Bedouin friends at the Jordan Trail

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 youes-sa-LAA-moo aah-LAY-koom
Hello/peace be upon you (reply)wa aah-LAY-koom es-sa-LAM
HiMAR-HA-ba
My name is _____AH-na IS-mee _____
Thank youSHUK-ran
YesNA-am
Noleh
Where is __________?Wayn ___________?
GoodbyeMA-ah es-sa-LAA-meh
Good morningSabah El Jamir
What is your name?Shu ismak?
Nice to meet youTa sharafna
GoodJayyid
Come on, hurry upYalla yalla
Excuse meLow Sahmet
SorryAna asif
No thank youLa shukran lek (probably the expression I used the most as I was kindly refusing tea (Bedouin) or merchandise (at Little Petra and Petra)).
IAna
YouAnta
WaterMai (pronounced ‘moi’)
HikingNetmsha
BeautifulJamil
A little (or: slow)Shwei shwei
I love …Baheba …
RainMattar
SunsetEl Ghoroob
Danger/dangerousKhatar (pronounce ‘Ghatar’)
TomorrowBokra
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 youes-sa-LAA-moo aah-LAY-koom
Hello/peace be upon you (reply)wa aah-LAY-koom es-sa-LAM
WelcomeAH-lan wa SAH-lan
HiMAR-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 Godbi-KHAYR al-HAM-du-lil-LEH
Thank youSHUK-ran
YesNA-am
Noleh
Do you speak English?bi-TIH-kee in-GLEE-zee?
Where is __________?Wayn ___________?
GoodbyeMA-ah es-sa-LAA-meh
Good morningSabah El Jamir
What is your name?Shu ismak?
Nice to meet youTa sharafna
GoodJayyid
DeliciousLeziz jiddan
Excuse meIsmalih
SorryAna asif
No thank youLa shukran lek
IAna
YouAnta
WaterMai
ToiletDazeen
I don’t speak ArabicLa atakallam arabia
Go with grace/Good luckBismillah
BeautifulJamil
A littleShwei shwei
I love …Baheba …
RainMattar
Sunset?

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

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