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Tag Archives: Egyptian Arabic

September, 2014

  • 14 September

    Talking about your intentions (نية) in spoken Arabic

    Intentions In Arabic

    The easiest and most common way to talk about intentional actions is to use the word want (as you would in English). For example in the case of Egyptian: انا عايز or (past tense): كنت عايز + verb Or you could use a past + future construction to indicate a previous intention (I was going to). كنت +  ها Of course you could just use …

  • 9 September

    A mixture of good, evil and ruthless

    Zaki Shan

    Zaki Shan's one of my favourite Egyptian films. In this scene Zaki's just been fired from his job and his seriously stressed-out father comes to the rescue to try and get him his job back. As they're walking into the restaurant to see the boss, his dad asked him what kind of person the guy is to which Zaki gives a …

August, 2014

  • 30 August

    You stayed with me all night doing acrobatic moves


    I was just watching this scene from the Adel Imam movie called Zahaymer (زهايمر). The main character has dementia and starts forgetting the people around him, and in this particular scene, one of his mistresses calls him but he can't remember who she is. One term stuck out for me here: شقلباظ sha2labaz In this context it refers to an …