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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Egyptian Arabic Season 1, Lesson 7 - Do You Speak English? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer this question in Egyptian Arabic.
Body
Becky: Here's the way to ask 'Can you speak English?' in Egyptian Arabic.
Nora: [Normal] بتعرف تتكلم إنجليزي؟(bteʿraf tetkallem ʾenǧlīzī?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'can you'
Nora: [Normal] بتعرف [Slow] بتعرف (bteʿraf)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'speak'
Nora: [Normal] تتكلم [Slow] تتكلم(tetkallem)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Nora: [Normal] إنجليزي [Slow] إنجليزي(ʾenǧlīzī)
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Can you speak English?'
Nora: [Slow] بتعرف تتكلم إنجليزي؟ [Normal] بتعرف تتكلم إنجليزي؟
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a woman. Here's the way to ask, 'Can you speak English? (speaking to a woman)'
Nora: [Normal] بتعرفي تتكلمي إنجليزي؟(bteʿrafī tetkallemī ʾenǧlīzī?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Can you '
Nora: [Normal] بتعرفي [Slow] بتعرفي (beteʿrafī)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'speak'
Nora: [Normal] تتكلمي [Slow] تتكلمي(tetkallemī)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Nora: [Normal] إنجليزي [Slow] إنجليزي(ʾenǧlīzī)
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Can you speak English? (speaking to a woman)'
Nora: [Slow] بتعرفي تتكلمي إنجليزي؟ [Normal] بتعرفي تتكلمي إنجليزي؟
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'Yes, I speak English.'
Nora: [Normal] أيوة, بعرف أتكلم إنجليزي.(ʾaywah, baʿraf ʾatkallem ʾenǧlīzī.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'Yes'
Nora: [Normal] أيوة [Slow] أيوة(ʾaywah)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I can'
Nora: [Normal] بعرف [Slow] بعرف(baʿraf)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'speak'
Nora: [Normal] أتكلم [Slow] أتكلم(ʾatkallem)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Nora: [Normal] إنجليزي [Slow] إنجليزي(ʾenǧelīzī)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'Yes, I speak English.'
Nora: [Slow] أيوة, بعرف أتكلم إنجليزي. [Normal] أيوة, بعرف أتكلم إنجليزي.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'No, I don't speak English.'
Nora: [Normal] لا مبعرفش أتكلم أنجليزي.(lā mabaʿrafš ʾatkallem ʾenǧelīzī.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'No'
Nora: [Normal] لا [Slow] لا(lā)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I can't'
Nora: [Normal] مبعرفش [Slow] مبعرفش(mabaʿrafš)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'speak'
Nora: [Normal] أتكلم [Slow] أتكلم(ʾatkallem)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'English'
Nora: [Normal] إنجليزي [Slow] إنجليزي(ʾenǧelīzī)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'No, I don't speak English.'
Nora: [Slow] لا مبعرفش أتكلم أنجليزي. [Normal] لا مبعرفش أتكلم أنجليزي.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nora: Most Egyptians speak English in this day and age, depending on their education and age of course. It's very important to know the language to be able to at least understand what the people around you are saying.

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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Try using this phrase to ask about a different language!

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Saturday at 04:23 AM
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Hi Nuril,


The romanization is only for reference. It can never really describe how Arabic is actually pronounced, so I advise you to listen to the audio and take that as a reference. People pronounce English in these 2 different ways, so they are both correct.


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Nuril Ahmed
Thursday at 03:09 AM
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aywah, baʿraf ʾatkallem ʾenǧlīzī.

lā mabaʿrafš ʾatkallem ʾenǧelīzī.


أَيْوَة, بَعرَف أَتكَلِّم إنجليزي

لا مَبَعرَفش أَتكَلِّم إنجِليزي.

why i the romanization of the word "English" different?

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Friday at 01:36 PM
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Hi Michael,


In Egyptian Arabic, "na'am" means "excuse me". So if you want to say "yes" in Egyptian Arabic, you gotta say "aywah"


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Michael Choe
Wednesday at 02:47 AM
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can you say nam instead of aywah?