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For almost 13 centuries Arabic has been the written and spoken language of Egypt. Before the Arab invasion in AD 639, Coptic, the language descended from ancient Egyptian, was the language of both religious and everyday life for the mass of the population; by the 12th century, however, it had been totally replaced by Arabic, continuing only as a liturgical language for the Coptic Orthodox Church. Arabic has become the language of both the Egyptian Christian and Muslim. The written form of the Arabic language, in grammar and syntax, has remained substantially unchanged since the 7th century. In other ways, however, the written language has changed the modern forms of style, word sequence, and phraseology are simpler and more flexible than in classical Arabic and are often directly derivative of English or French.
Why not learn some useful Arabic phrases?
 

  • Common Expression
     

Yes: naam, aywa
No: la
Perhaps: yemken
Possibly: mumken
Impossible: mesh mumken
Necessary: daruri
Please: men fadlak (m.) men fadlik (f.)
Thank you: shukran
Your Welcome Ahlan beka اهلاً بك
Sorry/Excuse Me: assef
Good Morning: sabah el-kheir صباح الخير
Good Evening: masa el-kheir مساء الخير
Good Night tesbah ala kheir تصبح علي خير
Welcome: Marhaba
Goodbye: salam (peace)
My Name Is: esmi
My Name is Jena Ana esmi Jena اسمي جينا
What Is Your Name?: esmak eh? or Ma Esmok? ما اسمك؟
How Are You?: ez zayyak? (masc) ez zayyek? (fem)
Nice to Meet You Saadot belkak سعدت بلقائك
Today: en-nahar da
Tomorrow: bukra
Yesterday: imbarih
I Speak English: ana batkallem englizi
I Don't Speak Arabic?: ma-batkallamsh `arabi?
I Don't Understand: ana mish fahem
Do You Speak English?: int betetkalem inglizi?
Can You Help Me?: mumken tsaa'dni?
Information: istiilaamaat
What Time Is It?: el-saa kam?

Endearment
I Love You: Ana ohebak أنا أحبك
DAYS OF THE WEEK
Monday: el-etnein
Tuesday: el-talat
Wednesday: el-arbaa
Thursday: el-khamees
Friday: el-gumaa
Saturday: el-sabt
Sunday: el-had

Months of The Year
January: yanayer
February: febrayer
March: mares
April: abryl
May: mayu
June: yunya
July: yulyo
August: aghustus
September: september
October: octeber
November: november
December: december

SEASONS
Winter: sheta
Fall: kharif
Spring: rabiea
Summer: sseif

NUMBERS
One: wahed
Two: etnein
Three: talata
Four: arbaa
Five: khamsa
Six: sitta
Seven: sabaa
Eight: tamania
Nine: tesaa
Ten: ashaara
Fifty: khamsin
One Hundred: mia
Five Hundred: khams mia
One Thousand: alf
Village: qaria
Town: medina
Sea: bahr

AT THE HOTEL
Hotel: fundoq
Room: ghorfa
Key: meftah
Bathroom: hammam
Towel: futa, manchafa
Sheet: melaya
Blanket: Ghata
I Have Reserved A Room: Ana hagazt oda
The air conditioner is not working Al takeef la yaamal التكييف لا يعمل
How Much Does A Room Cost?: bi kam el-oda?
When does the swimming pool open? Mata yaamal hmam el sebaha متي يعمل حمام السباحة؟
Do you have an Internet Cafe? Hal ugad internet café? هل يوجد انترنت كافيه؟
I need room service Ahtag lekhedmet el ghoraf أحتاج لخدمة الغرف
I need a wake up call. Oreed an youkezny ahad أريد ان يوقظني أحد
Can someone get my luggage Hal youmken leahad an usaedny fe ehdar haqaeby? هل يمكن لأحد أن يساعدني في إحضار حقائبي؟
Do I have any messages? Hal laday ay rasael? هل لدي أي رسائل
I need maid service Oreed amelat nazafa اريد عاملة نظافة

AT THE RESTAURANT
Restaurant: mataam
Breakfast: fetar
Lunch: ghada
Dinner: asha
Water: mayya
Mineral Water: mayya maadania
Wine: nebite
Juice: assir
Glass: kas
Plate: tabaq
Bread: aish
Butter: zebda
Olives: zeitun
Cheese: jibna
Salad: salata
Vegetables: khodar
Meat: lahma
Chicken: dajaj
Fish: samak
Dessert: helu
Fruit: fakiha
Ice-Cream: ice cream
Coffee: ahua
Coffee Without Sugar: ahua sada
Fairly Sweet: mazbut
Very Sweet: ziada
Tea: shay
Sugar: sokkar
Milk: halib
Hot: sokhn
Cold: bared
Can you recommend a restaurant? Hal youmken an torasheh mataam? هل يمكن ان ترشح مطعم؟
Do you have beer? Hal ugad ladaykom beera? هل يوجد لديكم بيرة
May I Have The Tab, Please?: momken el-he-ssab men fadlak?
I need a table for four. Oreed trabeza Larbaat ashkhas أريد طرابيزة لأربعة أشخاص
May I have more ice, please? Hal le mazeed min al thalg? هل لي مزيد من الثلج؟

EMERGENCIES
Police: bolice
Fire Brigade: matafy/shurtat el-matafy
Infirmary: mashfa
Hospital: mustashfa
Pharmacy: ssaydaliya
Doctor: doctur

SHOPPING
I want to pay for this. Oreed an adfaa lehaza أريد أن ادفع لهذا
Can I pay in Euros? Hal yomkenny an adfaa bel Euro? هل يمكني ان ادفع باليورو؟
Can I Speak to your Manager? Hal yomkeny al tahadoth maa moderak? هل يمكني التحدث مع مديرك؟
Who is in charge? Man al Masoul? من المسئول
Do you take Master Card? Hal taqbaloun al taamol bel master card? هل تقبلون التعامل بالماستر كارد؟
Leave me alone Etrokny wahdy اتركني وحدي
May I have a Bottle of Water Please Hal yomken an aakhoz zogaget meyah? هل يمكن ان أأخذ زجاجة مياه؟
Bureau De Change: maktab el-sarf
Money: fuluss
I Would Like To Change Some Money: ayez asarraf fuluss
Change (Coins): fakka
Have You Any Change?: andokom fakka?
Price: el-taman
Where Can I Buy...?: fein mumken ashtari...?
How Much?: bekam?
How much does this cost? Bekam haza? بكم هذا؟
How Much Is This?: bi kam da
It's Too Expensive: ghali awi
A Little: shuaya
A Lot: keteer
That's Fine/Perfect: tamam
Baker: khabbaz
Grocer: baqqal
Butcher: gazzar
Butcher's house: Gezzara
Shop: mahal
Photographer's: mesauaraty
Bookshop: maktaba
Newspaper: journaal
Book: kitab
Jeweler: sayegh

MATERIALS
Gold: dahab
Silver: fadda
Iron: hadid
Bronze: bronz
Copper: nehas
Terracotta: fokhar
Silk:harir
Cotton: qotn
Synthetic: synthetic/polyester
Wool: souf
Glass: ezaz
Imitation: taqlead/taa-leed
Original: assli
Paper: waraq

COLORS
White: abiad
Black: asuad
Red: ahmar
Green: akhdar
Blue: azrak
Yellow: asfar
Orange: burtuqali
Pink: wardi
Purple: banafsegy


       

 
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