Category: Egyptian Arabic Diaries

Mostafa and the Sheep

Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Mostafa tells us how he and his father found their sacrificial sheep… and how it almost got away.  العيد فاضل عليه ايام قليله و الناس كلها بتستعد. و اكيد انا واحد من الناس دى، بحيث انى بساعد امى فى تنظيف الشقه. و اجيب شويه حاجات من السوق استعداداً للعزومات و الزيارات اللى بتحصل فى العيد. كل اللى فات ده كوم و اللى جاى كوم تانى، حيث انى اكتر حاجه بحبها فى تجهيزات العيد هى انى اروح مع ابويا علشان نروح نجيب خروف العيد. و بالفعل...

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The Sacrifice Feast

Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. The Sacrifice Feast (Eid al-Adha) is an important holiday in Egypt. Reem tells us what she likes and doesn’t like about the holiday.  ازيكم يا جماعه! من يومين كان اول يوم فى عيد الاضحى. عيد الاضحى هو تانى و اكبر اعيادنا كمسلمين، بس الحقيقه فى مصر بنحتفل بيه سوا: المسيحيين قبل المسلمين. العيد اربع ايام و اهم حاجه بتميزه هو “دبح الاضحيه”، توزيع لحمتها على القرايب و الفقراء، بس اللى بيقوم بالمهمه دى عندنا هما الرجاله. اما انا، فالعيد بالنسبه ليا بيتلخص فى تلات حاجات...

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Mostafa Gets Lost

Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Even locals can get lost in a city as big as Cairo. How does Mostafa find his way? كنت المفروض رايح احضر كورس و ده شىء كويس. لكن اللى مش كويس انى مكنتش اعرف عن المكان غير انه فى محطه اسمها ثكنات المعادى. و ده كان الجزء السهل فى الموضوع. دخلت المترو، قطعت تذكره و ركبت و نزلت المحطه. و اعتمدت على المثل المصرى اللى بيقول (اللى يسأل ميتوهش). و لكن نسيت حاجه مهمه ان الناس مبيحبوش يقولوا معرفش. سألت اول واحد قابلته. قالى: خش...

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I Have Never Visited the Pyramids

Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Amr can see the Pyramids from his home. But why has he never visited them?  ازيكم يا جماعه؟ عايز احكيلكم حاجه غريبه جداً عنى. انا كنت عايش ف السعوديه لفتره طويله جداً لحد ما اتخرجت من الثانويه. بعد التخرج رجعت مصر عشان أدرس فى الكليه، و بقالى دلوقتى اكتر من خمس سنين عايش فى مصر. الغريب انى طول الـخمس سنين اللى قضيتهم هنا، و خلال كل الاجازات اللى كنت بزور فيها مصر (لما كنت عايش فى السعوديه)… عمرى ما زرت الاهرامات! الاهرامات، و ابو الهول...

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Mostafa and the Bread

Learn Arabic as it is really spoken. Listen to and read Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Mostafa tells us about a bad day he had. Was it really the worst day of his life?? امبارح كان من اسوأ ايام حياتى. اليوم ابتدا بإن امى صحتنى من النوم و قالتلى اصحى علشان تجيب العيش، الجمله اللى دايماً مبحبش اسمعها، لكن صحيت و خدت قفص العيش و الجنيه فى جيبى، و نزلت رحت للاقرب فرن، جنب بيتنا. لقيت الطابور كبير شويه، حوالى خمستاشر واحد. قلت مش مشكله. اقف و خلاص اهى كلها ساعه و اجيب العيش و اطلع اكمل نوم. و بعد ما...

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