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How to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” in Arabic

ALPS Beirut wishes you happy holidays and a wonderful 2015. Before the holidays come make sure you know these important holiday greetings in Lebanese Arabic:

ينعاد  عليك

Yin3aad 3leyk (3leyki-3aleykon) – This is a good go-to greeting for almost any holiday that anyone in Lebanon is celebrating. Reply with:


To tell someone Merry Christmas, you have a few options:

عيد ميلاد سعيد

3eid miileid sa3iid

ميلاد مجيد

Miileid majiid

وُلِد المسيح

Wulida l Masii7

Here are two ways to wish someone a happy new year:

كل سنة وانت بخير

Kil sineh w2inta (w2inti-w2into) bkheyr

كل سنة وانتَ سالم

Kil sineh w2inta seilim (w2inti seilmeh-w2into seilmiin)

And if you are in Lebanon make sure to check out the Christmas tree in Byblos, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.



ALPS Beirut will be closed from December 24 to January 1 and we hope to see you in class next year. Here are a few of the classes you can sign up for in January.

Also there will be no conversation class on the 23rd or the 30th. Free conversation classes will resume every Tuesday starting January 6th at 9:00 AM.


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