September 8

How to Learn Lebanese Arabic by Watching Movies!


Since we are all quarantined in our homes because of COVID-19 (at least by the time I am writing this) this is the BEST time for you to start doing that one thing that you always wanted to do. And since you landed on this specific post, then that would be to enhance your spoken Arabic skills aka your Lebanese Arabic skills

And what better way to do it, than watching Lebanese movies and series!

I mean who doesn’t mind sitting infront of the tv eating snacks and popcorn watching something that will actually benefit you? That way you won’t feel guilty for being lazy all day long, am I right?

So, I’m gonna recommend some movies that will greatly enhance your understanding of the Lebanese Arabic dialect.

P.S. This is NOT a promotion for the movies, I just personally find them good and fun to watch.

Now before I list all the movies and series, make sure to get my FREE Lebanese Arabic Book. Seriously, it is for FREE. I might change my mind and start charging for it so hurry up!


1- First and foremost, the classic Lebanese movie: West Beirut (1998)

The plot:
During the civil war in 1975, Beirut is divided into eastern and western partitions which coincide with the Muslim-Christian divide of the city.
Tarek is an unruly high school student who lives in West Beirut, which houses the Muslim population. He and his friend Omar enjoy making movies with a Super 8 camera. They befriend May, an orphaned Christian girl living in Tarek’s building, and they frantically search for her when she goes missing.
I actually found the movie on YouTube with subtitles so you can just type the title in the YouTube search box!

2-The Insult

The plot:
In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.
Fun fact: West Beirut and The Insult were directed by the same person.
I also found the movie on YouTube, however sadly without subtitles. You might find it over there or somewhere else with subtitles!

3-Al Hayba:

Al hayba was a trending series on Netflix a couple of years ago.

The plot:
In a village by the Lebanon-Syria border, the head of an arms-smuggling clan contends with family conflicts, power struggles and complicated love.
This series is found on Netflix


The plot:
Beautiful executive assistant Zeina reluctantly teams up with the self-assured Tarek to chase down an elusive dollar bill worth $1 million.
This series is also found on Netflix.

So, those are a few movies and series that will help you master the Levantine Arabic.

Stay safe everyone and don’t kiss a lot of people like Arabs always give three kisses on the cheek… just in case.


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