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Ramadan greetings and sayings in Lebanese Arabic

Ramadan Karim

It is the month of Ramadan when Muslims around the world fast from drinking and eating each day during the 9th month in the Islamic calendar from before the Fajr prayer at sunrise until the iftar meal after the Maghrib (sunset) prayer. Here are a few Arabic saying to use during the month:

What do we say during the first days of Ramadan?

RamaDaan kariim
رمضان كريم

And the response is:
RamaDaan akram
رمضان أكرم

You can also say this greeting to wish someone a good start to Ramadan:

Mbaarak 3layk/3laykei/3laykon shshahir
مبارك عليك/عليكِ/عليكُن الشّهر

The response is:
w 3layk/3laykei/3laykon
وعليك/وعليكِ/وعليكُن

 

What do we say to someone who is fasting or has just finished praying?

Taqabbala Allah
تقبَّل الله
Or: Allah yit2abbal
الله يتقبّل
(May God accept your fasting /prayers)

The response is:
minna w minkon nshallah
منّا ومنكُن نشالله
(May He accept for ours and yours as well)

 

The Eid is a time of feasting and celebration with friends and family and marks the end of Ramadan (which is 29 or 30 days) and the beginning of the next lunar month. This first day of Shawwal is called Eid al-Fitr and here’s how to wish someone a happy Eid:

Kil 3aam w into bkheir
كلّ عام وإنتو بخير
(Happy new year)

The response is:
Yin3aad 3layk/3laykei/3laykon biSa77ah wilbarakeh
ينعاد عليك/عليكِ/عليكُن بالصُّحَّة والبركة

 

RamaDaan Kariim from ALPS Beirut!

طُلِع is this week’s Lebanese Arabic Word of the Week

tole3 is a verb that means to go up, to depart, or to rise. Here is how it is conjugated:

بيُطلَع، عم يُطلَع، رح يُطلَع، طالِع

tole3, byotla3, 3am yotla3, ra7 yotla3, Taali3

 

كل ويك أند بُطلَع ع الضيعة مع أهلي
kil weekend botla3 3a Day3ah ma3 ahly
Every weekend I go up to the village with my parents.

 

منُطلع من بيتنا كلّ يوم الصّبح ع الساعة 7:30
mnotla3 men baytna kil yom eSobi7 3a ssei3a 7:30
We leave our house every day at 7:30 in the morning.

 

منلتقى اليوم ع الخمسة، اوكي، ماشي؟
mnilt2a lyowm 3al-khamseh, Ok, meishy?
Let’s meet today at 5:00. Is that ok? Does it work for you?

 

طلعت بالسيارة
tlo3et bis-siyyarah
I got in the car.

 

طلعت من السيارة
tlo3et min-ssiyyarah
I got out of the car.

 

الأسونسور معطّل، كرمال هيك طلُعنا عالدرج
l asenceur m3attal, kermeil heik tlo3na 3ad-daraj
The elevator is out of order, so we went up the stairs.

 

الشّمس بتُطلع الساعة 6 الصبح
sh-shames btotla3 sei3ah 6 S-Sobo7
The sun rises at 6 in the morning.

 

واوو!!! شو طالعة حلوة اليوم
waww shuu Tal3ah 7ilweh lyoom!!!!
Wow! You look so beautiful today!

 

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وقَّع is this week’s Lebanese Arabic Word of the Week

wa22a3 is a verb that means to let fall. Here is how it is conjugated:

بِوَقّع ، عم يوقّع، رح يوقّع، موَقّع

wa22a3 , biwa22e3, 3am ywa22e3, ra7 ywa22e3, mwa22i3

 

وقّعت الحليب ع الأرض
wa22a3it l7aliib 3al 2arid
I spilled the milk on the floor.

 

وقَّع حالُه ب ورطة
wa22a3 7alo bi wartah
He got himself in trouble.

 

وقَّع بيني وبينُه
wa22a3 bayny w bayno
Something came between us (so we are no longer friends).

 

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مِشي is this week’s Lebanese Arabic Word of the Week

mishy is a verb that means to walk or to work well. Here is how it is conjugated:

بيمشي، عم يمشي ، رح يمشي ، ماشي

mishy, byimshy, 3am yimshy, ra7 yimshy, meishy

 

بمشي كلّ يوم تقريباً ربع ساعة تَ أوصل ع شغلي
bimshy kil yowm ta2riiban ribi3 sei3ah ta uuSal 3a shighly
I walk about 15 minutes to get to my work every day.

 

شغلي الحمدالله ماشي منيح
shighly l7amdillah meishy mnii7
My Work is going well (praise God).

 

منلتقى اليوم ع الخمسة، اوكي، ماشي؟
mnilt2a lyowm 3al-khamseh, Ok, meishy?
Let’s meet today at 5:00. Is that ok? Does it work for you?

 

تليفوني ماشي، بس أنا حابّة إشتري تليفون جديد
telefony meishy, bas ana 7aabbeh ishtiry telifon jdiid
My phone is ok, but I’d like to buy a new one.

 

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قعد is this week’s Lebanese Arabic Word of the Week

2a3adis a verb that means to sit or to stay. Here is how it is conjugated:

بيقعُد، عم يقعُد ، رح يقعُد ، قاعِد

2a3ad, byi23od, 3am yi23od, ra7 yi23od, 2aa3id

 

رحنا بالعطلة ع شرم الشّيخ وقعدنا بشاليه كتير حلو ومش غالي
ri7na bil 3oTleh 3a sharm esh-sheykh w 2a3adna bi shaleih ktiir 7elo w mish ghaaly
We went to Sharm esh-sheykh during our vacation, and stayed in a beautiful chalet that wasn’t expensive.

 

صَرلي كلّ النّهار واقفة، رح إقعُد إرتاح شْوَيّ
Sarly kil en-nhaar waa2feh, ra7 i23od irtei7 shwayy
I’ve been standing all day long, I will rest for a while.

 

قعدت إدرس عربي كلّ السّهرة
2a3adit idros 3araby kil es-sahrah.
I sat the whole evening studying Arabic.

 

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Lesson 1: Important Phrases in Beirut / Rania & Rima Teach Lebanese Arabic [Pilot]

ALPS Beirut is pleased to announce our pilot YouTube episode –  Rania & Rima Teach Lebanese Arabic. We hope this will be a fun and easy way for former students to keep learning Arabic wherever they are and for those interested in studying Lebanese Arabic to get started.

 

This is just the pilot and we have so many ideas for new, helpful episodes, but first we need your opinion. Watch the pilot and if you want to see more, please take a moment to like or share it. 

 

 

The Script:

Navigation – getting around Beirut in Arabic

3mol ma3ruuf  //  Excuse me 

kiif fiiny ruu7 3a down town  //  How can I get to Downtown?

binzal hown law sama7it  //  I’ll get out (of the service/taxi) here please

w tfaDDal, howl alfeyn 1ira  //  and here you go, this is 2,000 lira

When you meet someone

mar7aba  //  Hello!

shu ismak?  //  What’s your name? (to a man)

shu ismik?  //  What’s your name? (to a woman)

inta min weyn?  //  Where are you from? (to a man)

inti min weyn?  //  Where are you from? (to a woman)

How to order at a restaurant

baddy oTlob Sandwish djeij  //  I would like to order a chicken sandwich 

w baddy anniinet may zghiireh w kbiireh  //  and I want a small bottle of water and a large one

w baddy le-7seib law sama7it  //  and I want the check please

How to say “Good bye” in Lebanese Arabic

yalla bye  //  I got to go. Bye.

fiiky t2uuly allah ma3ik  //  You would also say “God with you.”

allah ma3ik  //  Bye/God with you (to a woman)

Summer 2015 Arabic Classes in Beirut Lebanon $8 per hour

We are looking forward to having you in Beirut this summer! We have month-long intensive classes in Spoken Lebanese Arabic and you can enroll for just one month or stay with us the entire summer and take more than one level. Check out the schedule and classes below and let us know if you are interested by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.

These classes are 5 days a week, 3 hours a day and $8 per hour. We also have private tutoring and other more flexible classes available.

Beginners Spoken Lebanese Class (with alphabet)

This class begins with learning the alphabet in Modern Standard Arabic AND the Lebanese Dialect. This way you’ll see how the Lebanese pronunciation of the Arabic letters differs from Modern Standard Arabic and then you can take this knowledge with you wherever and however you use Arabic in the future.

As you study the alphabet, you’ll also learn important Lebanese Arabic phrases and vocabulary that are spoken everyday in Beirut. You’ll be able to introduce yourself, get around Beirut easier and have basic conversations by the end of the class.

DaysMonday to Friday (5 days a week)
Cost:
US $8/hour

Dates:
JUNE – June 1 to June 26th (4 weeks)

JULY – June 29 to July 31 (5 weeks)

AUGUST – August 3 to August 28 (4 weeks)

Beginners Spoken Lebanese Class (without alphabet)

This class begins with Spoken Levantine Vol 1 to teach you the essentials so that you can introduce yourself, get around Beirut easier and have basic conversations as soon as possible. In order to be in this class you must be comfortable using the written Arabic alphabet. This is a great option if you have studied MSA and are just getting started with Spoken Lebanese.

DaysMonday to Friday (5 days a week)
Cost:
US $8/hour

Dates:
JUNE – June 1 to June 26th (4 weeks)

JULY – June 29 to July 31 (5 weeks)

AUGUST – August 3 to August 28 (4 weeks)

Intermediate Spoken Lebanese Classes

These fast placed classes are for students who are communicating in Spoken Arabic in daily life and want to keep improving. This class is for you if you are comfortable with speaking in the past and present tense as you will build on that knowledge as you continue to improve your speaking and begin using the conditional and imperative.

Days: Monday to Friday (5 days a week)
Cost: US $8/hour

Dates:
JUNE – June 1 to June 26th (4 weeks)

JULY – June 29 to July 31 (5 weeks)

AUGUST – August 3 to August 28 (4 weeks)

These are just a few of the classes we are offering. To learn more about private tutoring, MSA options and other class times and paces, please contact us. ALPS Beirut is open 5 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Chers apprenants francophones, ALPS peut vous aider à apprendre le dialecte libanais et à améliorer votre langue arabe classique par la méthode de votre choix: vous pouvez adopter la nôtre, (anglais-arabe) si vous êtes à l’aise avec la langue anglaise, mais vous pouvez aussi nous demander de vous expliquer les règles en français, nous disposons d’enseignants également francophones. Nous sommes flexibles et pouvons nous adapter à vos besoins en termes d’horaires et de fréquence des cours.

Appelez Joëlle à Beyrouth au +961 1 75 50 25, ou sur son portable +961 70 948 109. Ou écrivez-nous à notre adresse électronique, nous répondons dans les 24h.

 

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