Greetings in Oman are so important because, relationships are built over these simple interactions. Westerners often times don’t understand this importance. That’s why I recommend you learn a few phrases in Arabic and use them often. However, you can do even better at opening doors and making friends if you use colloquial Omani Greetings.
My friends over at Noor Majan Arabic Institute helped me create this list of Omani greetings, 10 ways. You can listen to our conversation in episode 025 of the Sultanate podcast. In this episode we talk about learning Arabic in Oman and we practice the greetings listed below. So, press play if you are like me and learn better by ear. Check it out.
The list below is essentially a back and forth conversation between two people. Give it a try! Words like “Hello” (Hayak), and “What’s going on?” (Mu Akhbarak?) are really great places to start. Choose one phrase to use on the first day. Use it often, then more on to another phrase or work the following day. Before you know it you’ll be mistaken for an Omani ;)
If you are looking for a more broad list of Arabic words and phrases I’ve got you covered too.
Omani Greetings, 10 Ways
|Hello (name)||Hayak ya (name)||(name) حياك يا|
|Hello (name)||Allah yahayeek ya (name)||(name) الله يحيك يا|
|What's going on?||Mu Akhbarak?||مو أخبارك؟|
|All is fine, thanks be to God, what's going on with you?||Tayiba al hamdullah, wa akhbarak enta?||طيبة الحمدلله , و أخبارك أنت؟|
|Fine, thanks be to God, anything new?||Tayiba Al Hamdullah, shay alum?||طيبة الحمدلله, شيء علوم؟|
|Nothing new here. What about you, what's new?||Ma shay alum wa min sobak?||ما شي علم و من صوبك|
|Nothing new here as well, thanks be to God. How's the family?||Ma shay alum al hamdullah, kaif hal hayanak?||ما شي علم االحمدلله و كيف حال حيانك|
|Everyone is good, they are fine. How is your father?||Kolhum bkhier ma shakeen bas, wa kaif hal abuk?||كلهم بخير ما شاكين باس , و كيف حال أبوك|
|He is well, thanks be to God, how are your goats and camels?||Tayib Al hamdullah, wa kaif al hoosh wa al boosh maak?||طيب الحمدلله و كيف الهوش و البوش معك؟|
|I don't have any goats or camels!||Ma shay maai la hoosh wa la boosh||!ما شي معي لا هوش و لا بوش|
Did you give these Omani Greetings a try on the street? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below.