A collection of useful phrases in Lebanese Arabic, a variety of Arabic spoken mainly in Lebannon. The spelling system used here is one used by many speakers of Lebanese Arabic.
You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.
Key to abbreviations: m = said by men, f = said by women, >m = said to men, >f = said to women
|English||Lebneni (Arabic Lebanese)|
|Welcome||Ahla w sahla|
|How are you?
Fine thanks, and you?
|Kifak (m) Kifek (f)|
|Mni7 (m) Mni7a (f)|
|Long time no see||Elna zamen ma chefnek (m) / chefneki (f)|
|What's your name?
My name is ...
|Chou esmak (m)
Chou esmek (f)
|Where are you from?
I'm from ...
|Men wayn inta? (m)
Men wayn inti? (f)
|Ana men ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Tcharrafna|
|Good morning||Saba7 el khayr|
|Good evening||Masa el khayr|
|Good night||Tosba7 3a khayr|
|Goodbye||Ma3 el saleme|
|Good luck||Allah iwaffe2|
|Bon appetit||Sa7tayn / Bil hana|
|Bon voyage||Ra7le mwaff2a|
|I don't understand||Ma befham|
|I don't know||ma ba3rf|
|Please speak more slowly||Eza btrid, 7ki 3a mehlak|
|Please say that again||3ida men fadlak|
|Please write it down||Kteba eza btrid|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Arabic Lebanese?
Yes, a little
|Bte7ki Lebneni chi?|
|Eh, chway ...|
|How do you say ... in Arabic Lebanese?||Kif bi2oulo ... bil lebneni?|
|Excuse me||3an eznak, 3afwan|
|How much is this?||Adday se3ro?|
|Sorry||Esef (m) Esfe (f), 3afwan|
|Please||2izza btreed / min fadlak (>m)
2izza btreedi / min fadlik (>f)
|Where's the toilet?||Wayn el 7emmem?|
|Would you like to
dance with me?
|Bt7ebb ter2os ma3i? (m)
Bt7ebbi ter2osi ma3i? (f)
|I miss you||shta2tilak (>m) shta2tilik (>f)|
|I love you||B7ebbak (m) B7ebbek (f)|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!||Trekni wa7di|
|Call the police!||Tlob el bolis|
and Happy New Year
|3id miled majid w tkoun senet khayr|
|Happy Easter||El masi7 2am|
|Happy Birthday||3id miled sa3id|
is never enough
|Logha we7de ma btekfi|
is full of eels
What!? Why this phrase?
|El hovercraft taba3i metleni 7anklis|
Lebanese Arabic phrases provided by Antoine Rizk
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