Learn Egyptian Arabic – Interesting Facts
You may already be aware of this, but Islam is the main religion of people in Egypt. Egyptians in average are quite religious people and they adhere to somewhat strict rules that you should be aware of. Religion is not only a big part of Egyptians daily lives; it is also greatly reflected in their culture and identity. As a visitor, you need to be aware of this.
Like most Muslim countries, Egyptians take Friday off as their weekend. This is due to the fact that in Islam it is an obligation for Muslims to visit the mosque on the Friday. Some companies however don’t open on Thursdays.
People in Egypt dress more “modestly” i.e. women and men cover up and showing too much flesh is not acceptable. If women wear skirts/dresses they make sure it’s below the knees if not the ankles. So that’s something to be aware of.
If you learn Egyptian Arabic, make sure you learn the word “bismillah” which means “in the name of God”. People in Egypt, and in Muslim countries in general, use this phrase before each meal time or before they do anything. Inshallah means “God willing” which a lot of Egyptians use as well as they consider everything is in God’s will. The more you know the better.
Here is a website which I used to learn Egyptian Arabic. It’s really good!
Learn Egyptian Arabic – More Facts For You
Cairo, the capital of Egypt, is considered to be the biggest city in the Middle East and Africa.
Even if you don’t learn Egyptian Arabic you shouldn’t have too many problems as both English and French are also spoken in Egypt. However the locals will love you if you know their language and dialect (they’ll give you free tea and sweets!!)
You’ll probably be glad to know that it doesn’t rain much in Egypt, the exception being a few times during the winter months.
Football is considered to be the most popular sport in Egypt.
The Egyptian film industry is the most active in the Middle East producing films/movies that are shown all across the Middle East making the Egyptian dialect the most popular out of the other Arab dialects. That alone is a good reason to learn Egyptian Arabic.
Don’t forget to check out this learn Egyptian Arabic website I used.