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Lebanese Arabic Phrasebook Vol. 1: An effective way to learn Lebanese through practical sentences, puzzles and videos [Kindle Edition]

Hiba Najem
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Book Description

A very practical way to learn Lebanese

This is a Lebanese Arabic phrasebook, in a sense that it is 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

The method and phrases used in this book have been developing since 2011 through my teachings of the Lebanese dialect through video lessons on youtube, as well as private lessons on skype.
They have been tweaked and are constantly evolving through the feedback of the students, focusing on what they find to be 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 it being spoken by natives. Especially since Lebanese is considered as "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 was taught, so you can hear it, and try to master the pronunciation.

Translation and Transliteration

Each English phrase is translated to Lebanese using the Arabic alphabet for those who are Arabic literate, and then in its turn transliterated to the Latin alphabet for those who aren't.

Exercises and Puzzles

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

Editorial Reviews


5 STARS: "...a course that is not only instructive but also fun!..." Grady Harp (Top 100 and Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer), on Amazon.

4 STARS: "...I've found it very, very handy. Being in Kindle format has it on my phone, my tablet, everywhere. Very helpful...." Doug Hibbard (Vine Voice), on Amazon.

About the Author

Hiba Najem, has been teaching Lebanese Arabic online since 2011, and has fixed her method according to her students' needs and feedback. The social aspect of online teaching has helped her in developing her teaching into a very effective style.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely book of instruction July 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Teacher and author Hiba Najem has been teaching Lebanese Arabic online since 2011 and she understands the apprehension non-Arabic speakers have in adapting to not only a new language but also a new `alphabet' - she minimizes the transition form English to Lebanese Arabic in a course that is not only instructive but also fun! Hiba teaches on the YouTube and this book is a supportive manual for further learning. As she states, `The purpose of this book is not only to organize all the material taught on the channel throughout the many lessons and to provide a written reference for the students who already have watched the videos, but also to offer new students a more structured access to the material where they could learn the dialect and use the videos as additional guides to deepen their understanding. The last section of this book will consist of language puzzles such as crosswords, word search and fill-in-the-blanks that will help you master the material.'

She opens her book with a very informative Transliteration guide - the Arabic letters and their transliteration according to the Lebanese dialect. She then structure her book into the following chapters: Basic Language - Numbers, Days, Colors, Pronouns, Prepositions; Traveling - Airport, Directions, Money, Accommodation, Shopping; Everyday Words and Sentences - introductions, general greetings; Family, friends and relationships - Family, Friends, Love, Emotions; Conjugation - To Have, To Go, To Eat, To Draw, To Want; Miscellaneous - Random Words and Sentences; and Word Puzzles - Printable Puzzles.

When coupled with videos made accessible through YouTube connection within the book, this is a relatively simple way to approach Lebanese Arabic, and with the world growing smaller every day, it is wise for each of use to master a bit of Arabic. This is a very fine introduction to speaking Arabic through the every wise use of Practical sentences, videos, puzzles and quizzes. Grady Harp, July 14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Looking for something that can help and encourage kids and adults to learn Arabic in a fun and easy way? This is the right resource! The author does an outstanding job making Arabic lessons very practical and interesting!!!! Very user-friendly format, uses multiple senses to address different learning styles (auditory as well as visual!!!!)
I can't wait to see more work from this author! Definitely recommend to all those interested in learning Arabic in a fun and engaging way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An iteresting and instructive work!! August 3, 2014
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This is an interesting and instructive work that opens the door to the Lebanese Arabic dialect. It takes up useful phrases that are used in the daily life. The work is well-structured and is divided into chapters such as traveling, airport, directions, money, accommodation, shopping, greetings, family, friends, relationships and much more. The phrases are linked to educational videos that are accessible on Youtube. I can highly recommend the work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent hiiba!!! August 18, 2014
By julio
Format:Kindle Edition
Very practical and useful, thanks hiba for help us to learn lebanese arabic, i hope the second one comming soon!! I been learning with hiba watching all her videos, and now with the book, thanks hiba!! Shukran habibti
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good instructions and reminders September 5, 2014
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Quite helpful for me. Although I must admit: I have not gone to Lebanon to test out my skills, I have found this book a handy tool.


I have dear friends of the family who are of Lebanese (and Syrian) heritage--most of them are the 2nd generation in America, and they remember that their grandparents spoke Lebanese Arabic (usually just called Lebanese, because we're talking family heritage here, not linguistics) around the home. They grew up hearing, and picking up bits and pieces.

But over the years, they've used it less and less, and that has left them missing something. So, when I asked them to help try out a few things from this book, they agreed. It's been fun.

Now, as a basic American, I can't get all the pronunciation right. Far from it. But a few visits with friends and their extended family have a neat new depth thanks to a little learning.

I can't speak to using this Phrasebook cold, trying to learn from nothing, but if you have either a little background of your own or a friend with some, I've found it very, very handy. Being in Kindle format has it on my phone, my tablet, everywhere. Very helpful.
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I am Hiba Najem, I have been teaching Lebanese Arabic online since 2011, and have fixed my method according to my students' needs and feedback. The social aspect of online teaching has helped me in developing my teaching into a very effective style.


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