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Lebanese Arabic phrasebook

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French is more spoken in Lebanon than English
The Lebanese dialect of [[Arabic phrasebook|Arabic]] is similar to that spoken in Syria, Jordan and Israelthe Palestinian Territories, somewhat different to that spoken in Egypt, and very different to other forms of Arabic. As with all dialects of Arabic, the dialect is a spoken language only; the written language always conforms to standard Arabic.
Arabic is significantly different from English: different forms are used when addressing males, females and groups; plurals and verb conjugations are highly irregular and difficult to figure out from their roots; and the pronunciation includes some very difficult sounds. Lebanese, luckily, is a much-simplified from standard Arabic, and should not be overly difficult for the traveler.
Learning some basic Lebanese Arabic dialect expressions could always come in handy; however, knowing either French or English or French should be enough for a tourist visiting [[Lebanon|Lebanon]], since many Lebanese people (especially the youth, particularly in [[Beirut|Beirut]]) are trilingual.
; How are you? : kifak (male), kifik (female)
; (I'm) fine. : Mni7 (Male) - Mni7a (Female)(Lebanese people also say l 7amdella, literally: "thank God")
; Well (health) : bikher, tamem
; Good : mni7(m) mni7a(f)
; Excellent : be jannin (it's excellent) or bjannin (I'm excellent)
; Please. : Eza bet reed (m), eza bet reedeh (f) (literally : if you please). Also, 3mol ma3roof (m), 3mele ma3roff (f). Proper : La-w sama7et (m), la-w sama7teh (f) (literally : only if you allow it) (Lebanese people use also the English term : please)
; Thank you. : shookran (Arabic) yeslamo (Arabic) merci (French) they also use the English expression but pronounce it "tank you, sank you, or tanx"
; You're welcome : tekram (male) tekramé (female)
; Welcome (welcoming someone). : ahla w sahla (it will be enough to say just "ahla")
; If God wills (or used as 'hopefully') : eza alla rad
; breakfast : terwi2a
; lunch : ghada
; tea : shay; brunch: 3asrouniyyé (not common)
; supper : 3asha
; I want _____. : baddé
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