Egyptian Arabic Vocabulary

Key Egyptian Arabic Expression: معلِشّ ma3alíšš

معلِشّ is used to downplay a situation, whether to console, sympathize, or apologize. The word originally comes from the Modern Standard Arabic phrase ما عليه شيء, which literally means nothing against it.

Egyptian Arabic Vocabulary

Key Egyptian Arabic Expression: كِده kida

كِده is likely the most quintessentially Egyptian word there is. Not only is it very high frequency in everyday speech, but it is unique to the Egyptian Arabic dialect. كِده is related to the Modern Standard Arabic word هكذا like this but takes on a range of idiomatic meanings on its own and in phrases.

Egyptian Arabic Diaries

Hamza in Hurghada

Hamza (age 7) tells us about a recent family trip to Hurghada (on the Red Sea coast of Egypt). Hamza is the son of Yomna, a regular contributor to the blog and Lingualism publications.

Egyptian Arabic Diaries

Mostafa in Islamic Cairo

Mostafa tells us about a recent outing with friends. What does he think about Islamic Cairo?

PDF Samples and Links to Amazon

I’ve just added a section to each PDF eBook’s product page–You’ll find it just before the Audio section. On the left, you’ll see a circular button with a PDF icon. Click this to view (and/or download) a PDF of a sample from the book. This way, you can get a

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Premium Audio

Over the years, I’ve received many requests for audio that includes both the original Arabic and the English translations from Lingualism books so that the materials can be studied without having to be looking at the page. I’ve always loved the idea, and now I’ve finally gotten around to creating

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