Learn Arabic (Lebanese)

Lebanese Arabic is a dialect of Levantine Arabic and is spoken mostly in Lebanon. It is predominantly a spoken language and Modern Standard Arabic is usually used in formal writing. Most Lebanese speakers are also fluent in either French or English which means that words from these languages get mixed into Lebanese. Besides French and English, Lebanese also borrows from Aramaic and Turkish. There is some ongoing debate about whether Lebanese is a dialect of Arabic at all, or a separate language which descends from Aramaic and borrows heavily from Arabic vocabulary. 

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Where Is It Spoken?

Lebanon

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Semitic

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Fun facts about Arabic (Lebanese)

One of the most common ways to say thank you is 'merci', borrowed from French.

The 'a' at the end of words tends to be pronounced like a soft 'e'. So 'rain' شتاء is pronounced shete instead of the formal Arabic shita’.

The guttural 'q' sound is replaced by a glottal stop, so 'coffee' (قهوة) or qahwa in Classical Arabic becomes ’ahwe in Lebanese.

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