Lebanese Arabic (el libnénïet)

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.

Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic

Consonants

Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic consonants

Vowels

Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic vowels

Lebanese online alphabet

This is a way of writing Lebanese using the Latin alphabet that has emerged online, as the vast majority of Lebanese people find it difficult to write their language online using the Arabic alphabet. This Lebanese writing system is greatly influenced by Arabizi, the Arabic chat alphabet.

Lebanese online alphabet

Sample text in Lebanese (online alphabet)

Kill el bachar byekhla2o a7rar w metsewyin bil karame w el 7o2ou2. W hinne nwahabo 3a2el w damir, w lezim y3emlo ba3dun el ba3ed b’rou7 el okhouwe.
(El band el awal min el e3len el 3alame la 7o2ou2 el insen)

A recording of this text by Hadi El-Khoury

Translation

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.

Links

Arabic Translation
Arabic Translation
of names and phrases

Information about Lebanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_Arabic
http://phoenicia.org/leblanguage.html

Online Lebanese Arabic lesssons
http://lebanesearabicc.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.abjadiye.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iovf94e4uU

Lebanese Arabic phrases
http://wikitravel.org/en/Lebanese_Arabic_phrasebook
http://www.lebaneselanguage.org/grammar/phrases/common-lebanese-terms-and-phrases/
http://alpsbeirut.wordpress.com/category/spoken-lebanese-arabic/

Details of how to write Lebanese with the Latin alphabet
https://www.facebook.com/LebaneseWritingRules/photos_stream
http://www.abjadiye.com

Arabic chat alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_chat_alphabet

Keefak - an app for using Lebanese Arabic on smart phones and tablets
https://www.facebook.com/KeefakTheApp

Arabic Genie - a quick and easy way to learn the Arabic alphabet
http://www.arabicgenie.com

Varieties of Arabic

Modern Standard, Algerian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Syrian

Information about Lebanese Arabic | Phrases in Lebanese Arabic | Arabic links | Arabic learning materials | Books about the Arabic script | Arabic electronic dictionaries and translators


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