We get a lot of requests from parents asking to translate common commands we daily say to children. Integrating Arabic into your life with your children is one of the best efficient Arabic learning approaches we encourage, so we created this page for you!
You can also use some of the commands for a fun kinesthetic Language Learning Activity associating verbs and movements, also named TPR (Total Physical Response): tell the commands, do them and kids imitate you! (ex: jump! sit down! stand up! turn around! etc…)
What’s on this page:
Common Arabic Commands (imperative verbs and command sentences) with all the needed vowels.
TUTORIAL: How To get your Arabic Commands with all the personal pronouns.
NOTE 1: If you search for a verb in a bilingual dictionary, you will probably find a lot of Arabic suggestions for only one English verb. And sometimes several Arabic verbs suggestions will be relevant for the same context, but sometimes not. So which one you should choose? If you are not a native speaker, you won’t know. That’s why we provide you a list of verbs that are relevant for the commands context when you talk to your child. (note that we will choose only one Arabic verb from the verbs having the same meaning in this context)
NOTE 2: As you probably know, in Arabic the endings of the imperative الأمر changes according to the person you are talking to. To keep this page clear, the commands will only be given at the person “you” singular masculine. Then, the tutorial below is here to help you find all the imperative forms according to who you are talking to.
NOTE 3: For commands using the prohibition form (ex: don’t jump), we don’t use the imperative. However, you will need ” لا “and the verb in the jussive case (المضارع المجزوم) – see the tutorial too.
TIPS: You might wonder You might wonder “That’s a lot for me to acquire!”. As usual, our answer is (and the non-native speaking mom of our team can confirm): go little by little, practice every day, patient and persevere, add sticky notes in your home, repeat and repeat (easy with children! ;)). Remember that using these commands with your children will help them too, they will be exposed to useful verbs and sentences and will be able to repeat them later!
1. List of common Arabic Commands (verbs and short sentences)
Click below to download the printable PDF:
2. Tutorial: How To get your Arabic Commands with all the personal pronouns:
Go to this Arabic Online Conjugator https://qutrub.arabeyes.org/ and then, follow these four easy steps (screenshot below):
1) Type or copy-paste the verb الفعل in the infinitive form (given in the PDF): in Arabic, we use the verb at the 3rd male singular person “he” at the past time.
2) Click on the button on the left, then you will get the conjugation chart of this verb
3) Look at the 1st column from the left, this is the imperative form “al-amr” الأمر. For the prohibition commands, you will need the column just beside the imperative column on the right, named المضارع المجزوم
4) And the personal pronouns الضمائر are displayed in the 1st column of the chart from the right.
Now you can find everything you need!
NOTE: In the conjugator, you can zoom and easily read the words (especially to see the vowels). On a desktop/laptop usually, you zoom with “ctrl +”
Look at the following screenshot with the green numbered steps (example with the verb “to clean” نَظّف) :