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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Egyptian Arabic Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking Directions In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for and understand basic directions in Egyptian Arabic.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to ask 'Where is the station?' in Egyptian Arabic.
Nora: [Normal] المحطة فين؟(el-maḥaṭṭah fīn?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'station'
Nora: [Normal] المحطة [Slow] المحطة (el-maḥaṭṭah)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'where'
Nora: [Normal] فين [Slow] فين(fīn)
Becky: Listen again to the question meaning 'Where is the station?'
Nora: [Slow] المحطة فين؟ [Normal] المحطة فين؟
Becky: Now, imagine someone asks you for directions. Here's the way to say, 'Go straight.'
Nora: [Normal] إمشي على طول.(ʾimšī ʿalā ṭūl.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Go'
Nora: [Normal] إمشي [Slow] إمشي (ʾimšī)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'on'
Nora: [Normal] على [Slow] على(ʿalā)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'straight'
Nora: [Normal] طول [Slow] طول(ṭūl)
Becky: Listen again to the question meaning 'Go straight.'
Nora: [Slow] إمشي على طول. [Normal] إمشي على طول.
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'Turn right.'
Nora: [Normal] خش يمين.(ḫuš ymīn.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Turn'
Nora: [Normal] خش [Slow] خش(ḫuš)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'right'
Nora: [Normal] يمين [Slow] يمين(ymīn)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn right.'
Nora: [Slow] خش يمين. [Normal] خش يمين.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'Turn left.'
Nora: [Normal] خش شمال.(ḫuš šmel-.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Turn'
Nora: [Normal] خش [Slow] خش(ḫuš)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'left'
Nora: [Normal] شمال [Slow] شمال(šmel-)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Turn left.'
Nora: [Slow] خش شمال. [Normal] خش شمال.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nora: When asking for directions, the smartest thing to do is ask a shop owner, for many reasons. The first reason is that shop owners are usually standing outside the shops, especially when the weather is hot, and also because they will most probably know the area. Always remember to start your question with law samaht to sound polite and grab the listener's attention, before you ask the question.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

Ana
Wednesday at 01:52 PM
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You spelled mahatta wrong there’s no mim