speak in Arabic to anyone at all. I find myself using these all the time…
- Sabah Al-Khair / Sabah Al-Noor
- Fadhee’a / Raw’aa
- Naam / La
- Habibti / Habeebi
This plus a bevy of odd words here and there like days of the week, numbers, months, different styles of greetings, simple words for food items like flour, water, milk, cheese, egg, etc., and things like that. Arabic is a very beautiful language, per se, and it sounds even better when spoken along with other languages ^_^
Although most of these words are used all across the Arab world, some of them are specific Qatari dialect. Just saying.
Yaani – I mean
Aiwa – Exclamation to say something to the effect of ‘EXACTLY!’
Marhaba’n – Welcome
Sabah Al-Khair / Sabah Al-Noor – Good morning / Good day
Fadhee’a / Raw’aa – Lovely / Amazing
Naam / La – Yes / No
L’ei? – Why?
Habibti / Habeebi – My dear (F) / My dear (M)
Khalaas – used to denote either Finished or Enough!
Gir-gir – Denotes the scratching sound to show the scratchy behavior shown by some people
Maafi – No as in No money, No petrol, No house
Jeeb – Give
Maa’arafsh – I don’t know
Ta’aal – Come
Shukran – Thank you