Levantine Arabic vocabulary

Levantine Arabic: learn new vocabulary with memes

Levantine Arabic is not a written language, so you may sometimes feel lost when learning it. In MSA you can read all sorts of materials, even adapted to your level, but what about the dialect? You’ll need to be more creative if you want to learn a dialect.

Levantine Arabic vocabulary

Levantine Arabic is a spoken language, so casual internet communication (comments, social media, etc.) will most often occur in it, rather than MSA. Therefore, we believe that dialects are best learned through the use of authentic materials. Also, this is a much more enjoyable way to learn, as we can adjust it to our preferences and interests.

Learning Levantine Arabic with memes

Our post today will feature authentic memes from Pinterest, from which you can learn new vocabulary, practice reading, and practice forming sentences.  In addition to the English translation, each meme includes an Arabic words list. It is more suitable for beginner/intermediate learners since we chose memes with relatively simple sentences.   

Don’t worry if you’re an advanced student – more material to learn Levantine Arabic dialect is on the way!

Find other materials for learning the Levantine Arabic here: category- Levantine dialect.

Memes in Levantine Arabic

*Some of the memes could as well be in other dialects.

Verb to study/ to understand in Levantine Arabic

English translation:

Me: Thank God, I studied and I understood, I need to focus and not stress on the exam. The name: …

Vocabulary:

verb to study (he studied) – دَرَس [daras]

to understand (he understood) – فِهِم [fihim]

exam/ test – اِمْتِحَان , plural: اِمْتِحانات [imtiHaan/ pl: imtiHaanaat]

to focus (he focused) – رَكَّز [rakkaz]

to become stressed (he got stressed) – تْوَتَّر [twattar]

Verb to find

Translation:

When I find someone with the same silliness as mine

Vocabulary:

to find (he found) – لَقى [laqa]

same – نَفْس [nafs]

silliness/ foolishness – سَخافة [sakhaafa]

How to say under control in Arabic

Translation:

Don’t worry, the situation is under control

Vocabulary:

ما عليك [ma 3alayk] – a phrase often used to say don’t worry/ forget about it

situation- وَضِع / plural: أَوضَاع [waDi3/ pl: awDaa3]

control – سَيْطَرة [sayTara]

Verb to lie/ to say

Translation:

Me when I say the truth / Me when I lie

Vocabulary:

to say (he said) – قال [qaal]

truth – حَقيقة [Haqeeqa]

to lie (he lied) – كَذَّب [kadhdhab/ kazzab]

Verb to see/ to hear

Translation:

When you see a video you are in and hear your voice.

Vocabulary:

to see (he saw) – شاف [shaaf]

to hear (he heard) – سِمِع [simi3]

voice/ sound – صوت [Soot], pl: أصْوات [aSwaat]

To take pictures in Levantine Arabic

Translation:

When you take a picture of yourself / when someone takes a picture of you.

Vocabulary:

to take a picture (he took a picture) – صَوَّر [Sawwar]

*نَفس [nafs] – with a suffix pronoun attached means oneself. For example: نَفْسي – myself, نَفْسَك – yourself, نَفْسها – herself

How to say I forgot in Levantine Arabic

Translation:

Sir (teacher), I forgot my homework in home. The teacher:

Vocabulary:

teacher (m) – أُسْتَاذ [ustaadh]

teacher (f) – أُسْتَاذة [ustaadha]

to forget (he forgot) – نِسِي [nisi]

homework – واجِب [waajib]

house – بيت [beyt]

How to say dream in Levantine dialect?

Translation:

When you are going out to follow your dreams

Vocabulary:

to go out (he went out) – طِلِع [tili3]

 implementation, carrying out – تَحْقيق [taHqeeq]

dream – حِلِم / plural: أَحْلام [Hilim/ pl: aHlaam]

Verb to buy in Levantine Arabic

Translation:

When you buy a cat and it turns out to be more silly than you are

Vocabulary:

to buy (he bought) – اشْتَرَى [ishtara]

cat – قِطّة [qiTTa] / pl: قِطَط [qiTaT]

to come out/ to turn out – طِلِع [tili3]

trivial/ silly – تافِه [taafeh]

Full vocabulary list- verbs

دَرَس [daras] – to study

فِهِم [fihim] – to understand

رَكَّز [rakkaz] – to focus

تْوَتَّر [twattar] – to become stressed

اشْتَرَى [ishtara] – to buy

لَقى [laqa] – to find

قال [qaal] – to say

صَوَّر [Sawwar] – to take a picture

طِلِع [tili3] – to come out/ to turn out/ to go out

نِسِي [nisi] – to forget

كَذَّب [kadhdhab/ kazzab] – to lie

شاف [shaaf] – to see

سِمِع [simi3]- to hear

Full vocabulary list- nouns

silliness/ foolishness – سَخافة [sakhaafa]

exam/ test – اِمْتِحَان , plural: اِمْتِحانات [imtiHaan/ pl: imtiHaanaat]

situation- وَضِع / plural: أَوضَاع [waDi3/ pl: awDaa3]

control – سَيْطَرة [sayTara]

voice/ sound – صوت [Soot], pl: أصْوات [aSwaat]

truth – حَقيقة [Haqeeqa]

teacher – أُسْتَاذ [ustaadh]

homework – واجِب [waajib]

house – بيت [beyt]

implementation, carrying out – تَحْقيق [taHqeeq]

dream – حِلِم / plural: أَحْلام [Hilim/ pl: aHlaam]

cat – قِطّة [qiTTa] / pl: قِطَط [qiTaT]

Learning with memes in Arabic is a part of language immersion. if you are interested in other ways to immerse yourself in Arabic check our detailed post about Arabic immersion ideas and free resources.

See also our post with 35 popular Arabic proverbs in Levantine Arabic.

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