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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Egyptian Arabic Season 1, Lesson 8 - Talking About Your Age. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask someone's age and to say yours in Egyptian Arabic.
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Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'How old are you? (speaking to a man)' in Egyptian Arabic.
Nora: [Normal] عندك كام سنة؟(ʿandak kām sanah?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'You have'
Nora: [Normal] عندك [Slow] عندك (ʿandak)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'how many'
Nora: [Normal] كام [Slow] كام(kām)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'year'
Nora: [Normal] سنة؟ [Slow] سنة؟(sanah)
Becky: Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How old are you?
Nora: [Slow] عندك كام سنة؟ [Normal] عندك كام سنة؟
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a woman. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How old are you? (speaking to a woman)'
Nora: [Normal] عندك كام سنة؟(ʿandik kām sanah?)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'You have'
Nora: [Normal] عندك [Slow] عندك (ʿandik)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'how many'
Nora: [Normal] كام [Slow] كام(kām)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'year'
Nora: [Normal] سَنة [Slow] سَنة(sanah?)
Becky: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How old are you? (speaking to a woman)'
Nora: [Slow] عندك كام سنة؟ [Normal] عندك كام سنة؟
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am 17.'
Nora: [Normal] عندي 17 سنة.(ʿandii sabaʿtāšar sanah)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I have'
Nora: [Normal] عندي [Slow] عندي(ʿandii)
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'seventeen'
Nora: [Normal] سبعتاشر [Slow] سبعتاشر(sabaʿtāšar)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'years'
Nora: [Normal] سنة [Slow] سنة(sanah)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I am 17.'
Nora: [Slow] عندي 17 سنة. [Normal] عندي 17 سنة.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I won't tell you.'
Nora: [Normal] مش هاقولَّك(mesh ha'ollak.)
Becky: First is a word meaning 'won't'
Nora: [Normal] مش [Slow] مش(mesh)
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'tell you'
Nora: [Normal] هاقولََك [Slow] هاقولََك(ha'ollak)
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I won't tell you.'
Nora: [Slow] مش هاقولَّك [Normal] مش هاقولَّك
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Nora: Talking about age isn't a big issue in Egypt. It's normal to ask about people's age. So go right ahead!

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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Hi Listeners! How old are you?

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Tuesday at 06:29 AM
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Hi Baraka,


و أنا عندي ثمانية وعشرون عاماً. اليوم عيد ميلادي!


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Baraka
Wednesday at 04:09 AM
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عمري عشرون سنة

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Tuesday at 02:06 AM
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Hi Ana,


It would be mesh ha'ollek.


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Ana
Thursday at 03:12 PM
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If talking to a female would it be mesh hallolik? Is this correct?

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Thursday at 06:21 AM
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Hi Nahuel,


Great question.

In MSA, this should be:

عُمري تِسعَة و عِشرونَ سَنَة


and in Egyptian Arabic:

عَندي تِسعَة و عِشرين سَنَة


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Nahuel Vento
Wednesday at 11:52 PM
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Hello, everyone. Im' a bit confused about the age. Could you please help me?

I have seen several ways to ask and respond to the question of the age.

In my case, I'm 29 years old. How could I say that in Standard and Masri?

عندي تسعة و عشرون سناواتن

Is it right? I'm still dealing with the basics of the language.

Thank you!