Monday, May 5, 2008

Getting Started

Hi welcome to Egyptian Arabic online lessons. Due to the popularity of my other blog Arabic Song Lyrics and Translation at arabicmusictranslation.com, I have launched this site to help readers use music to learn Egyptian Arabic dialect. Music is a great way to access colloquial Arabic because unlike newspapers and books, it is predominantly composed in colloquial Arabic, Egyptian being the most popular dialect to use. This allows users to hear the words as well as read them, and music is optimized for memorization. Moreover, the songs use a limited vocabulary, which allows one to access all the aspects of grammar and speech with out being bogged down by lots of new vocabulary.

Egypt is the largest speaking Arabic country and the Egyptian dialect has become widely known in the Arab world thanks to Egypt's movies and music. Thus, it is a useful dialect not just in Egypt, but in all Arabic speaking countries.

First I will make clear: I am not Egyptian. I was born in the United States and have been learning Arabic as a second language for a few years now. I don't claim to know everything about Arabic, let alone a dialect like Egyptian. This being said I will only publish content here that I am confident is accurate. I spent a short time in Egypt, but most of my knowledge of the Egyptian dialect was learned entirely through music, so you will see that you can learn a lot just from memorizing some songs and their meanings!

To use this site properly, one should have some knowledge of Standard Arabic and mastery of the Arabic alphabet. If you don't know the alphabet, don't give up! I have made some accommodations to help the motivated learner transition into using exclusively Arabic alphabet. The first lesson is intended for even beginners to be able to follow. Although the site is self-contained, A Dictionary of Egyptian Arabic by El-Said Badawi is an excellent reference for learning dialect, especially for understand the differences between colloquial and Standard Arabic.

In addition to the lessons, I will provide and continually update a "vocabulary" that contains important words and phrases.

This site is a blog, which means users can leave comments. If you have any comments or questions about the lesson or other related questions feel free to use the comment function to do so.

To begin learning Egyptian Arabic, click here to see the Egyptian ABCs!

56 comments:

Sahar said...

Mashallah,I have beeen trying to lean arabic for a couple of years and I can say your one heck of a talented teacher......:-)

Anonymous said...

alhamdoulilah! alf shukran ya ustaz

Anonymous said...

thanks for doing this!

Elsy said...

Salam ...!!!
I´m fan of the blogs I have mine also like one month ago I decided to study Arabic ... why? I don´t know ... but I search a bunch of things about this language, Today I´m very desperate because in my break time, in my free time , in my car everywhere I try to learn arabic now is like a goal in my live I can´t stop thinking about it haha lol (I´m not crazy) and the frustrate part is that I´m not improving anything also I feel I forget the beginning well I was thinking in desist
and then your blogs appear.... !! I hope that this help me so much and also I´m proud of your interest to teach others ... is admirable.
Have a nice weekend.
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Smahane said...

Fantastic how music can bring people speaking different languages together. Fantastic!

Olga said...

Dear Chris, just want to say MANY THANKS to you for these lessons! I know a bit egyptian dialect, and I have to tell you that have never seen so simple way of teaching arabic. I will recommend your blog to every fan of egyptian dialect.
I wish you every success in your doings! You brought together many people, and I believe it is just a beginning ;) Inshaallah
All the best from Moscow,,, Olga Z

Brian said...

Excellent idea - very well done!
a refreshing, innovative approach towards language-learning which can be fun.

I have been studying MSA and now Egyptian is revealed with the very useful reference to MSA throughout.

I haven't seen anything like this.

Many thanks

Brian Huebner
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www.langsites.com

Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for your blog! Have you found Arabic tv-series, or similar, online which have English subtitles? I just started looking but thought of asking... Don't have a satellite :-S Cheers, Henna

Anonymous said...

hey this is a great way of learning a language...genius :)
i bet you could expand on this by extracting vocabulary from TV shows and what not

Muhammed Sharfraz said...

Hey
Thanks a lot for such a site. I'm not an Arab, I'm a Sri Lankan who was doing a holiday around middle east. When I was in Egypt I managed to get some Arabic songs including Tamer Hosny's songs. I now love Arabic songs and Tamer Hosny's songs specially. Can you please explain me the meaning of the song Dayeb of Tamer Hosny???? Please

Sammy said...

I've just found this site and want to thank the author very much for this kind of nice idea! Bravo, bravo and bravo again!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm Giulia, from Italy. I'm happy I've found your blog... I'm learning bellydance so I would like to understand the songs ^^ Thank you for these lessons, I'm going to study them. I hope to learn something! Good night :)

Anonymous said...

shukran ya akhuya

Alba said...

Thank you.. , for doing this. Thanks SO much.

Anonymous said...

Salam!

I was wondering if you could post the lyrics and translation of Mira Awad's song "tayomro e-shita" (After the rain) Thank you very much for all you've done so far :) It really helps us! :D

Shukran,

Ramazan ALTINOK said...

Thank you very much for this excellent and innovative work.
I'have been learning Arabic for years.Now, I can understand classical Arabic nearly 100%. However, when it comes to songs and films, it sounds me as if they speak another language.
Your work is for non-natives incredibly helpful. Even with a few lessons, I begun to understand the lyrics of my favourite Arabic singers; Abdulhalim and Feiruz.
Thanks again for this great job
Dr. Ramazan ALTINOK, Ankara, Turkey

Anonymous said...

im from maldives this is a great blog about learning arabic songs.thansx Maldivian Songs

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I want to learn epyptian arabic but i don't know what the difference between egptian and regula arabic. also how long will it take to learn?

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ham3d said...

Do you have E-Book about different of Arabian and Egyptian dialect...? I need this one.

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Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,

I just found your Arabic songs lyrics and translation blog recently & what a great artwork. Really love it...I learned a lot of words from the song...wish to learn more & more from time to time..

Keep it up bro.. :)

lyric arabic Music said...

It's really good to know. My friend told me about the page and it gives me more and more insights about the overall page. Thanks for having it here!

Thanks so much for the information!

Rain_Drops said...

I'm having a blog on teaching Arabic through songs, most songs are Egyptian actually :)
http://haleldonia.blogspot.com/

There are some books about Egyptian dialect on 4shared that can be helpful too :)
http://www.4shared.com/dir/n_t9k7kY/Learn_Arabic_Through_English.html
There are many other books in the file
Levantine dialect which is very close to Egyptian
http://www.4shared.com/document/8BSwDVG1/Colloquial_Levantine_Arabic.htm

quran online said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I've been living in Cairo for over a year now and its only thanks to you that I'm starting to finally make some progress. Your love for the language is amazing, its very motivating!
I put your blog as a link on my Facebook!

Jelena said...

I'm just soo happy i found this blog :) I'm taking classes of egyptian arabic and these lessons are very usefull far now!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOOOOOVE your blog!!! The way you explain the meaning of words and connect it to Standard Arabic, it makes so much sense. Alf Alf Shukr ya Chris!

arabic lyrics said...

thanks for the lesson bro. why u dont posting newer lesson?

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Eu Brasil, Tu Egito = Nós Dubai said...

Hi Chris... wahlan!
hehehe i dont know arabic, just improving.
So i got married with a nice egyptian guy and i am realy desesparated to learn his language. This blog seems that will help me...
So i have blogs also and i could not find a way to follow you. Anyway, i'd like to know if you can help me in this matter...
my blog is brasilegito.blogspot.com and u can talk to me by crystyanef@gmail.com

I realy appreciated your blog. thanks a lot

Learn Arabic said...

Thanks to shear this website with us. I really want to learn Arabic language. I find it very useful.

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Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” True indeed, don’t you think? Life would be lonely and boring journey without the happiness music can bring to help uplift a sad feeling. Appreciate the value of music in your life.

emiemi said...

Hi Chris , Hi Everyone ,
I'm from Egypt and i was searching for places and centers in egypt for teaching arabic to non-native speakers , and i found this blog , so i was interested to see how arabic can be learned online , and all what i can say now is " GRAT JOB " and good luck to all of u , and i'm ready for any help or additional informations.
thx,
Emi.

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Anonymous said...

Hi! Cris!
I'm from Dubai! you have a fantastic website and the contents are superb that I learn Egyptian language easily.. I've been searching this lesson for over a year now, I finally found this studies not so hard to understand. I also love to listen to Arabic songs that somehow I understand. Thank you! Your Great!

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Ruby Walters said...

This looks like fun! I have been wanting to learn Arabic for so long because my husband's parents are from Algeria. Do you have any recommendation for some good Arabic games for learning?

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I would love to learn Egyptian Arabic, I am going soon and am very interested in the Arabic language and culture. I find it so beautiful and intriguing. Hope this website helps me on my exciting journey.
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