5. Lebanon, Lebanese Culture, & Spoken Lebanese Language
Instructor: Nada Salem Abisamra
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This is a brief "bonus" session composed of material that I compiled, organized, and sometimes adapted for your own convenience. It consists of two sections. The first section will provide you with some basic information about Lebanon and some aspects of the Lebanese culture that might be useful to you when in Lebanon. The second section will serve to equip the candidates who do not speak (Lebanese) Arabic at all with a few transliterated words, phrases, and sentences that they might need to express themselves in Lebanese Arabic when in Lebanon.
5.2. Spoken Lebanese Language (Transliteration)
Arabic (Lebanese) Chat Alphabet
The Arabic chat alphabet, Arabizi, Arabish or Araby, is an alphabet used to communicate in the Arabic language over the Internet or for sending messages via cellular phones when the actual Arabic alphabet is unavailable for technical reasons. It is a character encoding of Arabic to the Latin script and the Arabic numerals. Users of this alphabet have developed some special notations to transliterate some of the letters that do not exist in the basic Latin script.
Arabish emerged amid a growing trend among Arab youth, especially in Lebanon and Jordan, to incorporate English into Arabic as a form of slang.
In this alphabet, there are four numbers to memorize: 2, 3, 5, and 7. (Click on links to hear the sounds in the right hand columns, or click on the YouTube video below)
- 2 = e or a (just the sound, not the letters- "Hamzah" in Arabic) >> Glottal stop (la2 = No)
- 3 = >> voiced epiglottal fricative (3ain = eye or water source)
- 5 = kh >> (e5teh = my sister)
- 7 = hh >> (7ayeteh = my life)
Useful Links & References:
Lebanese Language:How to Learn the Lebanese (Arabic) Language?
"Visit the Lebanese Language Institute website at lebaneselanguage.org. This site is dedicated to teaching the modern Lebanese language. Click on the "LLL Script" tab at the top of the page, and begin learning the Lebanese-Latin letters, the English pronunciations, and the sample words. From there, you can click on tabs to progress easily to the various lessons. Sections are devoted to strategy, grammar, language, downloads and more."
Source:How to Learn Lebanese Online | eHow.com
"Two useful texts are available for English-speakers wishing to learn Lebanese: Hadia Harb's "Arabic You Need" and "Spoken Lebanese" by Maksoud N. Feghali. Both come with coordinated audio recordings, which are important in learning Lebanese, giving you the chance to hear native speakers interacting with each other and thus the best idea of the language's sounds. Feghali's book uses only Latin characters, which enhances the idea is that Lebanese is truly a spoken language."