The Arabic language is widely spoken in the Middle East and North Africa. In most Arab countries, you can say "call" (جميل) to refer to a man and "call" for a woman. It is pronounced "lla-mil" or "lla-mila", but be aware that in some areas, people pronounce this word with a stronger "ll" - like "ya-mila".
Step 1. Say "call me" if you mean a man or "call her" if it is a woman
In the Arabic language, this translates directly to "beautiful." It is pronounced "lla-mil" or "lla-mil-a". In Arabic symbols it would be: جميل.
- Some Arabic speakers (eg Egyptians) tend to say the word by pronouncing a louder "ll", as in "ya-mil" or "ya-mila". Keep in mind that some people can make assumptions about you if you pronounce the word in a certain way. Listen very carefully before speaking and try to follow the example of those around you.
- Note that "llamil" and "llamila" are only approximate phonetic representations of the Arabic word (جميل). There is only one official way to spell these words in Arabic, but you may find other variations in the Spanish spelling that are quite acceptable: llamil, llamila, yamil, yamila, etc. The important thing is that you know how to say it.
Step 2. Don't say "call me" or "call her" to refer to things that are only beautiful on the outside
When the Arabs say "llamil" they don't just mean "handsome." The term refers to something deeper, to inner beauty, such as: "there is something beautiful within you." Respect the word and the culture by using the word "llamil" only to refer to something that really impresses you but because of its inner beauty.
Step 3. Say "Enti llamila" (feminine) or "Enti llamil" (masculine) to say “you're beautiful”
Pronounce it like this: "en-ti lla-mila" (feminine) or "enti lla-mil" (masculine).
- Be careful with your words. Tell a woman "call her" only if you already know her or if she is formally introduced to you. Do not use this expression with women you do not know or they will think that you have bad intentions with them.
- Tell a woman "ia to love" (يا قمر) to say "my moon" or "my beauty". Pronounce it like this: "ia to love." This is a powerful phrase, so only use it if you really mean it.
Step 4. Keep in mind that "llamil" is sometimes used to say "good"
Pronounce it "jaza llamil" or "da yamil" and use it to express whether you like something or think it is good or beautiful. Pronounce it like this: "ja-za lla-mil".