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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Egyptian Arabic Season 1, Lesson 25 - On the Phone. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to understand basic phone vocabulary in Egyptian Arabic.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to say 'Hello, who is this?’ while answering the phone in Egyptian Arabic.
Nora: [Normal] ألو, مين معايا(ʾlū, mīn maʿāyā)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Hello'
Nora: [Normal] ألو [Slow] ألو (ʾalū)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'who'
Nora: [Normal] مين [Slow] مين(mīn)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'with me'
Nora: [Normal] معايا [Slow] معايا(maʿāyā)
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Hello, who is this?’ while answering the phone.
Nora: [Slow] ألو, مين معايا [Normal] ألو, مين معايا
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say 'This is Nora.'
Nora: [Normal] معاك نورا(maʿāk nūrā)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'with you'
Nora: [Normal] معاك [Slow] معاك (maʿāk)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'Nora'
Nora: [Normal] نورا [Slow] نورا(nūrā)
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'This is Nora.'
Nora: [Slow] معاك نورا [Normal] معاك نورا
Becky: Next up is the way to say 'May I talk to Hany?'
Nora: [Normal] ممكن أكلم هاني؟(mumkin ʾakallim hānī?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Can I'
Nora: [Normal] ممكن [Slow] ممكن(mumkin)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'talk to'
Nora: [Normal] أكلم [Slow] أكلم(ʾakallim)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'Hany'
Nora: [Normal] هاني [Slow] هاني(hānī)
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'May I talk to Hany?'
Nora: [Slow] ممكن أكلم هاني؟ [Normal] ممكن أكلم هاني؟
Becky: Finally, here is a way to say 'I'll call again later.'
Nora: [Normal] هتصل تاني بعدين.(hattiṣil tānī baʿdīn.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I Will call'
Nora: [Normal] هتصل [Slow] هتصل(hattiṣil)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'again'
Nora: [Normal] تاني [Slow] تاني(tānī)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'later'
Nora: [Normal] بعدين [Slow] بعدين(baʿdīn)
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I'll call again later.'
Nora: [Slow] هتصل تاني بعدين. [Normal] هتصل تاني بعدين.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nora: Talking on the phone in a foreign language can be very intimidating and confusing at first, but it's okay to tell the person on the other side that you are a foreigner, and ask them to speak slowly. You could say momken tetkallem berraahah shwayya? meaning "can you speak a bit slower?" People will gladly do that, and will probably try to add in some English. It's important to start the conversation in Arabic, however, to give the impression that you are willing to make the conversation work to get the information that you want.

Outro

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

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Let's practice here! Who would you like to talk to on the phone?