Learn Arabic - How to Introduce Yourself in Arabic

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Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole... surirtu biliqāʾika: Hi, I'm Carole. Nice to meet you.

In this series Al-ʿarabiyyah fi ṯalāṯi daqāʾiq, we’re going to learn basic Arabic


It’s super easy and it takes only three minutes!

In this lesson, you're going to learn how to introduce yourself in Arabic. There are

a few other ways to say it, depending on how formal you want to be.

Let’s first look at an informal way to introduce yourself in Arabic.

Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole. Surirtu biliqāʾika. Hi, I’m Carole. It’s a pleasure to meet you

[slowly] Marḥaban, ʾanā Carole... Surirtu biliqāʾika.

Now you try it: Start by saying Marḥaban which is the equivalent of Hi. Then, say ʾanā

(literally I am) followed by your name. ʾanā Carole is ‘I am Carole’. Finally, say

‘Nice to meet you’. If you are talking to a man, you say surirtu biliqā'ika. If

you are talking to a woman, say surirtu biliqā'iki. if you are talking to a woman. This phrase

means “I am happy to meet you.”surirtu is literally “Iam glad” or ‘nice to`and

biliqā'ika/biliqā'iki is “to meet you”.

In the English phrase “Glad to meet you,” “you” is a neutral word. You can use it

for both men and women. But in Arabic, the word “you” needs a gender. When you change

the last letter in liqāʾika, “a” to an “i” sound, liqāʾiki, you are actually

changing the word “you” from the male to female version. Please be careful to use

the correct version!

Now let’s see another way of introducing yourself. In this version you will say ‘ Hi,

my name is Carole’ instead of ‘Hi, I am Carole’. And we will learn another way of

saying ‘nice to meet you’.

Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika. Hi, my name is Carole. I am honored to meet


[slowly] Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika.

What has changed from the previous introduction?

Let’s take a close look at these together.

First, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole has changed to Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. So, instead

of saying Hi, I’m Carole, we are speaking in a more formal way by saying Hi, my name

is Carole. Next, after giving your name, instead of saying surirtu biliqā'ika you say Tašarraftu

bimaʿrifatika or I am honored to meet you, which is a bit more formal.

Again, we should not forget to change the ending of the word depending on the gender

of the person you’re speaking to. It would be Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika for a man and

Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatiki in case of a woman.

One more time: here are the four ways you learned to introduce yourself in Arabic.

Informally, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole..surirtu biliqā'ika. if you are speaking to a man.

And, marḥaban, ʾanā Carole...surirtu biliqā'iki if you are speaking to a woman.

The formal way to introduce yourself is:

Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatika if the person you’re talking to is a man.

and Marḥaban, ʾismī Carole. Tašarraftu bimaʿrifatiki if that person is a woman.

Now it’s time for Carole’s tips.

When you introduce yourself in the Middle East or Northern African countries, it's polite

to offer your right hand for a handshake or give three kisses on the cheeks, although

the rules vary depending on where you are.

Arab people place great value on politeness, so for example, it is considered rude to enter

a room or a place without greeting everyone. If you use the right sentence to introduce

yourself, they'll definitely be impressed!

Do you know how to say “thank you” in Arabic? You’ll learn how to say this and

many other words in the next lesson. Narākum fi al-marrati al-qādimah! See you next time!