Egyptian Arabic is spoken by about 50 million people in Egypt as well as by immigrant Egyptian communities in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Egyptian Arabic is perhaps the most widely understood variety of Arabic, thanks to the popularity of Egyptian-made films and TV shows
Arabic was brought to Egypt by the Muslim conquest of 7th century AD. It was influenced by the Coptic language, a descendant of Ancient Egyptian which was spoken alongside Arabic until about the 17th century in parts of Egypt, and also by Turkish.
Cairene Arabic, the dialect of Egyptian capital, Cairo, is the most prestigious form of Egyptian Arabic, and is used in political cartoons, advertising, song lyrics and plays, and occasionally in informal correspondence and dialog in fiction. Modern Standard Arabic is used for other purposes.
Information about Egyptian Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel
الإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان، المادة الأولانية البني أدمين كلهم مولودين حرين ومتساويين في الكرامة والحقوق. إتوهبلهم العقل والضمير، والمفروض يعاملوا بعض بروح الأخوية.
El e3lan el 3alami le 72u2 el ensan, el band el awalani el bani2admin kollohom mawlodin 7orrin we metsawyin fel karama wel 7o2u2. Twahablohom el 3a2l wel damir, wel mafrud ye3amlo ba3dihom be ro7 el akhaweya.
’il-madda ’il-’awwalaniyya ’il-bani’admiin kulluhum mawluudiin ħurriin wi mitsawwyiin fil-karama wil-ħu’uu’. ’itwahab-luhum ’il-‘a’l wiḍ-ḍamiir wil-mafruuḍ yi‘amlu ba‘ḍ bi-ruuħ ’il-’uxuwiyya.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about Egyptian Arabic
Egyptian Arabic Online Learning Resource Center
Egyptian Arabic lessons and courses
Masri language - a proposal for writing Egyptian Arabic with the Latin alphabet
Online Egyptian newspaper
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