Egyptian Arabic Voices
Egyptian Arabic Voices
Egyptian Arabic Voices presents dozens of audio essays on a variety of topics by native speakers. Each essay is transcribed, translated into English, and includes exercises to improve comprehension.
Egyptian Arabic Voices is designed to provide intermediate and advanced students of Arabic with an opportunity to hear and study authentic Egyptian Arabic as it is spoken by native speakers today. Improve your comprehension of Egyptian Arabic by using its audio component alongside the guided exercises in the book. Unlike the scripted materials read by voice actors used in many coursebooks, Egyptian Arabic Voices offers dozens of audio essays spoken naturally and off-the-cuff by individuals from around Egypt.*
Each segment consists of:
- exercises to sharpen your listening skills and increase how much you can understand, whatever your level.
- in-chapter answers to the exercises (no having to flip back and forth to the back of the book).
- verbatim transcripts of the audio with side-by-side English translations
- lined sections for taking notes and recording new vocabulary
- cultural and linguistic notes
- web links to articles and videos related to the segment
Six native speakers from the greater Cairo region have each contributed six “audio essays” on various topics, which in total make up the 36 segments found in this book. The contributors were recorded speaking naturally and spontaneously, without reading prepared texts. The audio essays were then transcribed in Arabic script and phonemic transcription and translated into English. Studying these texts is a unique opportunity to better understand the patterns, usage, and idiosyncrasies of Arabic as spoken by Egyptians today.
* The audio is now available in two versions and can be downloaded or streamed below:
- the original audio: as spoken by the participants (at times challenging, but excellent practice for building listening skills)
- slow audio: a studio recording by professional voice artists who speak very slowly and deliberately (good for hearing the sounds of each word and shadowing the speech to improve your pronunciation and accent)
Egyptian Arabic Voices
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Getting Around Cairo in Arabic: Taxis
Black, white, and pink. Yomna explains the different kinds of taxis in Cairo while teaching us some useful vocabulary and expressions in Egyptian Arabic.
Mostafa and the Bread
Mostafa tells us about a bad day he had. Was it really the worst day of his life??
“Country” Cafés in Egypt
One thing you can’t miss in Egypt, it is the country cafés ilʔahāwi -lbáladi القهاوي البلدي. There is approximately over 100,000 country cafés in Egypt. It is something
I Have Never Visited the Pyramids
Amr can see the Pyramids from his home. But why has he never visited them?
The Sacrifice Feast in Egypt
Yomna tells us about the Sacrifice Feast in Egypt while teaching us some interesting words and phrases related to the holiday in Egyptian Arabic.
Mostafa Gets Lost
Even locals can get lost in a city as big as Cairo. How does Mostafa find his way?
9 reviews for Egyptian Arabic Voices
The text has been updated to be consistent with the orthography used in Lingualism materials, namely the use of dotted ة, ي, and hamza.
The accompanying audio now has, in addition to the original audio, studio-recorded slowly-spoken recordings by professional voice artists.
Bill (verified owner) –
This book along with the other Arabic Voices books are some of the best tools I’ve used in order to improve my Arabic listening skills. I like how if I don’t know a word, instead of trying all different types of spelling in an Arabic dictionary, they are all right there in the book for me to quickly reference. Great job on the books Matthew.
Mauricio (verified owner) –
Egyptian Arabic Voices is an excellent resource. Although I focus mostly on Levantine Arabic, I purchased this book in order to practice listening skills in Egyptian Arabic and I’ve loved working through it. The audio is clear, the variety of topics discussed is great, and the variety of speakers/narrators is also great. On top of that, there are transcripts for each passage/chapter, as in Arabic Voices and Arabic Voices 2. I look forward to future Lingualism Arabic resources, for any dialects.
this book is simply amazin
the true language that we can hear in Egypt
not suitable for beginners
Fan (verified owner) –
Amazing! I would be so lost without the extraordinary books from Lingualism. I’ve been focusing on one chapter every week and i’ve taken notes of unfamiliar words and expressions. My Arabic has improved a lot! My arabic teacher is also a fan of this one and she has recomended it to other students.
Lingualism (verified owner) –
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Yuya (verified owner) –
I found this book hard to use and not quite informative due to one big reason.
There is no breakdown part for the vocabs and expressions at the end of the chapter. So the reader has to either look up or guess the meaning of every time they find unfamiliar word. This is hard because, as you know, there is no definitive dictionary for Egyptian Arabic. You may feel lucky if you happen to find the meaning of the word you don’t know. For example the word فاق in the chapter 2 means to “stay alert” but this meaning is not even written in the most famous Lisaanmasry dictionary so you need to guess that it means that or ask a native speaker, which is hard for a self-learner like me.
I am very happy that some audios are now available in slow audio. You always come up with something new to help us along. Thanks Matthew, great job.