This site is an effort to show Arabic as a living language by allowing users to search in both a Classical Arabic dictionary and a dialect dictionary at the same time. ..
Classical Arabic Dictionary
list of Latin characters
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Dictionary
This dictionary contains over 23,000 words and 34,000 definitions!
Levantine Colloquial Arabic Dictionary
I've marked examples with either an [L] (for Lebanese) or [S] for Syrian
Arabic is hard and complex, but also rich and deep. Imagine learning tools that map out Arabic for you and help you learn it. That’s what this site is. It has dictionaries for Egyptian, Levantine, and Classical Arabic, and it has apps and learning resources to help you access the language.
A Living Project
This site is always growing. What started out as a simple word list on a student’s desktop has evolved into two of the largest dialect dictionaries ever written for the Egyptian and Levantine dialects with plans for additional dialects and a growing Classical Arabic (Fusha) dictionary, all run on a uniquely structured database designed for Arabic’s diglossia.
To make it practical and accessible, there are apps and learning resources appropriate for all levels of users.
Not Just a List of Definitions
These dictionaries are more than just a list of words, they are guides to the Arabic language. The uniquely structured database allows users to search by Arabic word, English word, and Arabic root. There are also thousands of examples to show users how to properly use words and listing common phrases and proverbs.
Apps and Learning Resources
To make the database practical and accessible, there is an online web interface for users to access the data and mobile apps. The apps turn your mobile device into the first multi-dialect Arabic dictionary. Funds from this project’s first Kickstarter paid Syrian refugees to develop the mobile apps and this website. There are also learning resources like an audio recording of Khalid Khamesy’s book Taxi in Arabic.
For one of my students, the website was his constant companion, and when we would have discussions in Arabic he would look things up as we spoke.
Arabic professor, University of Maryland
This is truly a fantastic and much needed resource for learning colloquial Arabic. And the fact that in addition to just the standard/basic translation it also always includes roots and diacritical marks..., plurals, pronunciation notes, and examples, makes it even more helpful.
Searches within the Living Arabic Project have proved to be easy, informative, and accurate...
Linguist and translator, JAY Multilingual
This looks fantastic, and frankly, a website like this is LONG overdue.
An Open Door
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