Egyptian Arabic - a Neo-Arabic dialect
The official language and language used in everyday life in Egypt is Arabic. The Egyptian Arabic you learn in this express course is an independent Arabic dialect spoken by around 75 million people as their mother tongue. The written language in Egypt is standard High Arabic.
Arabic - a Semitic language
Arabic belongs to the Afro-Asian language family and is counted among the Semitic languages in this family. In addition to High Arabic and a multitude of Arabic dialects (for example Saudi Arabic, Iraqi, Moroccan and - last but not least - Egyptian Arabic), Hebrew (in its modern form Iwrit), Aramaic and various Ethiopian languages also belong to this family.
The Arabic language is mainly spoken in North Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula. Egyptian Arabic is by far the most widely spoken dialect of the Arabic language.
Egyptian Arabic at a glance
Number of speakers: about 75 million
Special features: throat sounds in pronunciation, writing direction from right to left, vowels are not written, 2 sexes of nouns (male & female), 3 cases (nominative, genitive, accusative)
Font: Arabic script; in the express course with additional transcription in Latin script