What’s your name? Where are you from? Introducting yourself is the first step when meeting new people. For this reason, self-introduction is often one of the very first thing you’ll see when learning a new language.
I’ve compiled the most common expressions and useful vocabulary you’ll need to introduce yourself in Arabic.
My Name in Arabic
Be it in a business conversation or casually, a person’s name is really one of the first things we would like to know. In the Arabic culture, it’s quite common to address people with their first name. In fact, repeating a person’s name during a conversation is much more common compared to English.
For this reason, knowing how to say your name in Arabic is among the basic Arabic vocabulary.
What’s Your Name?
In the Arabic language, there’s often a difference between a masculine and a feminine form. When asking what’s your name in Arabic, you’ll adapt the grammatical gender according to the gender of the person you’re asking.
What’s your name in Arabic to a male is shu ismak? (شو اسمك؟). When talking to a female, you say shu ismek? (شو اسمك؟). As you can see, both the male and the feminine expressions are spelled the same way in the Arabic script. This is because short vowels are omitted in the Arabic script. However, you’ll hear the difference between ismak and ismek when speaking.
An alternative to ask what’s your name to a man is esh ismak? (ايش اسمك؟). In this expression, the question word is different, while the noun and rules on the gender prefix remain the same. The feminine version here is esh ismek? (ايش اسمك؟).
My Name is (…)
Now it’s time to learn how to say your name in Arabic. In fact, this is pretty easy!
There are a short and a long form of doing so. The long form would be ana ismi (انا اسمي), followed by your name. For example, ana ismi Kitty (my name is Kitty). This form is used for both men as well as females.
An even easier way to say your name in Arabic is by leaving out the ana. Thus, ismi (اسمي) followed by your name. The reason is that the -i (prefix) after ism is a possessive pronoun which indicated that you’re speaking about yourself.
Expressions at a Glance
Below is a summary of the expressions used in this article and their English equivalent. The Latin script can help you with the correct pronunciation of you can’t read Arabic.
|English Equivalent||Arabic (Latin Script)||Arabic (Arabic Script)|
|What’s your name? (to a man)||esh ismak?||ايش اسمك؟|
|What’s your name? (to a man)||shu ismak?||شو اسمك؟|
|What’s your name? (to a woman)||esh ismek?||ايش اسمك؟|
|What’s your name? (to a woman)||shu ismek?||شو اسمك؟|
|My name is (…) (long form)||ana ismi||انا اسم|
|My name is (…) (short form)||ismi||اسمي|
|How old are you? (to a man)||adesh omrak?||قديش عمرك؟|
|How old are you? (to a woman)||adesh omrek?||قديش عمرك؟|
|I’m 25 years old||ana khamseh wa ashreen||انا خمسة وعشرين|
|Where are you from? (to a man)||min ween inta?||من وين انت؟|
|Where are you from? (to a woman)||min ween inti?||من وين انت؟|
|I’m from Jordan||ana min al urdun||انا من الأردن|
|Where do you live? (to a man)||ween saken?||وين ساكن؟|
|Where do you live? (to a woman)||ween sakneh?||وين ساكنة؟|
|I live in Amman (man)||ana saken bi Amman||انا ساكن بعمان|
|I live in Amman (woman)||ana sakneh bi Amman||انا ساكنة بعمان|