Essential Arabic Vocabulary – Shopping

Although many international and local shopping malls, hypermarkets and supermarkets do exist in most of the Arab countries, the most interesting and effective location to shop remains the local markets known as “suq”. In local markets you can find everything from spices and perfumes to carpets and pottery, usually at much lower prices. It goes without saying that, as a tourist, you will always need to bargain, but trying to find out different price ranges before hitting the shops is essential so as to form an idea about what to pay. Most shops in the Arab world, except Lebanon, open only after 2:00 PM on Friday, which is a holiday in almost all Arab countries.

Phrase in Arabic Phrase in English Pronunciation

أين أقرب…؟

Where is the nearest…? ʾAyna ʾaqrab…?

لحّام

Butcher Laḥḥām

مخبز

Bakery Maḫbaz

صيدليّة

Chemist / Pharmacist Ṣaydaleyah

مركز تجاري

Shopping Center Markaz tiǧāri

سوق

Market Sūq

مكتبة

Bookshop Maktabah

هل تساعدني من فضلك؟

Could you help me, please? Hal tusāʿidni min faḍlik…?

…أبحث عن

I am looking for… ʾAbḥaṯu ʿan

تي شيرت

T-shirt Ti-šert

بلوزة

Blouse Bulūzah

بنطلون

Trousers/pants Banṭalūn

ربطة عنق/كرافاتة

Tie Rabṭatu ʿunuq/krāfata

حزام

Belt Ḥizām

جاكيت

Jacket Ǧaket

معطف

Coat Miʿṭaf

مايوه نسائي

Swimsuit Māyūh nisā’i

منشفة

Towel Minšafah

شبشب حمّام

Flip-flops Šibšib ḥammām

حذاء

Shoes Ḥiḏāʾ

بوت

Boots Būt

تنّورة/جيبة

Skirt Tannūrah/ǧībah

فرشاة أسنان

Toothbrush Furšātu ʾasnān

بدلة

Suit Badlah

إيشارب

Scarf ʾIšārp

جينز

Jeans Ǧīnz

قبّعة

Hat Qubaʿah

.إنّي أتفرّج فقط

I’m just looking ʾInni ʾatafarraǧu faqaṭ

…مقاسي

I take size… Maqāsi…

غرفة تبديل الملابس

Changing room Ġurfatu tabdīl ʾal-malābis

هل تأخذ…؟

Do you take…? Hal taʾḫuḏu?

شيك

Check Šīk

نقداً

Cash Naqdan

بطاقة ائتمان

Credit card Biṭāqatu ʾitimān