“Reading” (present) (verb) in Lebanese Arabic

In Lebanese Arabic, “Reading” (the verb, in the present tense) is written using the Latin script as:

(I) 3ambe2ra

(You) (m) 3ambte2ra

(You) (f) 3ambte2re

(You, plural) 3ambte2ro

(He) 3ambye2ra

(She) 3ambte2ra

(We) 3amne2ra

(They) 3ambye2ro

Using the Arabic script, it is written as:

عمبقرا (I)

عمبتقرا (You) (m)

عمبتقري (You) (f)

عمبيقرو (You, plural)

عمبيقرا (He)

عمبتقرا (She)

عمنقرا (We)

عمبيقرو (They)

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Examples in sentences or statements

“I’m reading…”



“I’m not reading any books right now.”

Ma3ambe2ra wala kteb hala2.

.ماعمبقرا ولا كتاب حلاق

“I’m reading a really good book.”

3ambe2ra kteb ktir helo.

.عمبقرا كتاب كتير حلو

“What are you reading?”

(m) Shou 3ambte2ra?

(f) Shou 3ambte2re?

شو عمبتقرا؟ (m)

شو عمبتقري؟ (f)

“He’s reading a science fiction book.”

3ambye2ra kteb khiyel 2al 3elme.

.عمبيقرا كتاب خيال ألعلمي

“She’s reading a fantasy book.”

3ambte2ra kteb khiyele.

.عمبتقرا كتاب خيالي

“We’re reading that book in class right now.”

3amne2ra haydel kteb bel saf hala2.

.عمنقرا هيديل كتيب بلصاف حلاق

“The men at the cafe are reading newspapers.”

2al rejel bel cafe 3ambye2ro 2al jaride.

.ألرجال بلكافي عمبيقرو ألجاريدي


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