December 29, 2015

Lebanese Arabic Books

In 2014 I had the idea of documenting everything that I taught in my videos. Thus the creation of the two volumes of the Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook. Two 100-page Lebanese Arabic books, that contain almost all the words and sentences mentioned in my videos since 2011.

Being almost pocket size, they could be carried with you whenever you travel to Lebanon. The chapters are divided in a way that makes it easy for you to search for the phrases you need when speaking to a local.

They are designed in a way that also makes it easy for the reader to open up the accompanying video, and listen to the pronunciations and explanations.

This is the cover for Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 1. It is red, with a white title. The subtitle reads: An effective way to learn Lebanese through practical sentences, puzzles and videos. The image on the cover shows Hiba Najem at a Shawarma place saying: Thank you, which translates into 'Shoukran'
Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 1
this is the image of the cover of Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 2. It is green, with a picture of Hiba Najem conversing with her friend who's asking her 'what's up' in Lebanese, which is 'shou fee ma fee?'. She replies 'rawaq'.
Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 2

The main features of my Lebanese Arabic Books

A very practical way to learn Lebanese

These are Lebanese Arabic phrasebooks, in a sense, that are designed to both:
1- Give you all you need to know to get by speaking Lebanese when travelling to Lebanon
2- Offer you a very practical and easy way of learning the dialect

Method found to be very efficient by students

I have been developing the methods and phrases which I used in this book since 2011. I used my experience teaching the Lebanese dialect through video lessons on Youtube, as well as private Skype lessons. Then, I tweaked these methods and helped them evolve through the feedback of my students. We focus on what they find useful and efficient.

Every phrase is linked to a video so you could perfect the pronunciation.

The most important aspect of learning a new language is to hear natives speak it. Moreover, this is very relevant to learning Lebanese, especially since it is “spoken Arabic”. That is why the advantage of this book is that EVERY word and sentence used, is linked to the video in which it I teach it. Therefore you can hear it, and try to master the pronunciation.

Translation and Transliteration

You will find translations of each phrase into Lebanese using two ways.

  1. In the Arabic alphabet for those who are Arabic literate
  2. Transliterated to the Latin alphabet for those who aren’t.

Exercises and Puzzles

Finally, to help you master the material, there are exercises and puzzles at the end of the book, such as crosswords and word search.

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