Friday , April 28 2017

How to say you speak or don’t speak a language in Egyptian Arabic

Today you're going to hear one way to say you speak or don't speak a language in Egyptian Arabic.

Sample sentences:

  • I speak Egyptian Arabic.
  • I don't speak German.
  • Do you speak English?

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About Donovan Nagel

I'm a language educator, blogger and translator with years of travel and language learning experience. I have a huge passion for language learning (especially Arabic!) and for helping to raise awareness of endangered minority languages around the world.

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  1. So the word 3amiya only applies to the Egyptian dialect? We would never say “3amiya s3udiya,” right? We use the term lahjah for all other dialects?

    • ‘lahja’ (لهجة) literally means ‘dialect’, whereas both ‘3amiya’ (عامية) and ‘darija’ (دارجة) refer to vernacular speech or slang (used across all dialects but ‘darija’ is much more common in the Maghreb (North African countries excluding Egypt where 3amiya is used far more frequently).

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