Wednesday , December 7 2016

Egyptian Arabic – to know or not know how to do something

There are various ways to tell someone you can or can't do something in Egyptian Arabic.

In this example, the native speaker uses the verb to know to talk about ability (in other words, "I know how to...").

As you'll see though, unlike English this can be used for both physical ability (as in the refrigerator example) and know-how (as in knowing how to fly a plane).

Sample sentences:

  • I can't lift the refrigerator.
  • You can fly the aeroplane.

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2 comments

  1. I really like these exercises. I think it would be good to have 8-10 example sentences to drive home the concept and build peripheral vocabulary.

    • Saalim, quite a few people have said the same thing so once we get the current batch of recordings finished and uploaded, all future posts will have a lot more examples.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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