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Arabic words for hiking in Jordan

When preparing for the Jordan Trail I stumbled upon a gap in my personal development: I had never been to the Middle East, never thoroughly studied local culture, let alone learned some Arabic words. I got in contact with Swedish photographer Leif Söderlund via Instagram (the good way), who was kind enough to share his list of words he uses on the trail and added them to the list I got from the Jordan Trail website. I will add some of my own as soon as I’m in Amman.

So here are some essential Arabic words for hiking in Jordan:

Hello/peace be upon you es-sa-LAA-moo aah-LAY-koom
Hello/peace be upon you (reply) wa aah-LAY-koom es-sa-LAM
Hi MAR-HA-ba
My name is _____ AH-na IS-mee _____
Thank you SHUK-ran
Yes NA-am
No leh
Where is __________? Wayn ___________?
Goodbye MA-ah es-sa-LAA-meh
Good morning Sabah El Jamir
What is your name? Shu ismak?
Nice to meet you Ta sharafna
Good Jayyid
Come on, hurry up Yalla yalla
Excuse me Low Sahmet
Sorry Ana asif
No thank you La shukran lek (probably the expression I used the most as I was kindly refusing tea (Bedouin) or merchandise (at Little Petra and Petra)).
I Ana
You Anta
Water Mai (pronounced ‘moi’)
Hiking Netmsha
Beautiful Jamil
A little (or: slow) Shwei shwei
I love … Baheba …
Rain Mattar
Sunset El Ghoroob
Danger/dangerous Khatar (pronounce ‘Ghatar’)
Tomorrow Bokra
Night (mainly used to tell where I was going to sleep) Lail
Today El-Youm

And the original list of words I had prepared for my Jordan Trail hike (many of them I actually hardly ever used):

Hello/peace be upon you es-sa-LAA-moo aah-LAY-koom
Hello/peace be upon you (reply) wa aah-LAY-koom es-sa-LAM
Welcome AH-lan wa SAH-lan
Hi MAR-HA-ba
My name is _____ AH-na IS-mee _____
How are you? (to a man) kayf HAL-ak?
How are you? (to a woman) kayf HAL-ik?
Fine, praise God bi-KHAYR al-HAM-du-lil-LEH
Thank you SHUK-ran
Yes NA-am
No leh
Do you speak English? bi-TIH-kee in-GLEE-zee?
Where is __________? Wayn ___________?
Goodbye MA-ah es-sa-LAA-meh
Good morning Sabah El Jamir
What is your name? Shu ismak?
Nice to meet you Ta sharafna
Good Jayyid
Delicious Leziz jiddan
Excuse me Ismalih
Sorry Ana asif
No thank you La shukran lek
I Ana
You Anta
Water Mai
Toilet Dazeen
I don’t speak Arabic La atakallam arabia
Go with grace/Good luck Bismillah
Beautiful Jamil
A little Shwei shwei
I love … Baheba …
Rain Mattar
Sunset ?

Please let me know if you have other Arabic words to add.

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