“Turn Your Wounds Into Wisdom” in Arabic – 3 Tattoo Designs

Posted on: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 1 comments

“Turn your wounds into wisdom” is a quote that seems to be attributed to US talk show host Oprah Winfrey (e.g. by BrainyQuote). While I haven’t been able to find the context in which Winfrey uttered these words, I would assume that one should learn from one’s personal setbacks in … Continue reading

No Regrets, I don’t regret anything: Arabic translations

Posted on: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 0 comments

Today Selina requested in the comments that I translate “I don’t regret anything” into Arabic for a tattoo. Relatedly, there is also a design for “no regrets” in Arabic here. There are two translations that I would consider for this. No Regrets First, one could simply say: لا ندم (la … Continue reading

Love in Arabic: which translation is correct?

Posted on: Saturday, August 18th, 2012 8 comments

Love is an important concept for Arabs, so it should come as no surprise that there are many different ways to express love in Arabic, all with slightly different meanings. The strong culture of poetry and songs revolving around love developed because in the Arab world marriages were generally arranged, … Continue reading

Arabic Dictionaries

Posted on: Sunday, July 25th, 2010 0 comments

Updated: 14 July 2013 Arabic dictionaries are crucial for learners of the Arabic language. Using the right dictionary can save you hours of frustration searching for that elusive Arabic word. I’ll show you some of the best Arabic dictionaries I’ve used – both hardcopies and online. Physical Arabic Dictionaries Al-Mawrid … Continue reading

The Truth Will Set You Free

Posted on: Friday, July 2nd, 2010 1 comments

Here is the Arabic translation of the famous quote from the Bible “The truth shall/will set you free” (John 8:32): الحق يحرركم Pronunciation: al-Haqqu yuHarrirukum In picture format: With all the tashkeel and harakaat: Of course, if you are looking to get this phrase as a tattoo, then you should … Continue reading

Miracle

Posted on: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 4 comments

Kitty sent me the following e-mail to ask for a tattoo design in Arabic for “miracle”: Hi! My name is Kitty! I saw on internet that you translate from english to arabic! I would like to make a tattoo with the word “miracle”! I have been searching for it for … Continue reading

Arabic Tattoo – Fighter

Posted on: Sunday, January 10th, 2010 4 comments

I’ve received a few requests for the Arabic translation of the word “fighter”. As always, there are many possible translations and I just want to give a brief overview of some of them. The word مقاتل (muqaatil) derives from the root قتل (q-t-l), but does not necessarily imply “fight to … Continue reading

Merry Christmas in Arabic

Posted on: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 0 comments

As we are fast approaching Christmas and its associated festivities, it might be both interesting and useful to take a look at a few Arabic words and phrases surrounding the celebrations. So read on to discover how to say Merry Christmas in Arabic! What Christians are celebrating on Christmas is … Continue reading

“Believe” In Arabic

Posted on: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 12 comments

Maggie sent me the following question in a blog comment: keefakkk my name is maggie (ghaleb) just want to make sure of something… getting my 3th arabic tattoo! (proud to be libanease!) its the word believe (faith) in the way, i believe i will get trough this, or i believe … Continue reading

Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted

Posted on: Monday, September 28th, 2009 11 comments

Another translation request. This time it’s for an interesting aphorism. I was wondering if you might be willing to translate the phrase “Nothing is true; everything is permissible.” The saying has always fascinated me as it seems contradictory and at one turn seems to promote lawlessness but to my mind goes … Continue reading

We Dreamed Of You Yesterday

Posted on: Monday, September 28th, 2009 0 comments

Today a reader sent me this request for a quick translation: I came across your website Arabic Genie and I am wondering if you can help me. Could you please tell me what “7almana feek ams!” means in english?? I assume that this is a transcription of the Arabic حَلَمْنا … Continue reading