Cringeworthy Arabic chat up lines that won't get you a date this Valentine's Day (or ever!)

Published February 14th, 2017 - 10:51 GMT

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If you’re hoping to score with a special someone this Valentine’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. We are generously taking the time out from our Trump watch to reveal what WON'T WORK in your battle to woo those Arab, or foreign, beauties you have your heart set on picking up tonight or any other night in the calendar! The lush ladies of Al Bawaba have been hit on enough times over the years to know which pick-up lines will make women swoon and which will have them running for the door (or bab, or even albawaba)!

Arab shabab, we know that you’re a hot-blooded, smooth-talking species, but under no circumstances, dudes, is it acceptable (or cute) to refer to a woman as a 5asseh (lettuce), Hussti (my share) or, erm, a goat - yep, we really have heard that one before! We’ve teamed up with Cupid to share with you the top chat-up lines you're best off avoiding on whoever you've got your sights set on, man, woman, or goat. Hey, we're not judging, much.

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'Ir7ameena!'

Translation: Have mercy on us. 

When beauty is just too much for the mortal man.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9"Ir7ameena!" Translation: Have mercy on us. When beauty is just too much for the mortal man.

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'7ilo jismek, shu esmek?'

Translation: Nice body, what’s your name? 

While it might appear as straight to the put, your priorities are still very wrong.
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9"7ilo jismek, shu esmek?" Translation: Nice body, what’s your name? While it might appear as straight to the put, your priorities are still very wrong.

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'Yo2borni hal wax, eb3atli fax.'

Translation: Goddam, I love the way you’ve waxed, send me a fax. 

You do know those smooth legs won't be sending the fax; my BRAIN will!
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9"Yo2borni hal wax, eb3atli fax." Translation: Goddam, I love the way you’ve waxed, send me a fax. You do know those smooth legs won't be sending the fax; my BRAIN will!

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'Shu hal ta3jeh ya na3jeh?' Translation: What swagger, goat. If I'm a goat, you're a bull!
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9"Shu hal ta3jeh ya na3jeh?" Translation: What swagger, goat. If I'm a goat, you're a bull!

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'I hear gay love got the thumbs up in Lebanon. Wanna fly MEA with me?'
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9"I hear gay love got the thumbs up in Lebanon. Wanna fly MEA with me?"

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'Are your lips dead sea salty or killer sugary sweet? May I kiss you to check?!'
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9"Are your lips dead sea salty or killer sugary sweet? May I kiss you to check?!"

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'Is your father a terrorist, cause you da bomb!' A RESOUNDING NO to this one, you racist moron!
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9"Is your father a terrorist, cause you da bomb!" A RESOUNDING NO to this one, you racist moron!

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'Your beauty is harder to define than Israeli borders.' Is this actually a compliment, guys?
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9"Your beauty is harder to define than Israeli borders." Is this actually a compliment, guys?

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'You are like a Palestinian home to me. I will stand in front of you and protect you, and rebuild you when you fall.' Cute, but depressing.
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9"You are like a Palestinian home to me. I will stand in front of you and protect you, and rebuild you when you fall." Cute, but depressing.

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'Ir7ameena!'

Translation: Have mercy on us. 

When beauty is just too much for the mortal man.

Image 1 of 9"Ir7ameena!" Translation: Have mercy on us. When beauty is just too much for the mortal man.

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'7ilo jismek, shu esmek?'

Translation: Nice body, what’s your name? 

While it might appear as straight to the put, your priorities are still very wrong.

Image 2 of 9"7ilo jismek, shu esmek?" Translation: Nice body, what’s your name? While it might appear as straight to the put, your priorities are still very wrong.

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'Yo2borni hal wax, eb3atli fax.'

Translation: Goddam, I love the way you’ve waxed, send me a fax. 

You do know those smooth legs won't be sending the fax; my BRAIN will!

Image 3 of 9"Yo2borni hal wax, eb3atli fax." Translation: Goddam, I love the way you’ve waxed, send me a fax. You do know those smooth legs won't be sending the fax; my BRAIN will!

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'Shu hal ta3jeh ya na3jeh?' Translation: What swagger, goat. If I'm a goat, you're a bull!

Image 4 of 9"Shu hal ta3jeh ya na3jeh?" Translation: What swagger, goat. If I'm a goat, you're a bull!

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'I hear gay love got the thumbs up in Lebanon. Wanna fly MEA with me?'

Image 5 of 9"I hear gay love got the thumbs up in Lebanon. Wanna fly MEA with me?"

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'Are your lips dead sea salty or killer sugary sweet? May I kiss you to check?!'

Image 6 of 9"Are your lips dead sea salty or killer sugary sweet? May I kiss you to check?!"

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'Is your father a terrorist, cause you da bomb!' A RESOUNDING NO to this one, you racist moron!

Image 7 of 9"Is your father a terrorist, cause you da bomb!" A RESOUNDING NO to this one, you racist moron!

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'Your beauty is harder to define than Israeli borders.' Is this actually a compliment, guys?

Image 8 of 9"Your beauty is harder to define than Israeli borders." Is this actually a compliment, guys?

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'You are like a Palestinian home to me. I will stand in front of you and protect you, and rebuild you when you fall.' Cute, but depressing.

Image 9 of 9"You are like a Palestinian home to me. I will stand in front of you and protect you, and rebuild you when you fall." Cute, but depressing.

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