Learn Basic Arabic Words for Getting Help

Learn Basic Arabic Words for Getting Help

Many of you are probably familiar with American aerospace engineer Edward A Murphy’s Law (simply known as “Murphy’s Law”) that states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Mr. Murphy may seem like a pessimist, but perhaps it was his way of trying to follow the old Boy Scout motto to “Be prepared”. As Elvis Costello once famously sang, “Accidents will happen”, and whether staying at home or traveling abroad in one of the Arabic speaking countries, being prepared for anything that may go wrong is just sage advice. So, with that in mind, here are several phrases in Arabic that you can use in case you run into any emergency while living and working or traveling in the Arab world.



Help! Please, I need help! Help me, please!
أرجوك, أحتاج الى مساعدة! ساعدني أرجوك

Arjook ahtaaj ’ilaa musaa‘da! Saa‘idni arjook!


Help me! I was just robbed by a thief. I need the police!
ساعدني! لقد قام بسرقتي لص. أحتاج الى الشرطة
Saa‘idni! Laqad qaama bisariqati liss. Ahtaaj ’ilaa ashurta!


Help, please! I lost my money, passport, and personal items. Could you help me get to the nearest police station?
المساعدة أرجوك! أضعت مالي, جواز السفر, وأغراضي الشخصية. ممكن أن تساعدني لأصل الى أقرب مخفر للشرطة؟
Almusaa‘da arjook! Adha‘tu maali, jawaaz assafar, wa aghraadi ashakhsiya. Mumkin an tusaa‘idni li’asil ’ilaa aqrab makhfar lishurta?


Help, please. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
المساعدة أرجوك! سقطت وأحتاج الى مساعدتك لأنهض
Almusaa‘da arjook! Saqattu wa ahtaaju ’ilaa musaa‘datik li’anhad


Help me, please! I’m in pain and need to see a doctor right away
ساعدني أرجوك! أنا متألم وأحتاج الى طبيب حالاً
Saa‘idni arjook! Anaa muta’alim wa ahtaaj ’ilaa tabeeb haalan


Could you please take me to the nearest hospital?
من فضلك ممكن أن تأخذني الى أقرب مستشفى؟
Min fadhlika mumkin an t’akhuthani ’illa aqrab mustashfa?


I need to go to the nearest pharmacy to buy medication
أحتاج الى الوصول الى أقرب صيدلية لأشتري الدواء
Ahtaaj ’ilaa al wusool ’ilaa aqrab saydaliyah li’ashtari addawaa’


Could you please direct me back to the downtown city area?
ساعدني, لقد أضعت خريطتي. ممكن من فضلك أن ترشدني الى منطقة وسط المدينة؟
Mumkin laqad adha’t khareetati mumkin min fadhlika an turshidni ’ilaa mantiqah wasat almadeena?


Could you please help me find a good lawyer?
ممكن من فضلك أن تساعدني لأجد محامي جيد؟
Mumkin min fadhlika an tusaa‘idni li’ajid muhaami jayid?



Additionally, it is important to note that if you do face an emergency while traveling abroad, not all emergency service numbers are the same in every Arabic speaking country; however, you can be prepared by downloading a list of emergency numbers for every country here.

Of course, Kaleela hopes that all of your travels are safe and memorable, but practicing these phrases can help in nearly any situation you may run across while visiting the Middle East.

If you would like to be even more prepared to speak Arabic in any situation and learn more about the Arab culture, please visit us at kaleela.com for more information. While you’re there, why not download our Arabic language learning app, one of the best Arabic language learning apps out there today for helping you learn Arabic language skills for everyday life.

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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