Episode 50 – Lebanon’s defunct train system

Rail transport began in Lebanon in the 1890s while it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Over time, rail lines were built along the entire length of the Lebanese coastline. Additional tracks ran east across the country connecting Beirut and the Syrian capital Damascus. The rail system operated for close to a hundred years but … Continue reading Episode 50 – Lebanon’s defunct train system

Episode 49 – Expressions for life events

There are expressions that help us express what we feel at important life events such as births, birthdays, professional successes, weddings, and funerals. These expressions convey our care and solidarity with others and reinforce our communal bonds. In this episode, Leen explores expressions for life events that we all experience. She also tell us about … Continue reading Episode 49 – Expressions for life events

Episode 48 – Colloquial Lebanese words (2)

In this episode, Leen introduces twenty Lebanese colloquial words that are often used in Lebanon. These words and expressions help express thoughts and ideas and also describe people, animals, and things. So if you want to compliment a stylish person, complain about traffic, ask someone to move out of your way, or chit chat with … Continue reading Episode 48 – Colloquial Lebanese words (2)

Episode 47 – Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian dialects

Levantine dialects across Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine share much in common but also have noticeable differences. The Levantine dialects are important parts of the mosaic of Arabic dialects spoken across the Middle East. The popularity of Syrian and Lebanese TV shows, television drama series, and music have contributed to these dialects being widely understood across … Continue reading Episode 47 – Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian dialects