The following are a few basic Arabic phrases to use when speaking with newcomers from Syria who have limited English skills.
Ahlan wa sahlan
How are you Keef halak or Keefak (slang) (male)
Keef Halik or Keefik (slang) (female)
Keef Halkom or Keefkom (slang) (a group, family)
Sabah il khair
Masa il khair
You are welcome