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

Posted on: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 5 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 3 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

Writing Arabic Vertically

Posted on: Monday, June 3rd, 2013 8 comments

Arabic is a cursive script, which means that most letters are connected, similar to handwritten English. This makes it somewhat awkward to write Arabic vertically. It’s actually pretty rare to see vertical Arabic writing, except for the occasional billboard, shop sign or in crossword puzzles. Writing Arabic vertically, with disconnected … Continue reading

Compassion In Arabic

Posted on: Monday, January 4th, 2010 5 comments

Randa asked for the translation of “compassion” in Arabic. There are quite a number of Arabic words that have the meaning of “compassion”, for example: الرأفة (ar-ra’fa) الشفقة (ash-shafaqa) الحنان (al-Hanaan) However, the most standard way of translating compassion is probably الرحمة (ar-raHma). Below is this word in three different … Continue reading

Lion-Hearted Girl Tattoo

Posted on: Monday, October 19th, 2009 15 comments

Arabic tattoo design for “lion-hearted girl” as requested by Vicky: hello, you wouldnt happen to know what ‘lion hearted girl’ would look like in arabic? thank you! The best translation of this concept is probably بنت ذات قلب الأسد (pronounced bint dhaat qalb ul-asad). This translates literally as ” [a] … Continue reading

Guardian Angel – Arabic Tattoo

Posted on: Monday, October 19th, 2009 23 comments

Vanessa asks for the following Arabic tattoo design: CAN U TRANSLATE GUARDIAN ANGEL IN ARABIC FOR ME PLEASE?! Sure I can. My first intuition was to translate it as “ملك حارس” (malak Haaris). However, it seems that the alternative spelling “ملاك حارس” (malaak Haaris) is more common. This is partly … Continue reading

My Name In Arabic: Lily

Posted on: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 10 comments

Update: Check out my new article on Arabic name translations. Today I received a request for an Arabic tattoo via email from Lizzie: Hello there I was on your website and was wondering if you could possibly translate something for me. I’d like the name ‘Lily’ in Arabic as a … Continue reading

Arabic Tattoos – The Latest Celebrity Must-Have

Posted on: Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 322 comments

Arabic tattoos are definitively in fashion in the world of the rich and the famous. And I don’t mean temporary tattoos done with henna. This is perhaps surprising, because there are hardly any tattoos to be seen in the Arab World. In the West, however, tattoos have come a long … Continue reading