Egyptian Arabic Dictionary

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Java app for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux

Note: This app is written in Java and requires the Java Runtime Environment. If you don't already have this on your computer, see below for instructions on how to get it.

The app is more than just a dictionary: it is an extensive set of learning tools for students of Egyptian Arabic. It contains:

  • a powerful search facility, so that you can find an English or Egyptian word even if you are not sure how to spell it
  • a conventional dictionary, with English or Egyptian words in alphabetical order
  • a thesaurus, which lists words with similar or related meanings
  • a vocabulary learning tool to help you to learn and remember new words
  • a pronunciation tool to improve your pronunciation
  • a tool to help you to learn to read and write arabic
  • an introduction to Egyptian Arabic grammar

The dictionary is stored on your computer, so you get an instant response to queries, and you don't need an internet connection to use it.

There are recordings of all words and examples: the app can download the sounds as required, or you can download all of the sounds for a language so that you get instant playback, even when you don't have an internet connection

Using the search facility, you can type in a word (maybe with spelling mistakes) and get a list of the words that are closest to the word that you entered. you can search for Egyptian words in arabic writing or in european writing.

Click on a word to see full details of the word, its meanings and an example sentence.

Click one of the buttons to hear somebody saying the word form or example.

Click on a meaning to display full details of the word that you clicked on and its meanings

The dictionary gives you a list of words in alphabetical order.

The thesaurus provides listings of words with similar meanings

For verbs, you can also get a full listing of the perfect, imperfect, bi-and ha-imperfect, imperative and participles.

Click on a syntax keyword (eg noun) to go directly to the corresponding section of the Egyptian arabic grammar. The guide to Egyptian Arabic grammar is built into the app.

You can add useful words to your personal vocabulary list, then use the vocabulary learning tool to help you to learn and revise them

You can browse through over 1,500 example sentences. If you touch a word in the example or the translation, you will see full details of the word. The app also highlights the corresponding word in the other language.

You can learn to read the arabic alphabet- in just ten days!

Then you can practice listening to, reading and writing arabic words until you can do it perfectly.

You can improve your arabic or english pronunciation: listen to words containing a group of letters or a phoneme, then record yourself and compare with the correct pronunciation.

Java Runtime Environment

The Java Runtime Environment is required to run this application. You can download it from the Oracle website


To install the app on a Windows computer, download the setup file and run it. This will create a menu group called LisaanMasry: you can ask for a desktop icon as well during setup. If you don't have the JRE installed already, the app will take you to the web site to download it.

The old windows app is no longer supported, but you can still download it from here.

Windows app downloads
Windows V2.02Download (7.8Mb)Read help
Windows V2.0Download (7.7Mb)Read help
Java Runtime Environment
required for app
Go to Oracle website
(download approx 60Mb)


The Mac OSX app is supplied as a Mac DMX file. Download the file and then click on it: this will open a folder containing the app. Drag the app onto your desktop, or wherever else you want to put it.

Mac OSX app downloads
Mac OSX V2.02Download (7.3Mb)Read help
Mac OSX V2.01Download (8.0Mb)Read help
Java Runtime Environment
required for app
Go to Oracle website
(download approx 60Mb)


The Linux app is supplied as a Debian DEB file. Download the file and then click on it: this will install the app in /usr/share/applications. You can find it whenever you needit by opening Search and typing in the first few letters of Lisaan Masry or Egyptian Aarabic Dictionary.

Linux app downloads
Linux V2.02/td>Download (7.1Mb)Read help
Java Runtime Environment
required for app
Go to Oracle website
(download approx 60Mb)

Version history

Version 2.02

This version fixes a couple of bugs with database update and sound download.

Version 2.0

The app has been rewritten from scratch. It includes all of the old features but in a new layout, and some minor improvements:

  • Improved database and sound update features
  • When you select a word in an example, the corresponding word in the other language is highlighted
  • Find example sentences that contain English words (previously only for Egyptian words)
  • Example sentences included in dictionary entries

Version 1.3.2

This version contains about 500 new words, and corrections and updates to spelling and pronunciation of existing words.

It also supports the new method of playing sounds online: the old method does not support all words, and will be removed shortly.

Version 1.3.1

This version contains two bug fixes:

  • read: in learn mode, the fatha button did not work
  • sound: sound download was unreliable

Version 1.3

This version contains the following new features:

  • learn: completely re-designed to use spaced repetition system, which offers much more effective learning
  • speak: now supports selection of words by phoneme as well as by letter
  • read: completely re-designed to use the same methods as the web site
  • examples: now over 1200 examples, rated by difficulty
  • full support within the app for usage in arabic
  • lots more words
  • feminine and plural for all arabic adjectives, and gender indicated for all nouns

Version 1.2

This version contains the following new features:

  • about a thousand new words
  • over 350 fully annotated examples of typical usage
  • built-in sound download

Version 1.01

This fixes a bug on the search tab where, on some computers, the arabic words are not displayed.

Version 1.00

This version contains lots of new features:

  • an option to help you learn to read arabic
  • a full thesaurus, with all english words classified
  • arabic language support within the application
  • improved user interface
  • stressed-syllable marks
  • full verb listings- perfect/imperfect/ha-bi-imperfect/imperative/participles
  • integrated with the new Egyptian Arabic Grammar

Version 0.91

This version contains about 500 new words, plus some improvements to the Egyptian Arabic grammar documents.

Version 0.9

This version contains a lot of new words, and the existing words have been reviewed and corrected.

We have learned a lot from creating the Android app, so this version of Windows app has a completely revised, simplified user interface. I hope that most people will find it a lot easier to use. For those who are familiar with the old version and prefer it, you can enable it using the Enable old menu option in the Choose view.

There is now a recording of nearly 100% of the arabic words. That's a lot of extra information, so the sound modules are now supplied separately. You can download the sound module for the language you are interested in, and have fast access to sounds even if you don't have an internet connection.

If you don't download the sound modules, the application will download the sound from every time you press a Play button. There may be a small delay while the application downloads each sound from the web.

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Grammar A comprehensive summary of Egyptian Arabic grammar

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Dictionary formats

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

Apps for Windows, MAC OS/X, Linux

Kindle eBooks for dictionary, thesaurus and grammar

PDF: dictionary, thesaurus and grammar

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