Egyptian Arabic

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Egyptian Arabic.

There are many varieties of Arabic in the world, just as they are English, Spanish, French or any other language that is spoken in more than one country. The specific variety of Egyptian Arabic is spoken by 53 million speakers in Egypt.

If you were to use Egyptian Arabic for travel, you would be in for a world of rewards. Mango indicates:

Delve into this ancient culture and explore the world. Indulge your imagination and travel to Egypt’s famed pyramids, dazzling temples, and the international Nile River. Visit the Valley of the Kings, decode Egyptian hieroglyphics, and sunbathe along the shores of the Red Sea. Whether you’re planning to study abroad, forge a career in international diplomacy, or you simply love the culture, this language is a passport to a remarkable history and a thriving contemporary culture – and it’s all at your fingertips when you speak the language.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here are some phrases about directions you can learn from Chapter 4: Excuse me! Where is the Egyptian Museum?.
Note: The phrases are written below in Mango's transliteration, not in Arabic script. Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

  • If you please, where is the Egyptian museum? law saMAHT, elMAThaf elMASree feen?
  • Please, where is the restaurant? men FADlek, elMATam feen?
  • Excuse me, where is the bathroom? men FADlak, elhamMEHM feen?
  • Where is the train station on the map?maHATtet elATR feen alkhaREEta
  • I am lost. Ana TAyeh

Egyptian Arabic is available through both Mango Languages and extensive general Arabic classes are available through Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.