How to Ask Questions in Arabic? Beginners Lesson

Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Learning how to ask questions in ِArabic is an important step in understanding and learning the language. This is a simple lesson to introduce you to questions in Arabic, and to help you practice asking basic ones.


To make this easier, let's split question types to two broad categories:

Yes and No Questions & WH Questions (Who/ What/ When/ Where/ How???)


Let's start with Yes and No Questions:

The interrogative particle used for this purpose in Arabic is "Hal" هل or the equivalent of Did or Do in English. Hal can also be substituted by "A" أ (Alif with hamza) for the same purpose.

Asking a question with "Hal" or "A" is very simple, just add it to the beginning of the sentence (made up of subject + verb +object) as in the following example:


هَل + Sentence

هَل + قَرَأَ جاد الكِتاب؟

هَل قَرَأَ جاد الكِتاب؟

(Hal qara’a Jaad al-kitaab?)

Did + Jad read the book?


أ + Sentence

أ + قَرَأَ جاد الكِتاب؟

(A qara’a Jaad al-kitaab?)

Did + Jad read the book?


The answer to the question would either be Yes or No:

نَعَم

(Na’am)

Yes

نعم، قَرَأَ جاد الكِتاب.

Na'am, qaraa Jaad al-kitaab.

Yes, Jad read the book.