jeudi 6 décembre 2012

Announcing page

I am glad to announce the launch of the Facebook Abjadiye page at

Please go to it, like it and share it. It will help us spread the word on Lebanese language and Lebanese culture.

Thank you !!

Learn Lebanese with Lesson 1/99, P3

Here is part 3 of the first lesson. It illustrates the conversational part.
As you can see, conversations are simple, accessible for the level you are at.
Each sentence is clickable, so that you can choose to listen to the entire conversation or to repeat the conversation starting at a given sentence.
It is designed so that you can listen to it as often as you want, in order to become familiar with the pronunciation and the sentence structure.

Remember, we learn a language through conversation not through grammar. Grammar rules in Abjadiye are provided in the form of notes at the bottom of each part. Conversation is the essential and central element. Grammar rules have been constructed in order to avoid grammatical jargon. They appear simple, but they are not simplistic. An entire grammar for the Lebanese language has been developed for this purpose.

lundi 3 décembre 2012

Learn Lebanese with Lesson 1/99, P2

This section shows you part 2 of Lesson 1, namely the exercises on part 1 we saw earlier.

There are two types of exercises, the "click on the correct word", and the "write the correct word".

vendredi 30 novembre 2012

How to Learn Lebanese Arabic

You might be interested in this short article I have written recently on how to learn Lebanese.

If you want to learn the Lebanese language, you might be wondering where to start. You probably are a descendant or a friend of one of the 15 million Lebanese spread around the world, or you wish to visit the Middle-East for tourism or for business.

The first thing to know is that Lebanese is a spoken language. It is quite different from Arabic which is a written language. This difference has led so many linguistics and historians to argue about whether Lebanese is a derivative of Arabic, or whether it is a language in its own right, derived from Syriac and Aramaic, and simply influenced by Arabic, Turkish and French.

Without entering this debate, we simply observe that for a foreign ear, ie. for someone who knows neither Arabic nor Lebanese, the two structures are sufficiently different that they can be considered as two distinct languages. Therefore, if you wish to learn a language in order to communicate with a Lebanese person or more generally a Middle-Eastern person, then you will need to learn Lebanese.
If you want to be able to read books, religious scripture, or official newspapers, then you will need to learn Arabic.

The advent of Internet and social networks has made Lebanese people use the spoken Lebanese language in writing to exchange over email, facebook, or by SMS and Twitter. In order to write their spoken language on these media, they use Latin letters. Lebanese spoken language can therefore be written using Arabic script, as well as using Latin alphabet. This is called Romanization.

Many scholars have attempted in the past to create a formal Latin alphabet for Lebanese. Such alphabets included specific accents on letters in order to convey the specific pronunciation of Lebanese. These systems have all remained academic attempts and never got generalized. The only system that works today is one that uses only English letters (with no accents). You can find this summarized on:

If you want to learn the spoken Lebanese, I recommend you find a website that uses the English alphabet to write Lebanese words; otherwise you will embark on a lengthy journey of learning first the Arabic script, then the complex Arabic grammar. You can find a list of such websites on:

If you want to know more about the Lebanese Arabic language, you can visit the following page:

About the author:

I am in the information technology business. My personal hobby is to understand the structure of the Lebanese spoken language, for which I have written a grammar and developed the site is for those who want to learn Lebanese online, no matter whether you call it Lebanese language, Lebanese dialect or Lebanese Arabic.

mercredi 28 novembre 2012

Learn Lebanese with Lesson 1/99, P1

This is an illustration of how you can learn Lebanese with the site
Some call it Lebanese Arabic, Lebanese language, Lebanese dialect. We will stick to Lebanese, in the same way we say English or French.

We will start here by illustrating lesson 1.

Each lesson has two main parts : Part 1 and Part 3. Part 1 is a vocabulary section, Part 3 is a conversation section. Each part has grammar notes attached.

Part 2 and Part 4 are exercises.

This is what you get for lesson 1 : Mar7aba, Kifak, Mni7

Part 1 :  in English

Part 1 : Here in French, to show you that you can have in two languages. But we will stick to English in the sequel.

samedi 17 novembre 2012

How to learn the Lebanese Language Online


First of all, you need to forget about the idea that you will have to learn Arabic script writing in order to start Learning Lebanese.

Lebanese people have developed a way of transliterating Lebanese pronuciation into Latin alphabet. Many have invented specific Latin characters. The following web page sums up the transliteration that is mostly used by Lebanese to write over the Internet, and that only uses English letters with no accents.

Use the following site which is the only comprehensive site that uses transliteration with only English accents (no specific keyboard is required).

With, you can learn Lebanese in a very user-friendly manner. All words and conversations are illustrated, and grammar rules are provided without too much grammatical jargon.

When using you can listen to conversations, and repeat any sentence you wish. You should repeat the conversations as often as you can in order to feel comfortable with the way it is said.

Do the short quizzes provides. It will ask you to click on the right word, and to write a missing word in a conversation. It is important you write the words to remember them.

Finally, complete the 99 lessons of This will allow you to start practicing with Lebanese friends so naturally. Do not forget to visit regularly the thousands of nouns, verbs and adjectives provided in the lexicon.

The whole thing will take you around 3 months at the rate of 15 minutes a day.