Colloquial Arabic: Sample Comparisons of Dialects - Getting Acquainted

What languages do you speak?

Levantine Arabic Dialects

  • Jordanian Arabic
    English Translation:

    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)

  • Jordanian Arabic
    English Translation:

    I speak Arabic and French.

  • Lebanese Arabic
    English Translation:

    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)

  • Lebanese Arabic
    English Translation:

    I speak Arabic.
    I speak Arabic.

  • Lebanese Arabic
    English Translation:
    I speak a little Arabic.
    I speak a little Arabic.
  • Palestinian Arabic
    English Translation:

    Do you speak English? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak English.
    Do you speak English? (F.S) Response: Yes, I speak English.
    Do you speak English? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak English.

  • Palestinian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Palestinian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Syrian Arabic
    English Translation:

    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)

  • Syrian Arabic
    English Translation:

    I speak Arabic and French.

Egyptian Arabic Dialects

  • Egyptian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Egyptian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes we speak Arabic.

North African Arabic Dialects

  • Algerian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Algerian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Algerian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Libyan Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (M.P.)
    Do you speak English? (F.P.)
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    I speak Arabic, French, English and a little bit of Italian.
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Moroccan Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Tunisian Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you know how to speak English? (S.)
    Do you know how to speak English? (P.)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    I speak many languages. (M/F.S.)
    We speak many languages. (M.P.)
    We speak many languages. (F.P.)
  • Western Saharan and Mauritanian
    English Translation:
    I speak Arabic, English, Spanish and French.

Other Dialects

  • Bahraini Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Bahraini Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Iraqi Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.) Response: Yes, I speak Arabic.
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.) Response: Yes, we speak Arabic.
  • Iraqi Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.)
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.)
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak Arabic? (M.S.)
    Do you speak Arabic? (F.S.)
    Do you speak Arabic? (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Do you speak English? (M.S.)
    Do you speak English? (F.S.)
    Do you speak English? (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Yes, I speak Arabic. (M.S.)
    Yes, I speak Arabic. (F.S.)
    Yes, we speak Arabic. (P.)
  • Yemeni Arabic
    English Translation:
    Yes, I speak English. (M.S.)
    Yes, I speak English. (F.S.)
    Yes, we speak English. (P.)