Lebanese Lesson 19 (Verb To Paint)

In this lesson you will learn two new letters of the Arabic alphabet: ” Raa’ ” and ” Zayn”

you will also learn the conjugation of the verb “To Paint”

And at the end of the video there’s a little “Dabkeh” dance by kids.


Hello guys, how are you? Today we’re going to learn two new letters and one conjugation verb and it is verb to paint and at the end of the video I’m gonna share with you a Lebanese dance performed by little kids because some days ago it was the Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers who are watching and because of the Mother’s Day the school where I teach, we made a ceremony for the parents and one class had to do the Lebanese dance, traditional dance and it is the Dabke. You’re gonna see it at the end of the video. For now let’s start with the letters.

I’m gonna grab the camera and today we’re going to learn the letter R ر and Z ز. The letter R, okay the letter R ر in the Lebanese, in the Arabic alphabet it’s very simple it is like this, it’s like the moon, very easy you do like this, banana, moon, anything. The letter is Z ز, it is very very easy. The R ر but with a point, see how easy, Z ز. And now I’m gonna make a letter from these two, only these two I’m gonna make two letters, R ر and Z ز and those make the delicious rice. So R ر and Z ز together make Riz رز and Riz means rice. I’m gonna put the sorry the Z ز first and then the R ر and I will have a button زر. So Rizz means rice. Zirr means button. It’s very simple. So again this is the R ر, this is the Z ز and we have the delicious rice. The Z ز followed by the R ر and we have the button.

Let’s learn more of this. When the R ر is in the first of the letter we have Rasmeh رسمة. This is the R and it means a painting. Rasmeh means painting. I’m gonna turn this page and when we have the R in the middle of the word we have like this, Amar قمر. My writing isn’t very good. This is the Amar, this is the R attached to the word and Amar means the moon. The moon. Now when we have, I’m sorry this is the R in the end, what was it? Okay, the R in the middle of the word is like this, Fared فرد. We attach in the middle, Fared and Fared means a gun. We have this and it means the horn, Pop-pop. You hear a lot of Zammour زمّور in Lebanon, Zammour. in the middle, a cute word, Kazdoura كزدورة. This is so Lebanese of course there is no Kazdoura in Fusha, Kazdoura. It means a little walk, let’s go for a Kazdoura, let’s go for a little trip, I don’t know, little trup, Kazdoura.

Do we have another thing? No, see this is the R in the end of the word and it is attached to the word and this is an R at the end who is not attached. So we have different kinds of R. So today we learned the Z and the R. Don’t forget our secret, R plus Z makes Rizz, rice. Z plus R make the button, Zirr. Now let’s conjugate verb to paint. Can you see me? Verb to paint in Arabic is Rasama. Fe3el means verb. So verb to paint in the present perfect, present tense, I paint Ana bersoum, you paint, Enta btersoum for male, ente btersmeh for a female. It’s very similar, I know it’s complicated but listen, enta btersoum, ente btersmeh, houwe byersoum, hiyeh btersoum, ne7na mnersoum, ento btersmo, henneh byersmo.

Let’s learn the past tense. For the past tense today we usually do the regular, past, the past simple. Today we’re going to learn the past simple but why not by now learn the past perfect? I don’t know, the past that I draw and I used to draw. This “I used to draw” we’re going to learn it today. Now with a simple past. I draw? I painted? maybe it is I painted, I painted, Ana Rasamet. You painted, Enta rasamet. You painted for a girl, ente rasamteh. He painted, Houwe Rasam. She painted, Hiyye rasamit. We painted, nehna Rasamna. You painted, ento Rasamto. They painted, Hinneh Rasamo.

Always when we want to use the past continuous perfect, I don’t know, I forgot school, Anna Kenet ersoum.I used to paint, Ana Kenet ersoum. You used to paint, enta Kenet tersoum for a man, ente kenteh teresmeh for a woman. He used to paint, Houwe Ken yersoum, she used to paint, hiyyeh kenit tersoum. we used to paint, ne7na kenna nersoum. you used to paint (group) ento kento tersmo. They used to paint, Hinneh Keno yersmo. So always put the verb ‘ken’ and the verb ‘ken’ means the verb ‘I am’ here. ‘I am’, ‘I was’, ‘Ana Kenet’. So always when you want to use the ‘I used’, put the verb ‘I am’ for the verb ‘I am’, ‘Ana Kenet’. So one last time, ‘Ana Kenet ersoum’, ‘enta Kenet tersoum’, ‘Houwe Ken yersoum’, ‘Hiyye Kenet tersoum’, ‘nehna kenna nersoum, ‘ento kento tersmo’, ‘Hinneh keno yersmo’. don’t mix the two past tenses.

Now the last tense and it is the future one. You know by now when we want to use the future it is very simple. It’s like the present, I mean there are exceptions but it’s like the present but we put ‘ra7.’  Ana ra7 ersoum, enta ra7 tersoum, ente ra7 tersmeh, houwe ra7 yersoum, hiyeh ra7 tersoum, ne7na ra7 nersoum, ento ra7 tersmo, henneh ra7 yersmo.

This is my lesson for today. I hope you will enjoy it, watch the video if you want the dance one and don’t forget to subscribe. Thank you, see you soon.

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