Learn Egyptian Arabic Words and Phrases

Learn Egyptian Arabic Words and Phrases

Learn Egyptian Arabic Words and Phrases

Egyptian Arabic, known by the locals as maSree (مصري), is the Arabic dialect spoken in Egypt with nearly 65 million native speakers of the language. Not only is it is largest of the spoken Arabic dialects, it is also probably the most well known dialect of all of the Arabic speaking countries because of the popularity of Egypt’s films, plays, music and television series throughout the Middle East.  One good reason to learn the Egyptian Arabic is that, if you’re trying to learn Arabic language dialects, most people throughout the region will understand you when you learn to speak Arabic in the Egyptian dialect.


We’ve compiled this list and organized it all nice and neat for you in the chart below to get you started.

English Transliteration Egyptian Arabic اللغه المصريه الحديثه
Welcome ʼahlan wa sahlan أهلاً و سهلاً
Hello issalaamu ʻaleekum    wa ʻaleekum-ssalaam ʼahlan wa sahlan
ʼahlan beek 
ʼahlan
السّلام عليكم وعليكم السّلام
أهلاً و سهلاً أهلاً بيك أهلاً
How are you? m – ʼizayyak 
f – ʼizayyik
pl – ʼizayyukum 
m – ʻaamil eh? 
f – ʻaamlah eh? 
pl – ʻaamleen eh? 
إزّيّك؟ إزّيّك؟ إزّيّكُم؟ عامل إيه؟ عاملة إيه؟ عاملين إيه؟
Responses to “How are you?” m – kuwayyis, ilHamdu-lilaah. wi ʼinta?
f –kuwayyisah, ilHamdu-lilaah. wi ʼinti?

كويّس، الحمد لله. وإنتَ؟ كويّس، الحمد لله. وإنتِ؟
What’s your name? m – ‘ismak eh? 
f – ‘ismik eh? 
إسمك إيه؟ إسمك إيه؟
My name is … ismee …  اسمي…
Where are you from? m – ‘inta mineen?
f – ‘inti mineen?
إنت منين؟ إنتِ منين؟
I’m from … ana min …  أنا من …
Pleased to meet you. furSah saʻeedah 
ana alasʻad 
فرصة سعيدة أنا الأسعد
Good morning.

SabaaH-ilkheerSabaaH-nnoor صباح الخير صباح النّور
Good afternoon, Good evening. misaaʼ-ilkheer
 misaaʼ-nnoor
مساء الخير مساء النّور
Good night. tiSbaH ʻala kheer
  wi inta min ahluh 
تصبح على خير وأنت من أهله
Goodbye maʻ issalaamah 
baay
مع السّلامة باي
Good luck! haDH saʻeed حظ سعيد!
Bon appetit! bilhana wi-shifa!
 allah yhanneek
allah yhanneeki
بالهنا و الشفا! الله يهنّيك الله يهنّيكِ
Bon voyage! trooH wi teegee bissalaamah!
 allah ysallimak
allah ysallimik
تروح و تيجي بالسّلامة! الله يسلّمك الله يسلّمِك
I understand m – ʼana fahim 
f – ʼana fahmah 
أنا فاهم أنا فاهمة
I don’t understand la ʼafham
m – ʼana mish fahim
f – ʼana mish fahmah
لا أفهم أنا مش فاهم أنا مش فاهمة
I don’t know maʻrafsh  معرفش
Please speak more slowly mumkin titkallim birraaha ممكن تتكلّم بالرّاحة
Please say that again m – mumkin tiʼool taanee?
f – mumkin tiʼoolee taanee?
ممكن تقول ثاني؟ ممكن تقولي ثاني؟
Could you write it down? m – mumkin tiktubuh?
f – mumkin tiktubeeh?
ممكن تكتبه؟ ممكن تكتبيه؟
Do you speak Arabic? m – bititkallim ʻarabee?
f – bititkallimee ʻarabee?
بتتكلّم عربي بتتكلّمي عربي
How do you say … ʼizzaay aʼool …?  إزّاي أقول …؟
Excuse me m – ʼan ʼiznak
f – ʼan ʼiznik 
pl – ʼan ʼiznuku
عن إذنك! عن إزنك! عن إزنكوا!
How much is this? bikaam da?  بكم ده؟
Sorry m – ʼaasif 
f – ʼaasifah 
آسف! آسف!
Please law samaht  لو سمحت
  Thank you shukran
mutshakkreen 
shukran gazeelan
ﺷﻜﺮﺍ متشكّرين ﹰ ﺷﻜﺮﺍﹰ جزيلا
Reply to thank you ʻafwan  عفواً
Where’s the bathroom? ilHammaam fain? الحمام فين؟
This gentleman will pay for everything irragil ilmuHtaram Hayidfaʻa kull haaga الراجل المحترم هايدفع كل حاجة
Would you like to dance with me? m – tiHib tirʼuS maʻaayah?
f – tihibi tir ʼuSee maʻaayah ?
تحب ترقص معايا ؟ تحبي ترقصي معايا ؟
I love you m – ʼana baHibbak 
f – ʼana baHibbik
ٲنَا بحِبَّك ٲنَا بَحِبِّك
Leave me alone! sibeenee-lwaHdee! سيبني لوحدي!
Help! ilHaʼnee!  الحقني!
Fire! Hareeʼ حريق!
Call the police! ʼittiSl bil bulees إتّصل بالبوليس!
Birthday greetings m – kull sanah w ʼinta Tayyib
f – kull sanah w ʼinti Tayyibah
m – w ʼinta Tayyib
     f  w ʼinti Tayyibah
كل سنة و إنت طيّب كل سنة و إنت طيّب و إنت طيّب و إنت طيّب
Happy Eid ʻeid saʻeed عيد سعيد  
Happy Ramadan ramadhaan kareem رمضان كريم

(m= masculine, f = feminine, pl = plural, inf = informal, and rsp = response)


The list of words and phrases provided in the chart above should provide you with a good start should you want to learn basic Arabic words and phrases in the Egyptian dialect.

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