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Easy Egyptian Arabic phrases with audio to impress the locals

The first time I travelled to Turkey I leaned one Turkish phrase which is “teşekkür ederim” or “thank you”. Just this one simple phrase made my trip much more fun. Every time I said it started a friendly conversation with a local, and I ended up even with a free gift one time. Ever since I made it a habit to learn some simple phrases from the country I’m visiting and I can’t tell you how much this little effort ALWAYS gets appreciated by the locals.

In this post I’ll teach you how to say some essential Egyptian Arabic phrases that will open much more doors for you as a tourist.

First, let me stress this out, this is NOT an Egyptian Arabic lesson, I’m not here to teach you the language or how to have a conversation in Arabic. I only want you to start the conversation and have some nice encounters with the reputably friendly Egyptians. So, we are sticking to simple, useful and easy to remember phrases only. With that being said, let’s get started!

A little background

The official language in Egypt is Modern Standard Arabic (No more Hyroglaphics!!). However, MSA is only spoken in the news (not even the popular talk shows just the news), and in some university lectures. The dialect spoken in the streets, in the movies and TV series is the Egyptian Arabic dialect. the Egyptian Dialect is very different from the Modern Standard Arabic. So, if you tried speaking MSA in the streets people would just laugh and don’t understand. It would be like trying to speak Old English or Latin.

They’re other languages spoken in Siwa and Nubia though. but these have very limited number of speakers.

The second thing I wanted to note is that Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic as a result, are like many other languages change the speech based on the gender and count of who’s talking and who’s being talking to. That’s why you might find 2 ways to say “sorry”; one if you are a man speaking and the other if you’re a woman.

Easy Egyptian Phrases

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YesAhآه

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YeahAywaأيوه

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NoLaawith a glottal stop at the endلأ

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OKtmamتمام

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OKmashyماشي

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May I?momken ?ممكن ؟

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Thank youshokranشكراً

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Hello , Hislamo aleikomliterally (peace be upon you) – The final M is usually not pronouncedسلام عليكم

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Byemaa el slamaمع السلامة

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Good morningsabah el kheerthe “kh” is like the “ch” in Loch Nessصباح الخير

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Good evening Masaa el kheer The first word ends with a glottal stop and the “kh” is like the “ch” in Loch Nessمساء الخير

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Please (speaking to a man)law samahtمن فضلك

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Please (speaking to a woman)law smahtiمن فضلكِ

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What’s up? , how are you (speaking to a man)izzayyakإزيّك

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What’s up? , how are you (speaking to a woman)izzayyekإزيِّك

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What’s up? , how are you (speaking to a group)izzayyokomإزيّكم

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Cheers (speaking to a man)fe sehetakفي صحتك

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Cheers (speaking to a woman)fe sehetek في صحتِك

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Cheers (speaking to a group)fe sehetkomفي صحتكم

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I don’t know maarafshمعرفش

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sorry ( If you’re a man)aasifآسف

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sorry ( If you’re a woman)aasifaآسفة

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I don’t understand ( If you’re a man)mesh fahemمش فاهم

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I don’t understand ( If you’re a woman)mesh fahmaمش فاهمة

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I don’t speak ArabicAna maraafsh atkalem arabiأنا معرفش أتكلم عربي

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