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January 24, 2014

How to say goodbye in Spoken Arabic

There are many ways to say goodbye when you are about to leave a person or place in Lebanon. Knowing these phrases will help you sound more like a native speaker and communicate clearly and politely. baddak shi? // Do you want anything? This is an informal way to leave someone […]
November 29, 2012

Learn Spoken Lebanese

American: “Lao sa-maHt, ay-nuh el mah-tãm Ka-bab-ji?” Beiruti: “Speak English or French?” American: “Uh…English.” Beiruti: “OK, go straight and first left…you will see. Welcome to Lebanon.” American: “Shou-kran.” Beiruti: “You’re welcome.” begins Ben Kalt’s helpful article that gives details and practical advice for anyone starting out studying spoken Arabic.  What […]
August 5, 2012

Saying “No thank you” in Arabic

We have discussed the variety of ways to say thanks in Spoken Lebanese Arabic.  Now we will talk about saying no thanks.  The Lebanese people are warm, welcoming and generous.  If you want to decline an offer there is usually a polite response and that response depends on the context.  […]