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Egyptian Arabic (المصرية العربية) is mainly spoken in urban Egypt and has also gained a high degree of acceptance throughout the Arabic-speaking world because of its use in films.

Phonology Edit

The most obvious phonological difference between Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Arabic is that the latter pronounces the Arabic letter <ج> as "g" instead of the standard pronunciation <j> or <dj>.


Orthography Edit

Like all kinds of Arabic, it is written in Arabic abjad.

Common Pitfalls Edit

The Foreign Service Institute has classified Arabic as a "Super-Hard" language. It is estimated that learning Arabic to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 88 weeks (2200 class hours).[1]

Resources Edit

There is an introductory article on Egyptian Arabic .

Pimsleur offers a course in Egyptian Arabic.

References Edit

  1. U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning;