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 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
Android: app for Android phones and tablets.
iOS: app 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
Links to other useful sites
The Java app is now available as a Linux Debian package. There are also updates for Windows and Mac to deal with problems with sound file download.
This app supports the additional permission requirements of Android version 6, which prevent operation of the sound download and sound recording functions. It also includes improvements to the sound download facility and a few minor bug fixes.
A new release of the PDF dictionary is available. It contains lots of new words and a few corrections.
There is now a version of the app that is designed for Mac OS/X. It is identical to the Windows version apart from the user interface, for example the menu bar is at the top of the screen.
This version is written in Java and requires the JRE: if you do not have it already, there is a link to the Oracle web site on the download page and on the Mac OS/X page.
Version 1.3 now supports pinch and stretch gestures to zoom in on most of the views. The user interface now supports arabic. The examples view has several improvements. You can now check for updates to the app, the dictionary database and the grammar document. In addition, there are lots more words and examples.
The latest version of the Windows app is now available for download. This is a complete rewrite to bring the app up to date. It also contains lots more words, improvements to the examples view and there is now a facility to update the dictionary database.
This version is written in Java and requires the JRE: the app will give you instructions how to install this if it is not already on your computer.
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.