The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs

The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs

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The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs contains conjugation tables for 264 of the most common verbs used by Egyptians in their everyday speech. Over 1,400 example sentences are provided to show the verbs in context.

The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs contains conjugation tables for 264 of the most common verbs used by Egyptians in their everyday speech. Over 1,400 example sentences are provided to show the verbs in context.

The tables show over 70 forms of each verb, for all persons, numbers, tenses, negative, imperative, participles, and verbal nouns.

Each detailed conjugation table takes up a full page and is followed by a page with several example sentences demonstrating the verb in various contexts. All of the examples were written by a native speaker from Cairo and then translated into English. Care was given to provide a variety of forms for each verb (different persons, numbers, tenses, negative forms, etc.) in the examples. Following these are notes shedding more light on the verb’s meaning and usage.

All of the Arabic in the book appears in both Arabic script and its phonemic transcription. The Arabic is written with tashkeel (voweling) so that each word’s pronunciation is clear. The phonemic transcription provides an even more accurate representation of the sounds of ECA, which cannot always be represented by the Arabic script. It can also be helpful for learners who are not yet completely comfortable with Arabic script.

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12 reviews for The Big Fat Book of Egyptian Arabic Verbs

  1. Emil


    The book is a wonderfuI addition to one’s Egyptian Arabic library. The complete conjugation of each verb with the noun form of the verb plus the examples of use are outstanding for a colloquial dialect. The audio files are a must and an excellant creation by the author to fully grasp the correct pronunciation. By the way, I bought the hardcopy version from

  2. Marco

    MARCO (verified owner)

    This book is extremely useful especially when combined with the Anki Flash Cards, it really helped me to improve my Arabic


    viola (verified owner)

    I was looking forward for a book of verbs’ conjugations with trasliteration , tashkeel and arabic all in one. Just started using it but the structure is very friendly.

  4. JK

    I have purchased many of lingualisms materials(and written similar reviews to this one). Honestly, they are easily the best purchases I have made in my Arabic learning journey. The audio is high quality. However the audio is also the reason I only gave this product 4/5 stars. I do appreciate the audio for the sample sentences, but I do feel that many of the audio tracks are a bit too fast, even by native standards. Not everyone who lives in Egypt or speaks Arabic, talks at that speed.

    The purchase of the book is a very good investment. Learning Arabic and using verbs as a starting point once I understood the script has been extremely helpful in improving my ability to speak. The layout is clear and easy to follow. The notes for each verb are invaluable.

  5. Patricia


    I was going to purchase the book of verbs, but changed my mind after listening to the sample. The speech is much too fast for learners.

    • Lingualism (verified owner)

      It is a bit challenging, I admit. But natural speed is what the ear really needs to train it to understand the real language. Listening while reading along should be manageable, and you can always slow down the audio to 50% or 75% in the Audio Player on this page.

  6. Ameena


    Wow wow wow!!!. This is a HUGE book of verb conjugations and sample sentences. I cannot even imagine all the time and effort that went into putting this monumental work together.
    So helpful …from the conjugation tables to the audio, to the cross references to ECA Verb book…and even the extra references at the bottom of the page mentioning other examples on other pages. perfect /imperfect/negative/positive/bi-imperfect/future/imperative/AP/PP/VN . IT’S ALL HERE!!
    YA SALAAM!!!
    For beginner to advanced language lovers.
    Truly a labour of love.

  7. Nemeth


    I purchased the book paper on Amazon, and I was right the book itself is fantastic. On the other hand as for audio, I am absolutely with Patricia and JK, it’s not the problem with the speed, since it could be handled with slowed down playback, but the accuracy and articulation. I’ve just listened to the examples for “85 HaTT to put” and from the audio recording I had no clue the delicate pronunciation of the H and emphatic doubled T’s and the vowels pronounced along with these emphatic consonants of this very important verb. I would rerecord all examples with a relaxed lady speaker, as well as, all the actual conjugations: HaTTeet, HaTTeena, …, ma-HaTTitsh.
    Honestly, audio is weak point of most of the Lingualism publications because of the meaninglessly crazy speed, as if the speakers primary purpose were to make us learners frustrated and stop learning Egyptian Arabic.

    • Lingualism

      Lingualism (verified owner)

      Hi Nemeth! Just an FYI: I’ve recently had all-new audio recorded to replace the original audio because I agree that it is too fast. The new audio will be available in the coming weeks and is much slower and more clearly articulated.

      If you find the audio (in general) too fast, keep listening and I think you’ll find your comprehension will increase. The audio speed does vary by speaker, but the philosophy of Lingualism materials is to provide real, authentic language. When the audio is slowed down too much, it may “feel good” because it’s easy, but THAT would be meaningless and never help you understand actual everyday speech. (It’s an interesting topic, and I have strong feelings on it and plan to eventually (!) write a blog post about this.) But don’t feel frustrated. Keep practicing your listening skills and I think you’ll eventually find the same audio you find challenging now to be easier and clearer over time.

    • Lingualism

      Lingualism (verified owner)

      UPDATE: New audio is available. The original audio was rather challenging because of the pace of the voice artists’ speech. We recently had different voice artists from Cairo record new audio with careful attention to maintaining a consistent, comfortable speed that should be more suitable for learners.

  8. Nemeth


    I made a mistake in the rating of my previous review. Honestly, I didn’t even expected audio available for a book like the Big Fat Verbs. The book is absolutely 5-star just to have it on your bookshelf; actually, I have it always on by desk to have it at hand next to other Lingualism learning materials as well as the brilliant Kullu Tamam (by M. Woidich), the ultimate grammar book for Egyptian Arabic.

  9. Trenton

    Trenton Erker (verified owner)

    This book has helped me immensely. It’s difficult to find a table of verbs in Arabic. I had to learn what the tenses meant as the names are different than those in other languages I’ve learned, but after that it’s been an asset.

  10. Lingualism

    Lingualism (verified owner)

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  11. Gil

    Gil McKinnon (verified owner)


  12. Hansjörg

    Hansjörg Haber (verified owner)

    Extremely useful. Most teaching aids for Egyptian Arabic either offer transcription or Arabic script with tashkeel. Neither is adequate if used in isolation. Everybody who is familiar with these works – and some of them are excellent, like e.g. Woidich’s Kullu tamam – will agree with this and appreciate the hard work behind the almost completely typo-free texts of Lingualism. Studying verb tables may seem, and indeed is, pedestrian, but given the absolutely central role of the Arabic verb in the language, it is both necessary and well worth the effort. And in this field in particular, there are many differences between Egyptian Arabic and MSA which you need to master. My second main reason for recommending the Big Fat Book is the excellent examples, reflecting everyday communication needs instead of the rather sterile language prevalent in other books.

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