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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

Egyptian Arabic

Arabic is the official language of Egypt but it’s slightly with an Egyptian dialect and therefore referred as Egyptian Arabic. This language is the sixth most common language spoken in Egypt and being the language of the Quran, Arabic is widely understood n the Muslim world. The Egyptian Arabic is believed to be spoken by about 50 million people residing in Egypt. For tourists who wish to interact with the locals and escape the boundaries of the tour group it seems mandatory to understand some words and phrases commonly used to go a long way. However having some background information about the language can always prove useful and handy.

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An overview about Arabic language

Arabic originally is the language used in the nomadic tribes that lived in the central and northern regions of the Arabian Peninsula. It was only during Muslim conquest that the language spread to the different areas where the same is now widely spoken and understood. The written forms include Arabic of the pre-Classical period which can be seen as inscriptions of central and northwestern Arabia, with Classical Arabic itself appearing in inscriptions dating from at least the fourth century. Pre-Islamic poetry, the Qur'an from the first half of the seventh century, and the language of contemporary Bedouin seems to be the foundation for the codification of the language during the eighth and ninth centuries.

Arabic is a Semitic language used by the Arabo-Canaanite group and belongs to afro Asiatic family of languages spoken widely In Africa. The language has many branches like Berber, Chadic, Cushitic and Ancient Egyptian whose modern version is Coptic that has been preserved as a literature language.


Egyptian Arabic in Egypt

The daily usage of this language varies a lot in the Egyptian society and differs from the colloquial speech of the uneducated, to a diversity of more sophisticated colloquial forms used by those who are educated, and on to the highly classical and formalized MSA, Most educated Egyptians. Meanwhile the use and importance of Classical Arabic restricts to the religious context; for example, its use in the daily recitation of the Quran.


ELearning Arabic by foreigners

Learning Egyptian Arabic is not an easy thing and can turn very daunting for the westerners as there are few irregularities seen in the grammar as well. Overall the alphabets used in Arabic are 28 in number which are consonants and three vowels which can be long or short. The colloquial dialects in Arabic use lesser number of consonants but are more complex where the vowel part is considered and even in the syllable structure. Europeans and Americans are usually strange with the concept of the Arabic root and pattern system. Some of the sounds which are found to be unique to Arabic seem difficult for non-native speakers to pronounce correctly.


Some Useful Arabic Words

Some of Useful Arabic Words For you while visiting Egypt:

English Arabic
Hello / Hi Salaam Alekom
Welcome Ahlan
Yes Aiwa
NO laa
Please law samaht
Perfect mia mia
How much Became
Who Meen
Where Feen
I want Ana Ayez
Really ya salam
Go away Amshi
Water Maya
I don't want Moshayes
No thank you Laa shoukrn
Yes thank you Aiwa shoukran
Tea Shai
Coffee Kahwa
Thanks god Elhamadollah
Left Shemal
Right Yemin
Enough khalass

 

Common words and expersions

Milk = laban
Beer = biera
Sugar = sokkar
Key = moftah
Pillow = makhadda
Soap = saboon
Restroom = hammam
Bed = sireer
Door = bab
Left = sheemai
Right = yameen
Straight ahead = aala tool
Here = hena
There = henak
There is/are … = fee
Is/are there?= fee … ?
what's your name? = ismak/ismik he ? (m/f)
I am / My name is… = ismi…
where is the hotel ? = fayn al fondok ?
where is the boat ? = fayn al markib ?
where is the airport? = fayn al matter ?
how much ? = bekam ?
how many ? = kam ?
why ? = lay ?
when ? = imta?
How? = izzay?
how are you ? = izzaiyak/izzaiyik? (m/f)
how do you do ? aamil/aamla ay? (m/f)
I (me) = ana
You = inta/inti (m/f)
You (plural) = intom
He = howa
She = heya
We = ehna
They = homma


Arabic Numbers

0

Sifr

٠

6

Sitta

٦

30

Talateen

٣٠

1

Wahed

١

7

Sabbah

٧

40

Arbaein

٤٠

2

Ittnen

٢

8

Tamaniya

٨

50

Khamseen

٥٠

3

Talata

٣

9

Tissa

٩

60

Setteen

٦٠

4

aRbah

٤

10

Ashara

١٠

70

Sabein

٧٠

5

khamsa

٥

20

aishreen

٢٠

80

tamanein

٨٠


Egypt seems to be an ideal place to learn Arabic and precisely Egyptian Arabic. Here many short courses are available which can be adjusted depending upon the time one is wishing to stay for in this country.


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