Egypt, as a destination, has gained popularity with tourist due to its hot, sunny weather and the diversity of its culture. There is a lot to see and do from visiting the pyramids, to spending whole days on the beaches of Sharm-el-sheikh.
If you’re thinking of traveling to Egypt, learning a few Egyptian Arabic survival words and phrases may be a good idea. It shows the locals that you’re courteous and you’re more likely to learn more about the country and its culture by communicating with people in their native language. You will be pleased to know that many Egyptians actually speak English so even if you don’t manage to learn much, you’re not likely to end up in an awkward situation where communication is impossible.
We will run through some of the main Egyptian Arabic phrases you’re most likely to use when going on holiday to Egypt.
We’ll start with single, easy and essential words like hotel and restaurant. In Egyptian Arabic:
hotel = fundoq
restaurant = mat’aam
Some other essential words include:
please = men-fadlak
sorry/excuse me = assef
Now we can move on to some essential phrases like when you go into a shop and wish to purchase something by saying:
How Much? = bekam?
If you’re lost and want to ask for your way round, you can use:
I want to go to… = Ayez arrouh ella…
where is…? = fein….?
can you take me to this address? = Hal yomken an takhozny ela haza alaonwan?
When you meet new locals and you wish to introduce yourself, use
my name is… = esmi…
To greet, you will want to use how are you = ez-zayyak (when addressing men)
how are you = ez zayyek? (when addressing women)
…and nice to meet you (Saadot belkak).
Another useful Egyptian Arabic phrases are:
I don’t speak arabic? = ma-batkallamsh arabi?
and I don’t understand = ana mish fahem
Finally you might want to know these phrases when you’re on your way back from Egypt and you need to find out what time your flight is. For this you can use:
when does the….arrive? = emta wussul…?
and when does the…leave? emta qiyam…?
So now that you know these Egyptian Arabic phrases, you should be able to take on Egypt on your travel. I hope you have a good time