How to Say "Good Morning" in Arabic

May 04, 2024

Arabic is an expressive language with a wide range of vocabulary to describe emotions and feelings in its various dialects. Greeting someone in their native language can enhance your first encounter, especially when meeting someone from the Arab world, There are various ways to greet someone verbally, each having its unique beauty. In this blog post, we will explore the Arab traditions in  how to say good morning in Arabic.

How to Say Good Morning in Arabic

Each country in the MENA region has its colloquial dialect. "good morning" in Arabic can be said in different ways, let’s get started!

  1. Sabah El Kheir - صباح الخير

    It is the most common way to say good morning. It is used in both formal and informal situations, and is understood in all the Arabic dialects. "sabah el nour" is usually used as a response to "sabah el kheir”. It translates into wishing someone a bright morning, a positive start to the day.

  2. Sabaho - صباحو

    It is an informal greeting that can be used among family and friends. It is a shortened version of "sabah el kheir”. The literal meaning of 'sabaho' is 'morning' and can be used the same way that an English speaker would use the colloquial 'morning' greeting.


  3. Yeseed Sabahak - يسعد صباحك

    It is a common greeting that can be used in both formal and informal settings. It translates to "Have a happy morning". The typical response to it is “wa sabahak”, which translates to “and your morning”, reflecting the same wishes to the greeter. Address men with "yeseed sabahak" and women with "yeseed sabahek" and "yeseed sabahkom" when greeting a group of two or more people. 

  4. Naharak Sa'eed - نهارك سعيد

    It is another way to say "good morning" in Arabic, and it translates to "Have a good day". It is commonly used in the Middle East, and it is a great way to wish someone a good day ahead. It can be used in formal and informal situations, and it is a polite way to start a conversation.

  5. Sah El Noum - صح النوم

    It is a casual and playful greeting that can be used in situations when someone is feeling tired or sleepy, or when they arrive late to a morning meeting or event. It is similar to the English phrase "Wakey Wakey!". It is recommended to use this term with people you know well, such as close friends or family. People usually say "sah el noum" to  their close ones, that means "I wish you had a healthy sleep" and respond to it with "sah badanak" which means "I wish your body to remain healthy".

  6. Sabah (el foll/el ward/el yasmeen) صباح (الفُل/الورد/الياسمين)

    Casual conversations and romantic chats have a special kind of morning greetings, such as: "sabah el foll", "sabah el ward" and "sabah el yasmeen". The colloquial greeting’s literal meaning is wishing someone's day to be sweet, beautiful and delightful just like the flowers and roses. 'el foll' and  'el yasmeen' refers to the Jasmine flower, while 'el ward' means the flowers.

  7. Sabah El Eshta - صباح القشطة

    It is commonly used in Egypt. 'eshta' is the creamy cheese or the whipping cream that is used in desserts. This common greeting references the sweetness of 'eshta', thereby wishing people a sweet day.

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