“How are you?” in Tunisian Arabic

In Tunisian Arabic, “How are you?” is written using the Latin script as:

Chnahwelek? (Chna7welek?)

Using the Arabic script, it is written as:


(Editor’s note: In Tunisian Arabic, Chnahwelek? / شنحولك؟ is the most indigenous way to ask “How are you?” It has the direct translation in English of something to the effect of “What’s the news?” or “What is the state of affairs?” What is also highly popular, and understood by Tunisian Arabic speakers, is the phrase Ça va?, which is a derivative of French. To learn more about greetings in Tunisian Arabic, read the IBL article: How to greet someone in Tunisian Arabic)

Listen to this question pronounced (audio)


Examples in sentences or statements

Good morning. How are you?”

Sbe7 lkhir. Chnahwelek?

صباح الخير. شنحولك؟

“Good to see you again. How are you?”

Ferhan li ritek mara o5ra. Chnahwelek?

فرحان لي ريتك مرة أخرى. شنحولك؟

“Hey, how are you?”

Salem, chnahwelek?

سلام، شنحولك؟

“Good afternoon, how are you?”

Masa2 Sa3id, chnahwelek?

مساء سعيد، شنحولك؟

Good evening, how are you?”

Mesik bel 5ir, chnahwelek?

مسيك بالخير، شنحولك؟


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