The next installment in our Arab Word of the Month blog series highlights an Arabic word that has many different meanings depending on the context in which it used: حسن.
Transliterated as ‘hassan’, this Arabic word’s many meanings share a common theme: the idea of being good, or better than before – an improvement. Used as an adjective, ‘hassan’ can describes things that aesthetically look good or well; often it is a way of referring to someone as handsome or pretty. It is for this reason that ‘hassan’ is a popular male Arabic name.
As a verb, all of the variations of ‘hassan’ relate to the idea of improvement and bettering something or someone. ‘Hassan’ is defined as improving or making something better. A different variation, ‘tahasan’ (تحسن), refers to an object or individual improving itself; for example, the health of an individual improving after a sickness. ‘Hassan’ reflects the generous and caring nature of the Arab culture, as the word provides evidence of a culture that is dedicated to helping others to improve.
We hope you enjoy this month’s word, and continue learning more about the beauty of the Arabic
language and Arab culture!