Lebanese Arabic: 3aayiz عايز


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I was very shocked to discover that عايز (to need or to want) is used in Lebanon.

I am accustomed to hearing it in Egyptian films and video clips.

However, while watching a few Lebanese programs as of late, I came across عايز, particularly in a musalsali (a series) where a lady says to another woman: عايزتك هون [I need you here].

This totally caught me by surprise since I'm accustomed to using/hearing لازم، محتاج و بحاجة ل for need.

Upon doing some research, I found out that it is used.
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  • Yes and it appears in Syrian speech generally. It's an Arabic word and these are Arabic dialects, so this should not be surprising.