Past Tense

Arabic Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Arabic. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Arabic

Past Arabic Pronunciation Audio
I saw youأنا رأيتكana ra'aytuk
I wrote with a penأنا كتبت بالقلمana katabtu belkalam
You loved applesأنت كنت أحب التفاحana kuntu uhibu atufaah
You gave moneyأنت أعطيت المالanta a'tayta almaal
You played tennisأنت لعبت التنسanta la'ebta atenis
He read (past tense) a bookهو يقرأ كتابhuwa qara'a ketaab
He understood meهو فهمنيhuwa fahemani
She had a catهي كان لديها قطhiya kana ladayha qet
She knew my friendهي كانت تعرف صديقيhiya kanat ta'ref sadiqi
We wanted to learnنحن كنّا نريد أن نتعلمnahnu kunna nureed an nata'alam
We thought Spanish is easyكنا نظن أن الإسبانية سهلةkunna nazunu anna alispania sahla
You (plural) worked hereأنت كنت تعمل هناanta kunta ta'malu huna
You (plural) spoke Frenchأنت كنت تتكلم الفرنسيةanta kunta tatakallamu alfaransia
They drove a carهم كانوا يسوقون سيارةhum kanoo yasuqoon sayara
They smiledهم كانوا يتبسمونhum kanoo yatabassamoon


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List of Colors in Arabic

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Arabic

Colors Arabic Pronunciation Audio
Dark colorلون غامقlawn ghameq
Light colorلون فاتحlawn fateh


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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

English Arabic Pronunciation Audio
Black is his favorite colorالأسود هو لونه المفضلalaswad huwa lawnuhu almufazal
I have black hairشعري أسودsha'ri aswad
Red is not his favorite colorالأحمر ليس هو لونه المفضلalahmar laysa huwa lawnuhu almufazal
She drives a yellow carهي تقود سيارة صفراءhiya taqudu sayara safra'
The sky is blueالسماء زرقاءassama'u zarqa'
Your cat is whiteقطك أبيضqetuka abyad
I enjoyed myself very muchلقد استمتعت بوقتي كثيراlaqad estamta'tu bewaqti katheran
I agree with youاتفق معكatafequ ma'ak
Are you sure?هل أنت متأكد؟hal anta muta'aked?
Be careful!كن حذراkun hazeran!
Would you like to go for a walk?هل تود أن تتمشي قليلا؟hal tawadu an tatamasha

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Arabic about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Arabic Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Arabic homepage.

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