Lebanese Arabic (el libnénïet / اللبنانية)

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.

Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic


Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic consonants


Pronunciation of Lebanese Arabic vowels

Lebanese Arabic online alphabet

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.

Lebanese online alphabet

Sample text in Lebanese Arabic (online 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)

A recording of this text by Hadi El-Khoury


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)

Sample videos in Lebanese Arabic

Information about Lebanese Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel.

Information about Lebanese Arabic | Phrases | Links | Lebanese Arabic courses on: Amazon.com and Amazon


Information about Lebanese

Online Lebanese Arabic lesssons

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

- TalkInArabic.com - learn colloquial Arabic of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, the Levant, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, or Tunisia
Learn Arabic Online

Learn Arabic Online with Rocket Languages

- eArabic Learning - Learn Arabic Online with Live Teachers

- Learn Arabic with Glossika
- Learn Arabic now at Rocket Languages!
- Arabic Genie - a quick and easy way to learn the Arabic alphabet

Find Arabic Tutors with LanguaTalk

Arabic courses and other resources available on Amazon

Varieties of Arabic

Algerian, Bedawi, Chadian, Cypriot, Egyptian, Gulf, Hassaniya, Hejazi, Lebanese, Libyan, Modern Standard, Moroccan, Najdi, Syrian, Tunisian

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Bedawi), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Gulf), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Hejazi), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Najdi), Arabic (Syrian), Aramaic, Argobba, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Canaanite, Chaha, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Ge'ez, Hadhramautic, Harari, Hebrew, Himyaritic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Maltese, Mandaic, Nabataean, Neo-Mandaic, Phoenician, Punic, Qatabanic, Sabaean, Sabaic, Silt'e, Syriac, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turoyo, Ugaritic, Western Neo-Aramaic

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