Frequently Asked Questions
What are some new Egyptian movies worth watching?
It's been soooo long since i ve seen a good Arabic movie in the cinema... so have any of you seen a good one lately?
@ Luv Rulz..... Rabena yewafa2ak.
Wara2et Shafra.. its funny and entertaining.
Waraqet Shafra (literally: Code Paper) comes from the creators of the infamous amateur parody Regaal la Ta’ref al Mostaheel (Men of the Impossible), with supporting roles by one or two shooting stars in the Egyptian film scene and many cameos.
The title sounds as a wordplay on “waraqet bafra” –tobacco rolling paper, which is associated in Egypt with smoking cannabis.
A well-known archaeologist is murdered and the physical legacy he leaves behind is a private library with a large collection of books. He is survived by his grandson, Fayez.
Only upon a visit by a friend of the now-murdered archaeologist, who makes an unsolicited bid to purchase the latter’s library, Fayez finds about a secret message his grandpa had concealed there for him.
The plot revolves around this secret, which turns out to be an encrypted manuscript, and the film moves on to relate the story of Fayez and his two friends and university mates, Bedeir and Ismael, and their attempts to decipher the manuscript.
This takes them back and forth in time and place and gets them involved in another murder and chased by a gang devising schemes for them.
Unlike their spoofing debut, the film belongs to comedy adventure teen movies, a genre that is quite new to the Egyptian film scene, but also with historical and sci-fi streaks and more of the filmmakers’ trademark parody scenes from a mainly Egyptian repertoire.
The title is thought to be metaphoric, alluding to the young men as ‘mystified’ people who lead a life of ‘illusions’.
What country should I immerse myself in order to learn Arabic?
I want to live in an Arabic speaking country in order to learn the language. What Middle Eastern country do you recommend? I need one that is friendly with foreigners and tourists.
I agree with Ronnie's answer.
One thing, though, that should be considered is what you plan on using the language for. Are you trying to learn arabic in order to acquire a job in business or something else in foreign relations? If that's the case then Ronnie is absolutely correct and you need to learn 'fus-ha'. Which is a standardized version of arabic that is used in everything from college essays, to news broadcasts on networks like al jazeera, or al irraqiya.
However, if you're trying to learn a dialect of arabic that will enable you to simply communicate and speak the language for recreational purposes, then you may consider living in Egypt. Egyptian dialect is the most widely understood dialect due to the fact that arabic pop culture largely stems from egypt. Most arabic movies and TV shows are filmed in egypt and use egyptian dialect. When speaking socially with arabs you will rarely find a conversation being spoken in 'fus-ha'. It would almost (but not quite) be like finding english speaking people talking to each other in an extremely proper, almost old-english sort of way..... At least that's the closest I can come to describing it.
Anyway, if you're looking for a safe place with great hospitality then I would strongly suggest Jordan... but that's just me.
What does egyptian Arabic sound to the rest of the Arabs?
I know there are different dialects in Arabic and I was wonderig what Arabs thought of Egyptian Arabic? Is it a dialect that sounds nice? Is it soft? Is it easy to understand? And which dialect in all the Arabic speaking counties sounds the best?
well, to me as a saudi arabian person, i think the egyptian dialect sounds just fine to the rest of the arabs. As a matter of fact more than 90% of the arabic movies are coming from Egypt, thus you rarely find individuals whom not from Egypt not familiar with this dialect!
In general, the egyptian spoken dialect sounds a bit rough/hash comparing to the rest.... I think lebanese dialect is the sweetest!! its really soft and smooth.
All the arabic dialects are easy to understand if you're an arab.... but if you aren't, then it might take you ages to familiarize yourself with all these different dialects.
Hope this helps
Do they show American movies in Egyptian cinemas?
Or is just Arabic movies?
yes they show American movies in egypt but after they're shown in America
What is the best way to begin learning Arabic?
I am intrigued by the language itself. I know there are many different dialects, and that there is standar Arabic. I'm planning to learn standard, and the most common dialect.
What's the best way to begin? I don't have the money for rosetta stone, so anything else will help.
Standard Arabic, by taking classes or getting a tutor or native speaker to teach you.
The most common dialect is Egyptian because well Egypt is the most populated Arabic country, and also most media such as TV shows, movies, music, are centered in Egypt, and most of the Arabic world understands it.
How long would it take to learn fluent Arabic?
For someone who knows the Arabic alphabet, a few words and phrases.... How long would fluency take? And what Arabic-learning course would you suggest?
I'm Canadian and non-Muslim, non-Arab and I'm learning Arabic.
I'm about where you are with my learning, numbers, letters, a few phrases. It will probably take a very long time to learn, since like english, there are many different ways to say the same things, and there are many different dialects to choose from.
If you're willing to learn egyptian dialect only, it would be easier. Most movies are made in egypt, a lot of the music comes from there and most of the books/tapes are made for that dialect. If you want to learn Formal Arabic (like I do)...good luck. Although most Arabic speakers will know it, they will constantly revert to their dialect without meaning to. The person I'm learning Arabic for (for lack of a better way of putting it) is Iraqi, but my instructor is Lebanese. So I get on the phone with "Guess what I learned?!" and I hear "That's not exactly right..."
If you can go to Berlitz for a month, I think you'd be done in a flash. LiveMocha (.com) is free but doesn't currenlty have enough people wanting to learn Arabic to offer classes, although it will set you up with native Arabic speakers (maybe if enough people will join they'll do lessons? Maybe some of you Arab speaker could offer to help design lessons?) Rosetta Stone is supposedly good, but I haven't tried it.
If you're Muslim, many mosques will offer instruction. I don't know if they are open for non-Muslims. I currently attend a secular class, but it is just a beginner, and I will have to find someone to teach me after that.
You can try your local university. You may be able to find an Arabic speaker who will tutor you one-on-one. Students are generally poor, and if they've immigrated, they may welcome the chance to make friends with someone local. You could offer some $ and tours around the area as compensation for the lessons.
Good luck to you. Since we're in similar situations, I'd love to know how things go with you and to share tips. Inshallah we will be both soon learn all we wish to know.
where can i watch egyptian arabic movies online with english subtitles?
just learning arabic through movies i think its the easiest and best way
unfortunately their is no website have English subs for Arabic movie, but their is some movies which have won some awards (so they are good movies) and they have English subtitles .. here some of them :
Microphone : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCH5_UzACNQ
Tow girls from Egypt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcJ5DCotpRA
Salah Aldin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUfkGMX5uqg (classic)
Boltia El-ayma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng8syljCUrs
Shams el Zanaty : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MfEoagtnqg (classic)
Lyly : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hfmo_6DiF8 (this movie is banned from the Egyptian tv)
finish those and send ask for more
How different are the Arabic dialects from MSA?
I plan to start Arabic soon in college which means they'll teaching MSA. I want to learn the Maghreb (specifically Moroccan), Egyptian, and Gulf (specifically Iraqi) dialects. How different are they from MSA? I know that the Maghreb could be hard to understand but I am learning French also so would that help me with it? About how long would it take to learn them? After say, 4 semesters of classes would i be able to understand any of the dialects?
Modern Standard Arabic
MSA is the dialect used all across the Arabic-speaking countries for news, government, and business. No one is actually a native speaker of MSA but since it is the standardized dialect, it has the clearest pronunciation and fewer exceptions to grammar rules. It's also really easy to practice listening because all you have to do is go on one of the news websites and stream a broadcast. If you speak MSA to an Arabic person who is educated, then they'll probably be able to understand you...but it won't help you that much in understanding the dialects when people are speaking to you because they use a lot of words differently than in MSA, and usually pronounce a few letters differently.
Egyptian dialect is probably the next frequently understood, because a lot of movies and music come out of Egypt. The big pronunciation difference from MSA is that they say the J sound like it is a G, and they do not pronounce the Q sound like a hamza (glottal stop)
Levantine dialect is fairly similar to MSA. There are still some differences, but I would say that this is the easiest to figure out if you only know MSA.
Iraqi dialect often pronounces the K sound like a G, and they conjugate verbs a little differently also.
Maghreb is definitely the most different from the other dialects, since Morocco is at the Northern tip of Africa and has always been a crossroads from Europe. There's a lot of influence from French, Spanish, Berber, and other languages. Knowing French will help, but it will still probably be the most difficult to figure out without taking lessons.
I would suggest that after you start to feel comfortable with MSA, pick out one dialect at a time and listen to some tapes of it so you can get used to the different sounds and the most common grammar/vocabulary differences.
Good luck...it's a really interesting language!
What is the most clear Arabic dialect to learn?
I am interested in learning Arabic, after mastering this language, i would like to learn it with a dialect that is the most clear and beautiful to ears. I am going between Saudi, Egyptian and Lebanese dialects... but please help me out here, i have no clue at all!
The Egyptian is the most spread due to Egypt's media influence(movies,TV shows....),followed by Lebanese,which is like french among latin languages,Jordanian is the most clear and very closed to written arabic due to the influence of the desert's nomads
I recently read about a film depicting homosexuality in Egypt?
Viewers of the movie claimed there are no homosexuals in Egypt, nor in any Arab Country. Is denial so common that they truly believe this?
This was no the first occasion of this. The President of Iran stated the same thing.
Nobody can truly believe that nor do I know any Arab who denies homosexuality. I know 2 homosexuals in Egypt. One is a Christian the other is a Muslim. I know of one gay boy who lives in Saudi Arabia, and another man in Lebanon who has just come out to his parents.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran is not an Arab, and Iran isn't an Arabic country. He said "There are no gays in Iran like there are in America", meaning that policies and etc. mean homosexuality isn't practiced in Iran in the same way that it is practiced in America. Yes, there are gays in Iran and also Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a bit crazy. Iran is messed up!
What happened in Egypt concerning the offensive movie? American sources don't make any sense?
I am fluent in Arabic, so if you want to type your opinion in Arabic, please do so (be 7iruf 3arabiya ow ingaliziya)
Thanks in advance
I don't blame the US and I don't blame the west or any one else, the COPTIC Christians of north America were the one behind it and framed it on the US government. they did it purposely. Now they are hiding and trying to blame it on an American producer and a redneck pastor!
This movie was engineered by Coptic Christians of North America to create maximum hatred as possible. They use their hives in north America in a prolong cyber and media warfare on the Muslims of Egypt. It is not a new thing. It just exploded yesterday.
Only the copts and Maronite and the middle east Christians have the knowledge and the language to know how to inflame Muslims. Americans, westerners are simply dragged in something they don't know! They are framed and used by them. It is not like we don't know what is going on! 99% of the trolls here in Egypt section are simply coptic or Maronite living on US welfare and having a long time to waste and burn online.
Even in Egypt we see this a lot. The populations is getting frustrated with this minority which controls 40% of the economy, yes copts controls 40% of the Egyptian economy. Launching their hate attacks from Europe and north America. Killing 66 Egyptian soldiers in December of 2011. Working hardly in all espionage tasks in Egypt.
How long would it take to learn egyptian arabic and how easy is it?
My first language is English but my familys from egypt and i really want to learn fluent egyptian arabic to impress my dad. And also because in about a year we're all going to egypt together to see my family and i want to be able to communicate with every one. I already know some words. what are some effective ways to learn a new language?
@manoofgen. no, i dont mind at all, the longer, the better!!
@imperfection is beauty: haha xD
Do you mind posting a long answer? Because I have A LOT to say about that. It's okay if not though, I can try to sum it up for you!
Edit: SHOOT! After typing a very long post, I closed the tab by mistake. Anyway, I will give it another shot because I promised.
- Arabic could be hard basically because of a couple of reasons:
1. English is Germanic and Arabic is Semitic (different language families). Meaning, they are very different concerning sounds and grammar etc. It's good that you know some words, and it would be even better if you can articulate the sounds. If you heard Arabic a lot before the age of ten, you would be able to do that.
2. In English you can write what you speak, but in Arabic they are almost completely different languages. If you learn colloquial Arabic, you won't be able to read, However, if you learn what we call Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), you will be able to read but not your spoken language will sound awkward to people or even incomprehensible.
- It's really hard to tell though, because some people tend to be better with languages than others. If you just want to communicate with others, you will just need to learn colloquial Arabic which is much easier. One reason is that the grammar of the spoken Arabic is much less complicated. Actually, I am much better at English grammar than Arabic.
- Now let me talk about how to learn Arabic. There are essentially two methods that go hand in hand. The first one is "indulgence" or "immersion". The second is studying. You probably know that there are different regional dialects, so when you get a language book (which is not a very effective method); make sure it's written in Egyptian Arabic,
-Anyway, there are four skills you need to work on to learn any language. Listening, speaking, reading and writing. Listening and reading are receptive or input and speaking and writing are output. You need to focus more on the input, especially listening. Her are some tips on each of them:
1. Listening: It basically to store the language in your mind. You need to hear and listen to Arabic. Don't just do one of them. If you just hear. the process will take forever. If you just listen you will be frustrated, because you might not understand. Listen something that you find interesting like music or something. Watching movies is very good too. When you listen try to compare between the sounds of English and Arabic. Focus on one sound at a time and try to change it.
2. Speaking: Practising what you listen won't make you forget it. Don't be embarrassed to even say a telegraphic speech with poor grammar. Learning language needs patience, which is why girls could be better at.
3. Reading: You won't need that that much if you are learning colloquial Arabic. At least try to read the transliteration that we write here.
4. Writing: That might not be that important either, But if you are a visual learner, you will find it useful. Flash cards are good too.
- Finally, don't evaluate yourself too much, you don't always notice your progress. Egyptians love to help, so make advantage of them! Feel free to ask for questions. Good luck!
Is the Arabic that the Egyptians speak different then what the saudi arabia speak?
I want to learn Arabic so when i visit Egypt i can communicate with them and also I’m crazy about Egypt have been sense i was a kid it all started when my elementary teacher made us watch a movie on king tut and i been obsess ever senses with present Egypt and ancient.
Yes it is. Each Arabic country has its own accent,but Arabs can understand each other.
If you want to visit Egypt,you can learn the Egyptian accent only.If you want to communicate with all Arabs from the 24 countries,learn the standard Arabic. Egyptians will understand you when you speak standard Arabic and you'll understand them when they speak it.If you're going to stay in Egypt,then you'll pick their accent easily and in this case you'll be able to speak standard Arabic and the Egyptian accent.
Note: some Arabs understand standard Arabic but can't speak it fluently.That's why it's important to learn the standard language and an accent that you choose afterwards.
Does Anyone Know How Safe It Is To Travel In Egypt?
My family is going to Europe this summer for vacation, but before we reach Europe, we stop at Egypt for 2 days. My friend, who is Egyptian keeps saying that I will get robed, and pick pocketed in Egypt. My family is probably only going to go to the tourist sites, and stay at the hotel. So I was wondering how safe is Egypt really?
I was in Egypt last summer and I never got robbed or anything.. people do stare at you they know you are a tourist but I did not encounter anything bad while I was there. I was there for a month and had a great time.. Egypt is safe there is so many places to go shopping, there is so much to see as well It was a great experience.Try and learn a little bit of arabic to get around.. just be aware that it is a middle eastern country do not wear shorts, skirts, or muscle shirts.. people will stare at you. Another thing if you go with your spouse do not hug eachother in public let alone kiss however holding hands is acceptable.
there are alot of places to go I would like to recommend going to a mall name
City Stars it is a huge mall it has 7 floors and a movie theatre, khanen khalili is a market where most tourist go and there is so much to buy, giza ofcourse where the pyramids are, also if you love coffee they have starbucks but you should try a cafe called Costa Cafe, the nile river, and lastly if you go to Alexandria which is like 3 hours away from Cairo they have the beach 😀
I hope that this answered your question
Have a great day!
Difference between Egyptian Arabic and Arabic spoken in other countries?
I'm trying to learn to speak Arabic but mostly Egyptian Arabic since I'll be moving there soon.
I've been learning Arabic from books so far, but I was recently told that Egyptian Arabic is different. How different is Egyptian Arabic and how can I learn to speak Egyptian Arabic, since my goal is to communicate with people once I move there.
its like the difference between British english accent and American english accent..
in Egypt we speak Arabic but in Egyptian accent,every Arab country has its own accent,some are alike like most Gulf countries.. if you are not from Gulf you wont tell the difference.. same as Syria,Lebanon,Palestine..
Egyptian Arabic is the most easy accent to learn due to media,movies,songs...etc.. many Arab countires can speaks it..
as for you its easy to learn it when you come and interact with people.. people are so friendly and they are best teachers!
How do different Arab dialects differ?
For example, can someone from Lebanon understand someone from Egypt easily? Or is it really that different? How can a dialect change the language? I know this may seem like a dumb question but I would love for someone to explain it a little better. Thanks!
Basically it is the same as any other language in that the language has it's native land where it originated and then branches out and gets influenced by other sources. Over time the people end up speaking with varying pronunciations which makes for different accents and even different grammar and vocabulary which makes for different dialects.
The major dialect groups are:
Egyptian Arabic: Egyptian Arabic is the most widely understood because of Egyptian films and television and also because it is the closest to the written form of Arabic.
Maghrebi Arabic: This includes Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sahara. This is probably the most difficult to understand if you speak a Middle Eastern dialect. It also has a degree of influence from Berber language.
Mesopotamian Arabic or North Mesopotamian: spoken in parts of Iraq and northern Syria and also southern Turkey and Northwestern Iran.
Levant Arabic: This dialect is spoken in Lebanon, southern part of Syria, Jordan, and Palestine and also Cyprus.
Gulf Arabic: Spoken primarily in Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and part of Saudi Arabia
The aforementioned colloquial dialects are usually not written. And without the common dialect of MSA, it would be impossible for many nations to communicate.
MSA or Modern Standard Arabic (also called Formal Arabic or Literary Arabic) is the unitary or common dialect of Arabic. Anyone who reads and writes Arabic would understand and speak this. It is important to note the pronunciation of it would still vary depending on where the speaker is from (their accent). There is also the dialect of Arabic which is the language used in the Quran. Both Quranic Arabic and MSA are referred to as al-fuṣḥā (الفصحى) (Classical or 'The most eloquent') although most western scholars make the distinction between the two.
To answer your example question: someone from Lebanon would easily understand an Egyptian dialect speaker because as stated above Egyptian is close to the written form and also because chances are the Lebanese person probably watched TV or movies that used Egyptian dialect. Conversely the same person from Lebanon would have a difficult time understanding someone from Algeria, for example.
Which arab country has the best cinema, what are any good modern arabic films ?
i wanna know some good arabic films, not romantic stuff, something artistic or maybe about crime etc. any help ?
First off, Iran is not an Arab nation. If you're looking for Middle Eastern movies in general, then you can go ahead and include Iran. That aside, Egypt by far has had the best (and still does) reputation for producing films throughout the Arab world. Because of the popularity of Egyptian cinema, most Arabs (at least of the older generation) are able to understand the Egyptian dialect. One of my favorite films is called the Yacoubian Building which is one of the highest budgeted films in the Arab world and explores various social issues in modern Egypt.
Where can i find a digital video stabilizer here in egypt?
You know that thing u hook up between the vcr and the dvd recorder to eliminate macrovision signals...that prevent recording commercial vhs tapes
I have al lot of old disney vhs tapes in arabic and i believe they are extremely rare and if i wish to buy them they would cost alot so i bought a dvd recorder to transfer the movies but the recorder wouldn't record because it detected the macrovision protection on the tapes i goggled the web and found i had to buy a video stabilizer to intermediate between the dvd recorder and the vcr and help me bypass the macrovision
Soo can i find one here in egypt
And if u don't know do u know any electronics Geek that i could ask for assistance here in egypt
I hope for a more detailed answer
Should I learn to read Arabic first or to speak?
I want to learn Arabic. Should I learn to read and write it first? Or should I learn to speak it first?
I don't care about prices, I already have the class papers in my hand, soo... Speak or read & Write first?
I think you should read and write first. That would make it easy to read newspapers and books which would strengthen your vocabulary. Newspapers and books are written in classical arabic which you need to know as a foundation.
You won't be able to speak without knowing classical arabic. Regardless of which dialect you choose.
The problem with speaking is that every country has it's own dialect. We all write in classical arabic but we don't speak it. The difference is similar to that of Shakespearean English and regular spoken English.
Personally, when it comes to speaking, I'd recommend Egyptian Arabic simply because Egypt is the Hollywood of the middle east and so you'd be able to tune into movies and songs etc.
I hear a lot of complaints from other middle easterners about how they don't understand the movies.
That said, Saudi Arabian Arabic is the closest dialect to classical arabic and would probably be easier to learn. Egyptian is probably a little more difficult because we say things completely differently. Lebanese is almost the same way.
Just a side note- everyone will understand you if you speak in classical arabic. It's just not done these days so actually by writing and reading first, you will be able to communicate with Arabs until you get a hold of a dialect.
Hope that helped!
Where the Ancient Egyptians Dark & Light Brown Skinned or were they White?
I get so confused sometimes, I know that Ancient Egyptians were Native Africans but I everyone keeps putting their point of view out. In movies Ancient Egyptians are portrayed as being white, and the only T.V production that has Black people as Egyptians is Michael Jackson's "Remember the time.
They are still the same composition-the Ancient and Modern Egyptians are Arab Semitic White-65% of the population, 30% Black Nubians-Kemitians-Sudanese/some Nilotics, Black/Arab mixes-Hamites-50%-50%, and Berbers and Moors(up to 15% Black heritage/mostly Arab Semitic White/some Indo European Aryan White), and 5% all other ehnicities.
The Middle Easterners whom are Arab Semitic White(ancient and modern Egyptians are Arab Semitic White),and, generally have olive(golden brown) skin color,dark hair, and eyes-being Caucasian, a small percentage runs the same gamut as Indo European Aryan Whites. Arabs and the Southern Europeans are often mistaken for each other.Genetic tests on the Ancient Egyptian mummies and Modern Egyptians say yes, Egyptians, both Ancient and modern, are Arab Semitic White. They were Arab Semitic White since 5000 B.C.(contrary to popular misconception, Arabs were present BEFORE Islam)-Afro centrists often attempt to portray the Black Nubian-Sudanese-Kemetian slaves as the Ancient Egyptians- before that, the, region was populated by Blacks, most were driven out or assimilated through rape and consensual unions-there were indeed Black Nubian Pharoahs whom ruled from about 800-700 B.C.-helpful links:
Egypt is and was 65% Arab Semitic White, 30% Black/Arab Semitic White mixes-Hamites are now considered around a 50%-50% mix-i.e.-the late Anwar Sadat, models- Iman, Lila Kebedde, and Arab (Soul Train), all had Arab Semitic White fathers and Black mothers. Berbers and Moors are essentially Arabs with 8-15% Black heritage.5% are from all other ethnic groups.If you start in Northern(Lower Egypt) and move south towards Southern(Upper) Egypt, it is mostly Arab Semitic White, than gradually becomes more mixed with Black becoming increasingly more predominate(Egypt annexed part of Black Nubia in 1521 B.C. to make up its lower south western corner). As you move into Sudan(50% Arab-50% Black) , it becomes more Black. Sudan is part of Arab North Africa(1/3 of Africa). Ethiopia and Somalia are each 1/3 Arab and 2/3 Black.
NOTE: There is NO such thing as a Black Arab. People confuse Nationality and ethnicity. There are Black Egyptians like there are Black Germans, but there are NO Black Indo European Aryan Whites, like there are NO Black Arab Semitic Whites.There are ONLY mixes as mentioned above. The News media often perpetuates this misconception by calling the Janjaweed of Sudan, Black Arabs. These are Black Sudanese whom turned against their own Black ethnicity, and, accepted Islam, learned Arabic, and accepted Arabic customs, much as if they accepted Cathlocism, learned German, and accepted Indo European Aryan customs
Egypt was the crossroads of many cultures ,and, probably has one of the most diversified populations on the planet.All pharoahs were known for their fertility-Rhamses II fathered over one hundred children from women of all ethnic backgrounds-we can dream cann't we, guys.
For those who claim Cleopatra was Black, thousands of busts, drawings, paintings, and other likenesses(i.e.-coins) of her, along with written descriptions of her, from that time period, exist.One look and you can tell she is NOT Black(did not say she was Semitic White/White either-she is Greek(Indo European White),but definitely, not all ,if any, Black either), although she may possibly have some Black ancestry. Her half sister was half White(Greek)-half Black.
The scholars seem to agree: Cleopatra was the last in a line of Ptolemies–Macedonian Greeks(Whites)–who ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great in 305 B.C. until Antony’s defeat in the battle of Actium in 31 B.C. The Ptolemies, as was the custom, were an incestuous, intermarrying peoples (to preserve the royal bloodline),also often having relations with the courtiers and concubines who filled their palaces. Many of the children born of these unions were given a place in the royal lineage despite being illegitimate, the secret unspoken.
Many believe that Cleopatra’s father was the product of such a union–his mother may have been a concubine from Nubia(Black) or Alexandria(White). Lending credence to this theory is the fact that Cleopatra’s bond to the people of Egypt seemed greater than those of her Ptolemic ancestors, who aligned themselves culturally and linguistically with Greece.
The Badari are actually a hybrid of Black(Nubian)/Arab Semitic White- Mulattos-Hamites whom predominated in Southern Egypt.
Numerous anthropological studies were performed on Badarian crania after two successful excavations conducted in the mid- to late-1920s. The usual result was that the Badarians were African ***HYBRIDS***(emphasis mine). Notably in 1971 Physical Anthropologist Eugen Strouhal re-analyzed over a dozen independent scientific studies (a couple of which were his own) performed previously and summarized their results to arrive at a similar conclusion: "mixture of races." Recent re-analyses of previous studies, including Professor Strouhal's paper, reveal that only West and South African skulls were included in the baseline for a determination of "true n*egro" though, while the typically elongated East African skull forms were disregarded, assumed not to indicate true blacks. Some recent studies additionally suggest a modal metric phentoype in Badarian crania that is much more similar to the Tropical African series than to the various other samples studied.
Near the end of his paper (1971), Professor Strouhal further enumerated several archaeological studies that suggest a migration of culture, practice and belief from African regions located to the west and south of the Badarian sites. Strouhal's work is noted in a 2005 study of the Badari which concluded: "The Badarians show a greater affinity to indigenous Africans while not being identical. This suggests that the Badarians were more affiliated with local and an indigenous African population than with Europeans. It is more likely that Near Eastern/southern European domesticated animals and plants were adopted by indigenous Nile Valley people without a major immigration of non-Africans. There was more of cultural transfer.":
A better question is why do Black Nubians always try to claim Arab achievements as their own?
Diodorus Siculus as well as the Ethiopans indicate the Egyptians are different from the Ethiopians whose armies occupied Egypt for a short time until the Arabs drove them out."They [the Ethiopians] say also that the Egyptians are colonists sent out by the Ethiopians, Osiris ["King of Kings and God of Gods"] having been the leader of the colony . . . they add that the Egyptians have received from them, as from authors and their ancestors, the greater part of their laws." Diodorus's declared intention to trace the origins of the cult of Osiris, alias the Greek Dionysus also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus. The Homeric Hymn locates the birth of Dionysus in a mysterious city of Nysa "near the streams of Aegyptus [Egypt]" (Hesiod 287). Diodorus cites this reference as well as the ancient belief that Dionysus was the son of Ammon, king of Libya (3.68.1), and much of Book 3 of the Bibliotheka Historica [Library of History] is devoted to the intertwined histories of Dionysus and the god-favored Ethiopians whom he believed to be the originators of Egyptian civilization.[emphasis added]: http://wysinger.homestead.com/strabo.htm…
The Ancient Egyptians borrowed heavily, including their hieroglyph system, from the slightly older(100-200 years) ADVANCED Black Nubian tribe Ta-Seti.
Fellahin is an Arab word describing farmers/landowners and was applied to the Black Nubians-Sudanese-Kemitians as well as all other ethnicities that were farmers/landowners, in the lower Southwestern 1/4 of Egypt(was part of Nubia-Sudan-Kemit-Egypt annexexed in 1521 B.C.)-THEY ARE NOT THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS, BUT BLACK NUBIANS.
NOTE: In "Remember the Time", Eddie Murphy played Ramses II - his mummy and statues show Caucasian features and his mummy's RED hair show Caucasian features under the microscope-Black actor Eddie Murphy was used to portray a CAUCASIAN EGYPTIAN PHAROAH.
What should I expect at the airport when I move to Egypt from America?
I am an American woman who is moving to Egypt to be with a muslim man and live my life with him. I have done some research on the net about the customs and such and have talked to my fiance about what to wear and so on. My question is, I have never been out of the U.S. before and don't know what to expect at the airport when I get to Cairo. How many suitcases am I allowed to bring (i'm only bringing my clothes, my laptop, cellphone, and digital camera, and my portable dvd player)? And I read you have to 'declare' stuff...what does this exactly mean? I will be shipping my books and dvd movies to where I will be living...is mailing them bookrate the cheapest? I will be leaving in 5 weeks so any help would be very much appreciated.
The airport may be crowded when you come just take it easy you'll find the way to stamp the passport. It's better if you already have the visa ready before you come. Otherwise you will take your turn and pay 15 U$D if the price is still the same.
You can carry many suitcases according to your ticket or airline. All items you mentioned is for personal use, but if you have many dvd's or cd's may be they will try to charge you.
No way to charge you for Camera,cell phone, laptop. You'll have this information written on the flight ticket.
You should have your fiance waiting for you outside. You can put your suitcases on a carriage after you pick it up. You can also find men in uniform who do this for you and you pay like 10 to 20 Egyptian pounds as a tip for that (2 to 4 U$D)
I put a link that's very useful for you to see. It makes you hear also the Arabic words you may use in Airport and other places. In reality it'll not be ideal like that, but at least it tells you something about it with photos and Arabic sounds.
You'll be fine in Egypt, just try to know about people and how is life here. It's completely different, so you'll take some time to understand and get use to many things. I hope you have a happy and wonderful life. If you need to ask any more questions you can send me any time.
Welcome among Egyptians
Why does Cairo was called Hollywood of the Middle East?
When some of the brightest star in the Arab world are the Lebanese?
One more thing, what is the threshold of Arab cinema? Can a woman wear a two-piece bathing suit in the cinema? I guessed yes because Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey have contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant
Does Ruby Film Al Shawq was already aired?
Are you high????????What Lebanese stars??
First off, Egypt produces approximetely 98% of all Arabic movies!!They are shown in practically every Arab country weather in cinemas or on tv.
When it comes to music, the Lebs know how to make some good music, but THEY DO NOT GET FAMOUS UNLESS THEY COME TO EGYPT!! 99% of the famous Arab singers out there have sung in an Egyptian dialect coz 1 in 3 Arabs speak it, while the other 2 will understand easily.
We make the most tv series of all Arab countries, this last month of Ramadan, 50 Egyptian series were made while Syria-our closest rival in the tv series business- made around 8 or 9.
Lebanese singers-and I mean female singers here- are more known to show off their bodies and moves in their videos instead of music.
ps: Cairo WASN'T called Hollywood of the middle east...Cairo IS the hollywood of the middle east.
why cant i understand the Arabic language of some commercials on MBC 4?
Whether the commercial is announced by a man or a woman , it is pronounced from the glottis , the deep throat , in a way that makes it too difficult to understand .
The commercials in English are clear , though !
hahahah, I can not believe you do not know why....
Not Gulf Dialect Indeed !!!!
It is in Arabic Moroccan Dialect,,
(that includes Morocco, lybia.Tunisia, and Algeria)
Morocco has the second largest population number in the Arabic world and the second economy of non oil Arabic country,,, They start to do commercial for them as they are a huge consuming society (and they have a very strong purchasing power could be more than the Egyptians for more than one reason...)
Now one more reason :
MBC (channels) reach Europe (not the ESC) and when I say reach Europe , I mean *not by Satellite) MBC+ART,,ONLY (not any Egyptian channel) are part of the Arabic Package sold in Holland +Belgium +France,, and others (powered by UPC) Most of the European/Arab origin in those countries are from Moroccan origin,, so they are trying to reach them....
Long time ago most Moroccan could understand Egyptian (not anymore) as Egypt influence is less specially with the Moroccan who live in Europe...so they start to make commercial with their own dialect,, (lots of Moroccan in Europe do not understand any Egyptian unless they are fan of the Egyptian movie,,, a lot are not now)
*it is a shame that ESC is not part of any TV package sold in Europe , when I complained they told me it is the mistake of the ESC not them,, as they already reserve a place to it ,, but the Egyptian did not fulfill their commitment... I do not know if that is true or not,, But I am obliged to watch the silly ART, and MBC all the time(beside the Moroccan Channel 2 M ) instead.. (most of the European cities forbid dishes and they send the TV package over cable)
It is funny that they have also some different names for some products like Persil is called Natheef in Morocco and you will see exactly the same ad ( exactly like ours )- but with different dialect and product's name (I saw it and laughed) in MBC (and sometimes in Rotana)
Do they have English channels on TV in Egypt?
Like in my country we have cable and we can view spanish, arabic, english, chinese and indian channels. So do you have this type of cable.
Yes there is a lot of English channels here but of course you need to pay for it.
Like Show time channels (Show movies, Show comedy, Show series,Show sport,Show cinema,Show kids,BBC,BBC food,travel channel,CNBC,Fashion TV,Blomberg,All mark,TCM,Sky news,Animal planet,Discovery channel,National geographic,Boomerang,Sky news,Disney channel,Cartoon network)
Also there is a channels for free Like CNN.
And there is Arabian channels in English language for free like Nile TV,Dubai one,MBC 4,Fox movies
French channels like TV5,M6,TF1
What do you think of this ? How true is it and how exaggerated it is?
Is it true that most Americans here in Egypt for purposes of learning Arabic and working with Egyptians and getting to know thier culture, traditions, shortcomings ...etc. ..... are being prepared to be the future spies ?
I heard that America , unlike other Asian & European countries, do not have good Arabic speakers, so after the events of September 11, America decided to send many young people to different Arab countries to learn Arabic and know more about these countries.
What do you think of this? and how true is this?
Ya Nonna , hope you are well
Now: not all but some Yes,,, but we have to be objective here,When Morocco sent its people to work in Europe, a big parts were spies,, (funny they were spying on their own people because the king wanted to know who makes money,, and who can object him) especially the Moroccan were 2 parts (Berber- Arabs(who always think they are superior) here is a recent case
it was very popular even with Egypt (specially in Nasr era), a company called (el Nasr el 3ama for importing and exporting ) which had offices in most of the world ( and especially in Africa ) was found because of that by the intelligence,, Not only that ,, some of the worst movies in the history of the Egyptian movie , were just a cover up for spying missions in Africa (3omasha fel adghal as an example)
Every country has its priority , and who are spies for others are heroes for the other party,,
(btw , of course there is no big need to spy on lots of Arab countries , as they are run by America ,,to start with)
edit: BTW, I knew that long time ago (I do not know if it is still there or not),, any foreigner in Egypt, who is settling for a job or a study has a file , and they spy on him/her starting from the (bawab) till the pizza delivery,,,of course that is very normal,,(wela el balad 7atebaa sayba ),, so mefesh 7ad ahsan men 7ad....
Where do the anti Israeli propaganda and lies originate?
please tell me also the history of Pallywood, also do they have their own "Oscars"who are the top producers? actors? who sponsors Pallywood?
Are there any good websites on Pallywood movies (I know about You Tube videos)
"If today's Arab anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish propaganda strongly resembles that of the Third Reich, there is a good reason." So writes Joel Fishman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in "The Big Lie and the Media War against Israel," an insightful piece of historical research.
Fishman begins by noting the topsy-turvy situation whereby Israel is perceived as a dangerous predator as it defends its citizens against terrorism, conventional warfare, and weapons of mass destruction. A 2003 survey, for instance, found Europeans seeing Israel as "the greatest threat" to world peace. How did this insane inversion of reality -- the Middle East's only fully free and democratic country seen as the leading global menace -- come to be?
Fishman's answer revisits World War I, which is not a surprise, as post-cold war analysts increasingly recognize the extent to which Europe lives still under the shadow of that disaster, whether in its renewed policy of appeasement or its attitudes towards its own culture. Back then, the British government first exploited advances in mass media and advertising to target both the enemy's and its own civilian populations, hoping to shape their thinking.
The Central Powers' publics heard messages designed to undermine support for their governments, while Entente publics were fed news reports about atrocities, some of them false. Notably, the British authorities claimed that Imperial Germany had a "Corpse Conversion Factory" (Kadaververwerkungsanstalt), that plundered enemy dead soldiers' bodies to produce soap and other products. After the war's conclusion, when the British learned the truth, these lies left a residue of what Fishman calls "skepticism, betrayal, and a mood of postwar nihilism."
This British disinformation campaign had two disastrous implications for World War II. First, it prompted the Allied public to be skeptical concerning German atrocities against Jews, which bore a close resemblance to the imaginary horrors the British had disseminated, so that reports from Nazi-occupied territories were regularly discounted. (This explains why Dwight D. Eisenhower arranged for visits to the concentration camps immediately upon their liberation, to witness and document their reality.)
Second, Hitler admiringly noted the British precedent in his book, Mein Kampf (1925): "At first the claims of the [British] propaganda were so impudent that people thought it insane; later, it got on people's nerves; and in the end, it was believed." A decade later, this admiration translated into the Nazi "Big Lie" that turned reality on its head, making Jews into persecutors and Germans into victims. A vast propaganda machine then drummed these lies into the German-speakers' psyche, with great success.
Fishman examines particularly the case of Johann von Leers (1902-65), an early Nazi party member, a protégé of Goebbels, a lifelong associate of Himmler, and an overt advocate of genocidal policies against Jews. His 1942 article, "Judaism and Islam as Opposites," lauded Muslims for their "eternal service" of keeping Jews "in a state of oppression and anxiety." This von Leers escaped Germany after 1945 and a decade later turned up in Egypt, where he converted to Islam and became political adviser to Nasser's Department of Information. There, Fishman recounts, he "sponsored the publication of an Arabic edition of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, revived the blood libel, organized anti-Semitic broadcasts in numerous languages, cultivated neo-Nazis throughout the world, and maintained a warm correspondence encouraging the first generation of Holocaust deniers."
Such groundwork proved its value after Israel's historic victory in the Six Day War of 1967, a humiliating defeat for both the Soviet Union and its Arab allies. The subsequent Soviet-Arab propaganda campaign denied Israel the right to defend itself and inverted reality by relentlessly accusing it of aggression. Precisely as Hitler had analyzed in Mein Kampf, if these impudent claims were at first thought insane, in the end they were believed.
Today's political madness, in other words, is directly linked to yesterday's. Might some of today's anti-Zionists be ashamed to realize that their thinking is, however repackaged, but an elaboration of the genocidal deceptions espoused by Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler? Might they then abandon these views?
Whats the difference between Classical Egyptian and Modern Egyptian belly dance?
And just out of curiosity what's your favorite style?
There are several differences between Classical Egyptian and Modern Egyptian belly dancing.
First, and most important, is the origin. Raks Sharqi - The Dance of the East - is what we call modern or contemporary "cabaret" style belly dancing, and it became most popular in the 1920's, emerging in Cairo and the Egyptian movie scene, whereas Raks Baladi is based on the classical folkloric dances of the countryside. Both have origins in Egypt, and both are sometimes intertwined together, so it is often hard to distinguish these days between what is considered 'classical Egyptian belly dancing' and 'Modern Egyptian belly dance'.
Dance Style - Modern Egyptian dance often includes props, such as veils, swords, fire trays and other items. Classical Egyptian dancers rarely see a need for these things, except perhaps a cane, which is used for a particular style of dance - Saidi, which is based on folkloric country dances known as Raks Assaya (cane or stick dance) and the Tahtib (performed by men, in a riveting combative dance).
Traditional Egyptian belly dancers will rarely use a veil, if ever - they believe that a veil implies inappropriate striptease connotations. They rarely use finger cymbals and classical Egyptian dance does not include floor work. Classical Egyptian dance is about connecting with the music, and it is more subtle than westernized Modern Egyptian dance. A lot of people don't 'get it' and so they prefer to add a bunch of flare to make it more 'exciting'. Modern Egyptian dance tends to include other styles of dance such as hints of jazz, salsa, flamenco and ballet. It's very glitzy and glamorous, often performed solo, in duets or in troupes with synchronized movements, whereas classical Egyptian dance is usually done solo accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians or an orchestra, or lacking a live orchestra, recorded music of the same variety.
Choreography - I've noticed that modern Egyptian belly dancing tends to rely heavily on choreography, whereas classical Egyptian dancing seems much more natural and improvised, focusing on flowing with the whole picture of the music, rather than making sure your body does some spectacular move on each individual beat. Classical Egyptian belly dancing seems more earthy and natural, and focuses on the wow-factor of hitting the little accents here and there, whereas modern Egyptian belly dancing seems somewhat contrived, and big, and flashy and kind of in your face and "Wow, look at me!". Don't get me wrong, I think both styles are beautiful when done well.
Costumes - I've seen them interchanged between the various styles of Egyptian dance so much that the lines have become pretty much blurred over the years. Traditionally, Egyptian raks sharqi costumes have come in an intricately beaded and sequined bra and fringe belt with a separate flowy skirt underneath while the more modern look consists of the slinky spandex costumes with ornamentation that goes from sparse to elaborate. A lot of classic Egyptian style belly dancers will wear folkloric dresses and more modest costumes with a body stocking to cover the belly, as it is considered vulgar to show the navel when dancing in public in Egypt.
Music - Obviously, modern Egyptian or Arabic pop music as opposed to more classical orchestral numbers are also a big difference between the two styles of dancing, though I've seen plenty of modern dancers perform to classical Egyptian music too.
My preferred style of belly dancing is classical Egyptian, but I often combine it with modern Egyptian and Gypsy Fusion as well, mainly because I was trained in classical Egyptian dance, but also like to have the comfort of choreography and I like to use props very occasionally. I also have a passion for Gypsy and Flamenco flair based on the circles I run around in. Mostly, however, I prefer the subtlety of classical Egyptian style belly dancing, improvising, and simply flowing with the music.
Here are a some videos so you can see the differences:
Classical Egyptian belly dancing:
Improvisation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmgIoPaitqQ
Choreographed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtBjY0AjLSI
Modern Egyptian Style:
Saidi (Very specific style of traditional Egyptian folk dance):
Gypsy Fusion (A fusion of Gypsy/Flamenco/Egyptian style dance):
Which dialect of Arabic is most widely spoke?
Hello, I am Sudanese and I speak Arabic. I've noticed most of my other Arab friends who are Lebanese, Egyptian, Palestinian, Jordanian and Syrian have a difficult time understanding my Arabic and I have a difficult time understanding theirs. Why is this? I want to expand my Arabic so that I can understand most other Arabs. Which dialect should I learn? Is MSA widely spoken and understood?
I'd say Egyptian Arabic is the most understanding one amongst Arabs. Not just because it will be easier for you to learn, as we know that Egypt is located north of Sudan and as a result it will be more suitable for you. Not just that, but also because more importantly, Egyptian dialect is the most dialect that is understood by Arab people in general. Egyptian Arabic is recognized by all Arabs basically because of the Egyptian media, movies, and shows that all Arabs watch all the time. So if you talk in Egyptian dialect most Arabs will understand you, even if you were living in the Gulf countries.
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is understood by Arab people mostly who are Native Arabs, yes. But when conversing with someone we tend to communicate in a casual non informal way such as in Arabic dialects, i.e. Egyptian, Iraqi, etc. You may speak in MSA, but it'll be kind of funny, especially on casual occasions. MSA is mostly used in writing and in formal occasions: conferences, speeches, some school studies, news, etc.
Whats the difference between Egyptian Arabic and normal Arabic ?
By "normal Arabic" I'm going to assume you mean Modern Standard Arabic--what is basically the language of the Qur'an-- or what is known as "foS7a" among Arabic speakers. The difference is that Modern Standard Arabic is written, read and spoken on the news in Egypt (as in every other Arab country) while people use colloquial Arabic (known to Arabic speakers as 3ammeyya) when communicating with each other in daily life ie: Egyptian colloquial Arabic, in this case. The particular type of colloquial Arabic spoken from Arab country to Arab country varies greatly and have distinct influences. For example, in Morocco and Algeria, their spoken Arabic has its roots in classical Arabic/what has become Modern Standard Arabic of course but has also been influenced by French and Berber languages whereas Egyptian colloquial Arabic has been influenced by classical Arabic/MSA, the Coptic language (itself a mixture of Greek and ancient Pharaonic languages) and also later by Turkish, French and even English.
You'll be good to learn Egyptian Arabic because although it's only spoken by Egyptians, the vast majority of Arabs can understand it thanks to Egypt's cultural dominance of the Arab world (every Arab listens to Egyptian music, watches Egyptian movies)
Basically Modern Standard Arabic is used in formal contexts (media, political contexts) while Egyptian Arabic is used in informal contexts (daily life, music). There are of course, many phonetic and grammatical differences, but they still share a substantial amount of vocabulary.
So please, do Egypt a favor and don't be like all the other foreigners and learn foS7a and try to speak it to them!
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If you could choose a movie title for your life so far what would it be?
And ya i am asking in Egypt cos it could be an Arabic movie.....
"Wada3 El 3omr Ya Walady" -.-
In English "Life has been passed, son"
Does TEdata apply the fair usage policy on the unlimited package?
I have this etislat internet and it's pretty much awful, I was thinking about TEdata since I download alot of stuff.
I have heard before they had this system but do they still have that?
In a straight way of talking, if I download let's say for example 400 gb with a 2mbps internet connection, will my speed downgrade to 256kbps?
Thanks in advance!
The whole internet speed connection at Egypt is incridbly slow compared to the advanced and Arabic countries such as Saudia Arabia and Qatar. People their enjoy 100 MB per second while we suffer downloading 120 and 240 KB per second for shitloads of money. Internet users in Europe and USA pay about 120-200 Egyptian pounds (Transferred from their currency) for 100 MB per second internet connection. Howsoever, we have to ask for our rights and protest in the near future to get the fiber cables on 2015 at Cairo, and rest at the other provinces in the future.
So I invite you to like and share all of those groups on Facebook to help us (Internet users like you) to remove the roots of corruption in those companies and Ministry of Communicational to pay fair amount of money in exchange of super fast internet connection. Imagine in the future that you'll be able to download full HD movies in a few minutes. It'll only take you about six to ten minutes to download 10-40 GB movie.
Here is a list of those protestant groups:
would there be any advantage, besides the average advantages of learning a language, of learning arabic?
i like the writing. i heard the language is hard, but it could be worth it if i know the advantages.
the thing is.. it's not a language of a country or a city, it's a language of a nation. so that you will be able to communicate with a lot a lot of people using it regardless of whether they are from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, or whatever. and besides you may enjoy learning about the old civilizations like the Pharaohs civilization or the Islamic one and know how those people think..you'll spend great times listening to Arabic songs,watching movies, or reading books.
i think the hard things that you may encounter would be the slang Arabic,because when people read or hear a word which they don't know nor find in a dictionary they get depressed and give up learning,
do you know how did i learn English and slang?? beside the school of course which i never attended haha !!
well i learned it by listening to songs then writing down its lyrics and repeating it many times, also watching movies, and WWE :D, you judge me now..is my English bad??
then don't believe arabic is hard unless u try it urself 😉
and u know what?? i can help u whenever u want
Which is the best Arab country for an American to learn Arabic?
I am going to possibly convert to Islam but I would like to read the Koran in Arabic first and spend time in a Muslim country.
If you didn’t revert to Islam yet I would suggest Egypt for the following reasons:
1- You will find it easily to make contacts with people, many of them know English.
2- You will find different nationalities there Americans, Europeans, Asians, etc… ,so you will not feel strange or lonely
3- The Egyptian slang language is recognised in many countries because of the Egyptian movies. This will be an advantage in addition to knowing the formal Arabic language.
If your aim is just to learn Arabic, then Egypt is a nice place, but if you are looking to see a real Islamic community, then don’t expect to find a perfect one there. Please keep into consideration that many traditions and laws applied in Egypt are unfortunately deviated from the correct Islam. if you need to know about Islam while you are there, try to contact the “Azhar” university. It is one of the greatest and oldest Islamic universities. It is one of the trusted Islamic resources.
Syria may be another choice, but I don’t know much about learning Arabic there. If you decided to go to Egypt, then feel free to contact me in case you need any help.
If you already reverted to Islam, I would suggest Saudi Arabia for the following reasons:
1- You will have the chance to visit the “Kaaba” and make prayers there.
2- You are able to know Islam from a very trusted resource
Take into consideration that the culture and the way of life there is completely different of the life in America, so don’t be shocked, and please don’t go there with previous stereotype vision.
I suggest taking Arabic courses in USA before starting your trip. This will make your learning there easier.
May Allah show you the right path.
Can you suggest any good websites Egyptians like to go to? ?
I'm looking for some good websites that Egyptians like to go and talk about whatever is relevant and going on with them. Whatever places online any of you like to go to maybe, or just popular or not so popular places Egyptians like to congregate online.
Do you know of any good blogs about life in Egypt? Or websites that talk about things hot and relevant to Egyptians?
Any sites you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and take care!
Very easy! Here are the top 50 website Egyptians like to go to arranged in order:
A social utility that connects people, to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and videos.
4. Windows Live (Microsoft.live.com)
5. YouTube: youtube.com
YouTube is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide!
6. RapidShare: rapidshare.com
Users can upload up to 100 meg files for sharing. Provides downloads of 100 megs per hour on the free service. Premium service also available.
7. Google: google.com
Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images.google.com
Site info for
8. Microsoft Network (MSN): msn.com
9. Maktoob.com Inc.
Largest Arab Online Community with the most famous email service as well as bilingual Arabic and English online community services.
10. Dvd4arab.com: dvd4arab.com
11. PerfSpot: perfspot.com
Social and business networking.
13. يللاكوره: yallakora.com
موقع رياضى يغطي الشرق الأوسط رياضيا
14. masrawy.comموقع مصراوى دوت كوم
محتوى متنوع من الأخبار و الخدمات، من بريد و ترجمة و استضافة و ألعاب، و منتديات متنوعة.
15. 4shared: 4shared.com
A simple and easy-to-use service offering free online files storage and sharing accessible worldwide.
16. برامج نتbramjnet.com - أكبر موقع عربي للبرامج
17. فى الجول: filgoal.com
أخبار كرة القدم المصريةو العربية والعالمية
18. Microsoft Corporation
Main site for product information, support, and news.
19. ماي ايجي
حمل اجمل و احدث الافلام العربية و الاجنبية احلي الالعاب و البرامج و الاغاني و المزيد من الخدمات
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الموقع العربي الأول لكرة القدم يضم بطولات عربية عالمية مع متابعة و تحليل لكافة احداث كرة القدم
22. اصحاب كول
23. الأهرام اليومى
صحيفة يومية مصرية تصدر عن مؤسسة الأهرام
RealAudio files of popular Arab songs , plus a streaming broadcast.
27. The Saatchi Gallery
Presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by established international artists whose work has been rarely exhibited in the UK. London.
28. The largest Arabic musical community
Mawaly.com is an online Music community mawaly.com
31. الجمهورية أونلاين
إصدار إنترنت من صحيفة الجمهورية
32. المصري اليوم
إصدار إنترنت من الصحيفة اليومية المستقلة
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38. شبكة مزيكا اليوم
اغانى افلام عربى افلام اجنبى افلام هندى العاب كمبيوتر العاب فلام برامج كمبيوتر تحميل مجانى ومباشر
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41. موقع طرب
موقع طرب , اغانى طرب
النادى الأهلى المصرى
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49. موقع أخبارك للأخبار المصرية
الموقع يضم أخبار مصرية من جميع المصادر الموثوقة, ويوجد به منتدي لمناقشة الأخبار واخر الاحداث.
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Can someone tell me what does Vele Ya Vele mean?
....and what it is about and what is the name of the movie it came from?
No it's called Vele Ya Vele by some egyptian group called Mezdeke and it's from some movie.
@ Medic Oh ok, maybe they changed it to V for the letters for Americans or english speakers. Even on I tunes it has it as Vele Ya Vele. Thanks for the information. Would happen to know what movie it came from? I am dying to find out.
The letter V is not present in the Arabic alphabet, I guess you mean Wele ya wele. Wele means my damn or my curse, Wele ya wele would mean I am doomed or something like that.
Edit: I am so sorry, but I have no idea about the movie. I listened to the song on youtube, it is generally a folklore song of upper Egypt.
Im egyptian and dont know how to speak arabic?
I'm Egyptian 14 been living in Australia for 6 years and don't know how to read or write Arabic because i am going Egypt then Saudi Arabia both Arab speaking places in 2 months What do i do Thank u
Find book, watch movies with translation, google translate, or just ask someone who speaks atleast a little to teach you there's alot of ways to learn a few terms in a different language in under 2 weeks I'm half Filipino and I had to do the same thing when I was getting ready to go to the Philippines and it didn't take me long to learn a few terms in Tagolog in under 2 weeks I mostly used google translate or just asked my mom. lol!
Is the current pope a Jew like the previous one?
It is an undeniable fact that entire Church has been completely stolen by the Zionists. To the extent that the previous Pope had a Jewish mother and hence by definiton of Hebrew, a Jew himself. No wonder hae "forgave" the sin of theose who tried to hang Jesus for no just reason. Of course he has no power to forgive. He allowed Christians to become member of such Zionist dirty and corrupt & destructive organizations as Free masons, Rotary Club, Lions Club which no previous Pope allowed. It seems that Rat-Zinger (Benedict) is also a Jew. If you have any references please let me know, I will appreciate.
Yeah, the Pope is a Jew. And so is the US President (all the presidents since Jefferson have been Jews). And you know what? I hear that the Prime Minister of Israel is also a Jew! Can you believe it? Actually, the heads of all the world powers are secret Jews. Ahmedinejad? Jew! (Don't let the anti-semtic rhetoric fool you!) Tony Blair? Jew! Mahmoud Abbas? 100% Hebrew. Saddam Hussein? You'd better believe he's a Jew! He became a renegade though, and we had to take him out of power so that the other Zionists could begin to conquer Iraq. Eventually, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, and Italy will all be part of the Zionist State of Israel.
The Freemasons are all Jews. The Illuminati? Yet another Jewish conspiracy. The Elders of Zion? Well, actually, that was a book written by the Czarist police. I mean, who would think that those tricky Zionists would be behind something so crude? No, only subtlest forms of covert manipulation will do.
Achh! There are Jews everywhere! The other day, I walked by a synagogue, and it was full of Jews! The people in charge? All Jews! Organizations like Young Israel, B'nei B'rith, the Orthodox Union - all run by Jews! I saw a movie last night - directed and produced by Jews!
Thank G-d I was smart enough to make this aluminum foil hat. It keeps them from reading my thoughts with their ZSS's (Zionist Spy Satellites).
You know, I heard that even JESUS himself was a Jew. That can't be true, though, right? The conspiracy can't go that far -- or else all is lost.
(For the exceptionally slow - the above was intended as satire.)
PS: This has to be the second or third post of anti-Semitic jibberish coming from someone who has the name of G-d, in Arabic, as their icon. What gives? Where are all the cool Muslims at? Come on - I know you guys are out there. Put these idiots in their place, won't you?
Egypt: While watching an American movie , do you listen or read the subtitles?
Or any movie in English*
I read the subtitles more cz um afraid to listen and get lost or understand nothing sometimes :S . I hate to miss any detail in the movie
i am Egyptian at first when i was like in preparatory stage and i was reading the subs then after improving my language i was like listening and reading at the same time cause i wasn't sure that my English is enough to understand every few detail after that i said that i should test myself to know if
i am able to understand without subs, so i watch the movie without subtitles and then i watch it with subtitles at first time a lot of details was missing cause of some hard words and how speedy they speak after some time i Give up the subtitles and start using English subtitles cause the hard words gone but they still speedy and after few times i start to follow up and know how they spell when they are speedy now i hate subtitles it became such a disturbing thing at cinemas .
I'm not at the preparatory stage any more
I've just finished my sophomore at computer science
and i'm now speaking Arabic, English, German and undergoing Spanish .
in need of language exchange with an expat?
I want to find a language exchange in Egypt to learn English or German. I need to practice my foreign language and teach arabic in Exchange . My level in English is Good and it's very bad in German.
Where Can I find people having the same interests?
For German Language:
You can go to "Göthe Institut" and learn German there. They have all levels, and they're known to be good in teaching how to understand and how to write. In order for you to practice conversation, you can try and watch German movies (that's of course, after you've taken some lessons" or even cartoons! They'll help you be familiar with the language.
Here's their number and address:
Goethe Institute - German Cultural Center
13 Hussien Wasef St., Dokki, Cairo.
Tel: 02 7484500 - 02 7484501 - 02 7484576
Goethe Institute - German Cultural Center
5 El Bostan St., Downtown, Cairo.
Tel: 02 5759877 - 02 5748261 - 02 5747884
For English Language:
Go visit the British Council. They have many couses there and you can see which level fits you best.
Here's the number and address:
192 El Nil St., Agouza, Cairo.
Tel: 02 3001666 - 19789
4 El Menya St., Heliopolis, Cairo.
Tel: 02 4523396 - 02 4523395 - 02 4523397 - 02 4523396 - 19789
Can someone explain to me the Arabic languages like Egyptian, Hebrew, etc.?
I know its a very ignorant question, but I want to learn.
I don't understand how Egyptian [for example 'Habibi, Ya Nour El Ain'] is Arabic when it is written Egypt?
Can someone explain to me the difference of Hebrew and Arabic the simple and easiest way possible? :/
simply there's a "standard arabic" which could b considered as the origin of all the arabic used in arab countries, we, arabs, don't use the standard arabic in our daily live & have different accents, but usually we can understand each other. if u can understand standard arabic, u might b able 2 understand different a little of the arab accents.
The egyptian arabic is kinda popular in the arab world because of the egyptian movies & tv shows.
hebrew is a TOTALLY DIFFERENT language, not arabic @ all.
What is the best method to learn Egyptian arabic?
Just come to Egypt and talk with people , that's the best and fastest method,
But if its hard for u , just chat with Egyptians with voice chatting ,
But if its hard for u , watch Egyptian movies with English subtitles.
Wish u good luck , if u wana any help , pls email me .
Is there any historical American film about Egypt-Israel 1973 war?
Any non-Arabic movies about this war would be enough. ty
As far as American, No. But try Youtube, or some of the other video websites and search 1973 Egypt-Israeli War. The Military channel had an episode on the Yom Kippur War called 20th Century Battle Fields the Yom Kippur War.
The below listed are Non-Arabic Films and might be what you are looking for.
Here is one that I found on Amazon. Never seen it but might be what you are looking for. Also don't always go by what people comment on as it for you to decide truth from fiction or lies.
Here is another film I found. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218379/
If you learn Arabic, would you be able to understand the different dialects?
Also, how do you learn Arabic? Tips? Suggestions? Etc.
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is the one taught in schools and college programs, is the language of newspapers and news broadcasts on television and radio. Educated people in Arab countries all learn MSA but nobody speaks it. Each country has it's own spoken dialect. While some are similar (like Lebanon, Syria and Palestine) and can be understood by people from those countries, others are really different and can't be understood by people from other countries (Algeria, Morocco for example). A lot of people understand Egyptian dialect because of music and movies that are broadcast across the Arab world from Egypt. If possible, learn the spoken dialect of a country that interests you in addition to Modern Standard Arabic.
what does islam says about making love before marriage?
im a 21 years old muslim girl and im in love with a 24 years old boy, we are gonna marry but i dont think its the right time...about him he want to marry now...he asks me if atleast we can make love now,...what do u think is it ok if i do it coz i want to marry the same guy but i need time?or still its haraam?
Of course it's haraam and you well know that.
What a lot of couples especially in Jeddah, but not in Riyadh...but in the UAE and Lebanon, have done is to make what is commonly called a paper marriage. i could give you the translation but it wouldn't make any sense....warigah al zuwigiti...something like that, yes it's a poor effort but hope you get the meaning.
This legalises sexual relations between the couple, but allows them to go there separate ways later...there are fatwa's in Saudi against it.
In traditional pure Islam, the girl may still face difficulty after a "paper' marriage. But it offers a way.
The Arabic singing stars and movie stars in Egypt and Lebanon made this arrangement popular many years ago..and it is still applied today.
Is it worth learning modern standard arabic, or is it best to learn a dialect such as Egyptian?
All the answers above me are right, so if you want to talk with Arabs I suggest you learn the Egyptian or the Lebanese dialect because all the Arabs understand these the most.
Most of the Arabic movies (if not all) are Egyptian movies. And most of the popular Arabic singers use either the Egyptian or the Lebanese dialect (even if they are not from Egypt or Lebanon). Westerners usually like to listen to Amr Diab, Elissa, Asalah, Latifa, Nancy...and the list goes on.
How to not forget ur Egyptian Arabic?
I just realized yesterday that I forgot how to say some words in Egyptian Arabic. And I never want this to happen!! I mean me, my mom, and my brother usually speak Lebanese at home. And outside home I usually speak English. But when I was talking to some one yesterday in Egyptian I started to realize that I am started to forget it!!
@Amr S: I gave u thumb down by an accidnt, i meant to give u a thumb up, sorry
If you watch egyptian movies or listen to egyptian songs that will help, thats what i did when i was learning italian.
My father was born in egypt and came here when he was like 23 and when he speaks to his parents and egyptian friends he couldnt speak like he used to. He was asking me how to say something, which is funny b/c im not that great of a arabic speaker. Im pretty bad actually.
Egypt: How do you translate "Inspired by 67's Abu Ali" into Arabic?
as well as "Is there a movie that you can watch a lot without getting bored of it?"
SAW movies =D
which arabic dialect should I learn? What are the main differences?
I have a basis of modern standard of arabic but I really would like to learn a dialect because I think MSA is kinda too formal. But which dialect should I pick? Please motivate.
What are the main differences between for example the dialect spoken in Egypt, Morocco and Libya and MSA? (I know nothing about the dialects unfortunately)
I would pick the Egyptian one, because it is spoken widely and understood by many Arabic speakers because of the media, most movies, shows, etc..are in Egyptian dialect.
I would like know how easy it would be to go to Egypt to learn arabic?
how would i go about it ?how much does it cost how long would i have to go away for ?i would be very geratfull if you could give me as much information
Well first of all, keep in mind that when arabic is taught, that it is usually classical arabic that you will be learning, which, though a good foundation, isn't the most practical thing to be speaking in the streets, as it is very formal and used for speeches/ books etc. Almost every country where arabic is spoken, they have their own "version" In Morocco, Alegeria and Tunisia they speak differently than in Egypt and the Gulf etc. The good thing about Egyptian is that many arabs understand it, since many Egyptian movies and songs are popular all over the Arab world. One safe place I heard of is the American University in Cairo, which, though more expensive than the average language school may help you out...perhaps you can matriculate as a non-degree student. I started to study arabic as well, and once you get past the alphabet bit, it should be smoother sailing! Best of luck!!