Examples Of Arabic Adjectives

Examples Of Arabic Adjectives

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As we continue our series of basic Arabic, let’s take a look at some adjectives. Learning Arabic adjectives is key as they are used in used in every day conversation.

We believe that a broad vocabulary will help you master the Arabic language. We‘ve already given examples of places in Arabic (link here), so when describing a place to a friend back home, wouldn’t it be useful if you could know a few adjectives, as well? First, however,  let’s look at the role adjectives play in the structure of Arabic grammar.

Arabic Adjectives are words that describe or modify a person or thing in a sentence. Their placement is quite different from English where the adjectives come before the noun, as in “beautiful girl”. In Arabic their placement is reversed: fataah jameela = girl beautiful. Now, just like in English, the adjectives will follow their nouns in multiple aspects, like gender and number. Also, one more particular thing to remember about nouns and adjectives in Arabic is that they can be both defined and undefined using the definite article prefix “al-“. If you’re talking about a random beautiful girl, you use the structure shown above. However, if you want to talk about a specific girl who is known to both parties of the discussion, and you want to say she is a beautiful girl, then you use the structure al-fataah al-jameela.

If you’re feeling courageous and want to use more than one adjective to describe something, just add wah (the equivalent of “and” in English) between them, but it’s not always necessary. Your Arab buddy will understand you, regardless. Now let’s look a bit at our list. Note that the first form is for masculine and the second is for feminine. 

Beautiful in Arabic / Jameel / جميل – Jameela /جميلة 

Good in Arabic / Jayeed /جيد   – Jayeda /جيدة 

Happy in Arabic / Sa’eed / سعيد – Sa’eda /سعيدة 

Sad in Arabic / Hazeen /حزين  – Hazeena /حزينة 

Tired in Arabic / Mot’ab / متعب – Mot’ba /متعبة 

Delicious in Arabic / Latheeth / لذيذ – Lathetha /لذيذة 

Bad in Arabic / Saye’/سيئ  – Saye’a /سيئة 

Nice in Arabic / Lateef /لطيف  – Lateefa /لطيفة 

Cold in Arabic /barid/ بارد – Bareda /باردة 

Hot in Arabic / Harr /حار – Harrah/باردة   or Sakhen / ساخن – Sakhena /  ساخنة(temperature)

Light in Arabic / Mode’/ مضيئ – Mode’a /  مضيئة(only colors) or Fateh /فاتح  (this has no female version)

Dark in Arabic / Mothlem / مظلم – Mothlema /مظلمة   or Ghameq /غامق  (if it’s used for colors)

Easy in Arabic / Sahl /سهل  – Sahla/ صحة

Once you’re done with Arabic adjectives, you might want to check the rest of our basic Arabic words. The bigger the vocabulary, the faster you will be able to speak in Arabic.

Gary Greer

Gary Greer was born and raised in the United States.  After an eight year stint in the U.S. Army in 1992, he attended Delaware State University to pursue his B.A. in English Communications to become a writer. Since then he has traveled the globe, living in the Europe and the Middle East, working for such prestigious organizations as the U.S. Army, NAPA Auto Parts, and AMIDEAST, and other well-known organizations, as well.  Gary came to Jordan in 2005, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the fields of Business and Education, and has since implemented and taught specialized English and Business training courses in the Business, Hospitality, Medical and Legal sectors throughout Jordan for TE Data, The Nuqul Group, The Ministry of Justice, The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, UNRWA, and the Mövenpick and Kempinski Hotels, among others. Along with teaching, he has also pursued his dream of becoming a writer and has written and done the voice-over narration of two travel documentaries about Jordan for Seven Stars television worked as an editor for Family Flavours magazine and acted in television advertisements for USAID. He now works as a content writer for Kaleela.com.

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