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Useful phrases in Arabic Lebanese

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.

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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
Hello (General greeting) Mar7aba
How are you? Kifak (>m)
Kifek (>f)
Reply to 'How are you?' Mni7 (m)
Mni7a (f)
Long time no see Elna zamen ma chefnek (>m)
Elna zamen ma chefneki (>f)
What's your name? Chou esmak (m)
Chou esmek (f)
My name is ... Esmi ...
Where are you from? Men wayn inta? (m)
Men wayn inti? (f)
I'm from ... Ana men ...
Pleased to meet you Tcharrafna
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Saba7 el khayr
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Masa el khayr
Good night Tosba7 3a khayr
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ma3 el saleme
Good luck! Allah iwaffe2
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Sa7tayn
Bil hana
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Ra7le mwaff2a
I understand Befham
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 Lebanese Arabic? Bte7ki Lebneni chi?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Eh, chway ...
How do you say ... in Lebanese Arabic? Kif bi2oulo ... bil lebneni?
Excuse me 3an eznak
3afwan
How much is this? Adday se3ro?
Sorry Esef (m)
Esfe (f)
3afwan
Please 2izza btreed (>m)
min fadlak (>m)
2izza btreedi (>f)
min fadlik (>f)
Thank you Chokran
Reply to thank you Tekram
Where's the toilet / bathroom? 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  
Go away! 2a7et!
Leave me alone! Trekni wa7di
Help! Moose3ade!
Fire! 7ari2!
Stop! 5alas!
Call the police! Tlob el bolis
Christmas greetings ﻋﻴﺪ ﻣﻴﻼﺩ ﻣﺠﻴﺪ ﻭﺗﻜﻮﻥ ﺳﻨﺔ ﺧﻴﺮ
3id miled majid w tkoun senet khayr
New Year greetings (sana sa'īd) سن سعيد
Easter greetings El masi7 2am
Birthday greetings 3id miled sa3id
One language is never enough Logha we7de ma btekfi
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
El hovercraft taba3i metleni 7anklis

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