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Learning a little Arabic HELP!

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Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Hi all

Can anyone advice where i can learn a few Arabic words before we go on holliday, just the basics, please thank you, just enough to be curtious. Thinking about it would have to be on a cd as i suppose reading Arabic will be harder than trying to speak it.

Theresa

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1. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Buy the Lonely Planet Egyptain Phrase Book. It is a good start as it is the types of things you will need for a holiday.

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2. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

I'll spell a few words phonetically as it's easier for you to say them...

Bik am - How much?

Shukraan - Thank you

Aafwaan - No problem (Use this when someone thanks you, say aafwaan after and they'll smile!!)

Yalla - Let's go. Say this when in a taxi and watch them giggle.

La - No

Aiwa (as in the make of stereo) - Yes

Inta hirarmy - You thief (to a man)

If you want some more phrases, just send me a pm and I'll do my best... I know a few phrases that are useful when approached by kids/beggars that will make them go away. e.g "Me fiche Hagga" - I have nothing and "Imshee" means clear off (say it to kids only).

My Arabic is a bit rusty now!!

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3. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

I would suggest the "rough guide" egyptian arabic dictionary/phrase book as opposed to the lonely planet one,which I have found to pretty inaccurate on many occasions.

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4. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Hi,

There is a tips thread at the top of the forum, above all topics:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297555-i9225-k211…

It covers things like topless sunbathing (so to speak!) which you asked about in your other thread, & there is a sction on Arabic phrases, plus many other tips / geberal advice.

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5. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Dear..i can help,just send me a list of the words and sentences you would like to know in arabic and i will give you how to say it ;)

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6. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

I found the Egyptian Tourism Authority site was helpful before I traveled. They have a section where you can practice saying common expressions by hearing it spoken:

www.lexicon.egypt.travel/…

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7. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Please

thank you

how much

hello

no thanks

yes please

nice to meet you

bye

you are verry kind

thank you for your help

cheers

theresa

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8. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

I have bought an Arabic Phrase Book and Dictionary by Berlitz. This is what i have used when i went to Egypt. It was the best thing I have ever done and learn some basic arabic words before I went to Egypt.

Shukran Thank you

yasaar Left

yameen Right

dukhool Entrance

sayyidaat women (toilet)

maa lis-shurb drinking water

mAHloomaat Information

la No

I'd like a taxi ureed taaksee

now al-aan

in an hour bAHd saAHa

for tomorrow ghadan as-saAHA at ta-taasiAHa

the address is al-AHunwaan huwa

i'm going to azhab ilaa........

please take me to.... min fadlak,waSSilnee ilaa

the airport al-malaar

This is all I remember hope this helps

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9. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

I have learnt,and had no problems with left being Shimaal.I also think airport is with a T,matar.Is the berlizt book just arabic or egyptian arabic? apparently there is a difference.

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10. Re: Learning a little Arabic HELP!

Hi Theresa,

I second the the Rough Guide Phrase book "Egyptian Arabic". Bought mine in W H Smith in the UK. It's been invaluable since I moved here. As another poster mentioned Egyptian Arabic is a little different than regular Arabic.

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