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Learn Egyptian Arabic

There are lots of variants of spoken, colloquial Arabic, so if you're keen to chat to the locals in Egypt then this is the best place to start. Local Arabic variants borrow many words from other dominant languages in their countries such as French, English and Berber. You’ll be able to understand what they’re saying after learning with uTalk but Arabic speakers in other parts of the world can struggle.§

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Where Is It Spoken?

Egypt

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Number Of Speakers

60,000,000

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Semitic

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Fun facts about Egyptian Arabic

The proverb 'old habits die hard' in Egypt is expressed as 'a belly dancer dies, but her waist is still moving'.

Egyptian Arabic spoken in big cities like Cairo is instantly recognisable by the distinctive 'G' sound that replaces the letter J in speech. Thus, Arab speakers named 'Gamal', 'Gaafar' or 'Gamila' instead of 'Jamal', 'Jaafar' and 'Jamila' are likely to be Egyptian.

Plurals are very irregular. A book is a kitaab but books are kutub. A suitcase is a shanta but suitcases are shunat. Boy is walad but boys is awlad.

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