Lebanese Arabic or Lebanese is a dialect of Levantine Arabic, though some people consider it a language in its own right. It is spoken mainly in Lebanon by about 4 million people, and includes some vocabulary comes from Aramaic, Greek, French, and Turkish.
Lebanese is rarely written, except in some novels and poetry. When it is written, the Arabic alphabet is usually used, though in informal situations, such as online chat, the Latin alphabet is sometimes used.
Here is a method of writing Lebanese Arabic using the Latin alphabet devised by Elias Chakkour, a Lebanese living in Canada.
Kill el ba¡ar byechlaqò aħrár w mütasévyín
bil carámet w'el ħoqúq. W hinné nwahabò xaqel w
đamír, w xleyun y'xémlò baxdon el baxed b'rúħ
(el baned el aẅal min'el exlén el xálamé la ħoqúq el insén)
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about Lebanese Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfgang Siegel
Lebanese Arabic phrases
Keefak - an app for using Lebanese Arabic on smart phones and tablets
Arabic Genie - a quick and easy way to learn the Arabic alphabet
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