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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.

 

The most important book for learning Spoken Arabic: The Spoken Lebanese Verb Dictionary from ALPS Beirut

The Alf fi3il w fi3il, (1001 Verbs) Dictionary is for anyone learning Spoken Lebanese. We are pleased to announce the newest book to our Lebneini w 2aktar method.

If you are a beginner you will love that:
The book has over 200 of the most frequently used verbs all grouped together in one section making them easy to find, learn and begin using.

The conjugation charts include present tense, past tense and the imperative form and are given in both Arabic and phonetic scripts how so you can confidently see and learn the pronunciation before you have mastered reading and writing in the Arabic script.

If you are a more advanced student you will love that:
The book follows as closely as possible the 10 verb forms in MSA and teaches you the similarities and differences in Spoken Lebanese – making your transition from MSA to the Spoken Language faster and easier.

There are over 1,300 verbs that cover all topics and you can easily look up any verb by Arabic or by English.

Every verb in the dictionary is also accompanied by a key letter (A,B,C,D, or E). This indicates how common the word typically is in the spoken language. A are the most common words such as “eat”, “go” or “give.” B is second most common. E is shows more specialized words.

Stop by ALPS Beirut to get your copy today for a limited time price of $30 or online at http://bit.ly/1B8gTIW

Lebneini w 2aktar Spoken Levantine Arabic Verbs Dictionary 1

Lebneini w 2aktar Spoken Levantine Arabic Verbs Dictionary

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

tarak is a verb that means to leave, or to quit (a habit, a relationship). Here is how it is conjugated:

بيِِترُك، عم يِِترُك ، رح يِِترُك ، تارِك

 

بِترُك البيت السّاعة سبعة كلّ يوم
bitrok el-beyt es-sei3ah sab3ah kil yoom
I leave home at 7:00 every day.

 

بِسَبَب المشاكِل الِكتيرة تركو بعض
bisabab el-masheikil li-ktiireh, tarako ba3D
Due to the many problems, they broke up.

 

ها الشَخِص تَرَك أثَر كبير بِحياتي
Ha sh-shakhiS tarak atar kbiir bi-7ayeity
This person had a great impact on my life.

 

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

3alla2 is a verb that means to hang something on a hook, or in a closet or to comment. Here is how it is conjugated:

بِعَلِّق، عم يِِعَلِّق ، رح يِِعَلِّق ، مْعَلِّق

 

عَلَّقت قُمصان جوزي بالخزانة
3alla2it 2omSaan jawzy bil-khzeineh
I hung my husband’s shirts in the closet.

 

جيت ع المكتب مْأخَّرة بس ما حدا عَلَّق
jiit 3al-maktab m2akhkhrah bas ma 7ada 3alla2.I came to the office late but no one said anything.

 

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

7awwal is a verb that means to transfer (money), to pass by (stop by), or to change something. Here is how it is conjugated:

بِحَوِّل، عم يِحَوِّل، رح يِحَوِّل، مْحَوِّل

 

حَوَّل مصاري لاهلُه
7awwal maSaary la-ahlo
He transferred money to his parents.

 

حَولي لَعنّا لَفِنْجان قهوة
7awly la-3inna la-finjein ahweh
Stop by for a cup of coffee.

 

حَوّلِت بيتَها لَحضانة أطفال
7awwalit bayta la-7aDaanit aTfaal
She transformed her house into a day care.

 

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