Present Tense

Arabic Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Arabic. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Arabic Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 4 columns (English, Arabic, Pronunciation and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Arabic

Present Arabic Pronunciation Audio
I see youأنا أراكana araak
I write with a penأنا أكتب بالقلمana aktub belqalam
You love applesأنت تحب التفاحanta tuheb atufah
You give moneyأنت تعطي المالanta tu'ty almaal
You play tennisأنت تلعب كرة المضربanta tal'ab kurat almezrab
He reads a bookهو يقرأ كتابhuwa yaqra ketaab
He understands meهو يفهمنيhuwa yafhamuny
She has a catهي لديها قطةhiya ladayha qetta
She knows my friendهي تعرف صديقيhiya ta'ref sadiqi
We want to learnنحن نريد أن نتعلمnahnu nureed an nata'alam
We think Spanish is easyنحن نعتقد أن الإسبانية سهلةnahnu na'taqed anna alespania sahla
You (plural) work hereأنتم تعملون هناantum ta'maloon huna
You (plural) speak Frenchأنتم تتكلمون الفرنسيةantum tatakalamoon alfaransia
They drive a carهم يسوقون سيارةhum yasuqoon sayara
They smileهم يتبسمونhum yatabassamoon


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Arabic

Ambulanceسيارة إسعافsayarat es'af
Heart attackنوبة قلبيةnawba qalbia
Help meساعدنيsa'edny
Stomach acheألم معدةalam ma'eda
Strokeسكتة دماغيةsakta demaghya


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Daily Conversation in Arabic

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Arabic Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Arabic

Are you okay?هل أنت بخير؟hal anta bekhayr?
Call a doctor!اتصل بالطبيبettasel betabeeb!
Call the ambulance!اتصل بسيارة إسعافettasel besayarat es'aaf!
Call the police!اتصل بالشرطةettasel beshurta
Calm down!إهدأehda'!
I feel sickأنا مريضana mareed
It hurts hereاحس بألم هناuherssu be alam huna
It's urgent!الأمرعاجلalamru 'ajel!
Where is the closest pharmacy?أين هي أقرب صيدلية؟ayna hiya aqrab saydalya?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)أنت جميلةanti jameela!
You have a beautiful nameلديك اسم جميلladayka esm jameel
This is my wifeهذه زوجتيhazeh zawjati
This is my husbandهذا زوجيhaza zawji

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Arabic about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Arabic Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Arabic homepage.

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