Welcome to LisaanMasry, the largest and most comprehensive set of learning resources for egyptian arabic
The word search facility of the dictionary makes it easy to find a word, either in English or in Egyptian Arabic, even if you are not sure how to spell it exactly. It is equally easy to use for Egyptians and Europeans, and is suitable for occasional use or for serious students. Egyptian words are written both in arabic script with tashkyl (short vowels) and in european writing, and there are recordings of somebody saying the main forms of each word.
In addition to the dictionary, there is also a thesaurus, example sentences, an introduction to egpytian arabic grammar, and tools to help you learn vocabulary, improve your pronunciation and read and write arabic.
It is available in several formats, so that you can use the dictionary whenever, wherever you need it. Check out the table below for the features available on each format, then go either go to the download page or use links on the left to get more information.
Download apps and documents
Learn arabic writing: An easy, online introduction to learning arabic writing
Grammar A comprehensive summary of Egyptian Arabic grammar
General info about Egyptian language and culture
Online: use it on any computer, tablet or phone that has a web browser
Windows application offering a comprehensive set of reference and learning tools
Android app that you can use wherever you are: no internet connection needed.
Apple: apps for iPhone and iPad
Kindle eBooks for dictionary, thesaurus and grammar
PDF: dictionary, thesaurus and grammar
What's new: updates to the apps and web site
About the dictionary
Contact us with comments or suggestions
New word: Suggest a word that you think we should add
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We have added some new features to the online examples.
This version contains some major new features. It now has a dictionary view (a list of words in alphabetical order) and a player feature: you can listen to vocabulary, example sentences and pronunciation whilst you are travelling, preparing a meal or just relaxing.
The app now recognises gestures: you can pinch and stretch to change the font size and swipe to go to the next entry in a list.
If your device language is set to arabic, the app works in arabic.
There are several other improvements and lots more words.
There were a couple of problems with the web site which prevented some downloads of the PDF version of the dictionary. These are now fixed.
There is a new release of the PDF version of the dictionary. It has an improved layout, more word form details for Egyptian verbs and lots more words. This version was actually published on the 24th August, but no press release was issued.
You will often hear the word baqa بـَقى in Egyptian conversation, but it's not easy to translate. It is used in several ways, and some usages do not have an exact equivalent in European languages. You can find some notes about its usage here.
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The web site has been updated. It is now more mobile-friendly, and the main pages are now available in Arabic. The dictionary and thesaurus functions have been updated to use the same layout as the search function. Also, there are now lots more words and examples!
The kindle dictionary format is now available again. Both dictionary and e-book versions have been updated to add lots more words, more word forms for verbs and a few corrections.