|Egyptian Arabic Grammar|
This document is a concise reference to grammar for people who are learning the spoken arabic of Egypt. It is intended to be used alongside other study aids available free of charge at www.lisaanmasry.com.
If you want to see a wider range of examples of Egyptian Arabic, check out the Lonely Planet publication "Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook" by Siona Jenkins. It is a very useful pocket guide.
This document is made up of three main sections:
It is not difficult to learn to read and write in arabic, but it is an additional barrier to learning. Realistically, you are unlikely ever to see Egyptian Arabic in print: notices, packaging, adverts, web sites etc are written in Modern Standard Arabic. And if you want to read Arabic handwriting, that's a different ballgame altogether. An understanding of the Arabic alphabet can sometimes be useful, but it is by no means essential.
The examples in this document are therefore written in both arabic and roman letters. There are two ways of writing arabic using roman letters: the transliterated form tells you exactly how it would be written in arabic, and the pronounced form gives you an indication of how to pronounce it in european letters. For the pronounced form, I have chosen to write things how and english person would. My apologies to people whose first language is not english.
The pronunciation rules, the arabic alphabet and the transliterated and pronounced spelling are explained in the section on arabic writing and pronunciation
You can hear most of the examples by clicking on the button next to the example.
You can select whether you want to see the examples in either transliterated or pronounced form, and you can select whether you wish to see it also in arabic writing. You can control these options using the buttons at the start of each chapter.
You can also use the following keys: