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.
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.
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)
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 Wolfram Siegel.
Lebanese Arabic phrases
Details of how to write Lebanese with the Latin alphabet
Arabic chat alphabet
Keefak - an app for using Lebanese Arabic on smart phones and tablets
- Learn Arabic online with ArabicPod101
- Arabic Genie - a quick and easy way to learn the Arabic alphabet
- Learn Arabic quickly and easily with Rocket Arabic
- TalkInArabic.com - learn colloquial Arabic