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Hi everyone, my name is Peryhan and this is the Egyptian Arabic weekly words. So today’s theme is fruits, الفاكهة (alfakiha).
As you know I am from Egypt and the most popular foods we have there is Oranges and Bananas mainly because they are cheap. So if you want to know how to say your favorite food in Arabic, please keep on watching.
[البرقو ق] Plum
[ālbarqūq] plum
جدتي بتعرف تعمل مربة برقوق لذيذة.
ǧeddetī beteʿraf teʿmel murabbah barqūq laḏīḏah.
My grandma can make a delicious plum jam.
[شمام] Melon
[šammām] Melon.
رحت للسوبرماركت واشتريت شمامة.
[ruḥt llsūbarmārket w eštarīt šammāmah.]
I went to the supermarket and I bought a melon
[تفاح] Apple.
[tufaāḥ] Apple
التفاح مفيد للصحة.
[eltuffāḥ mufīd lelṣeḥḥah.]
Apples are good for the health and as you know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
[المانجة] Mango
that is Mango as you can guess.
صديقتي من الفلبين جابتلي مانجة فليبينية.
[ṣadīqtī men el-felebīn ǧābetlī mānǧah flībīneyyah.]
My friend from the Philippines bought me a Filipino mango which is very delicious, please try it.
[الموز] Banana
[ālmūz] Banana
الموز أرخص أنواع المانجة.
[elmooz ʾarḫaṣ ʾanwāʿ el-mānǧah.]
Bananas are the cheapest kind of fruit.
So the word banana is actually of an Arabic origin and banan it means basically a finger because Arabs thought that bananas are just like fingers. So they just called it banan or banana.
So I hope you liked this lesson. This is the end of it and please comment below about your favorite fruit in Arabic and don’t forget to subscribe and visit our website. Thank you, bye bye and I would like just to share with you that my favorite fruit is strawberry because you know my name is Berry Han, come on! I cannot English please, please!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Friday at 12:27 AM
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Hi Soqra,

Lovely question!

Indeed Banana is "al-mooz" in Arabic.

The word banana is said to have been derived from the Arabic word "banan" meaning finger :D and that's what Peryhan meant.



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Hi Gordon,

We apologize for the confusion. You can tell which dialect a series is in from the lesson description of the first lesson. Different students have different goals and it's important for us to cater to as much students as we can.

Regarding the different between dialects, I recommend our new series Ask a teacher which has insights on the difference between dialects and how to choose the suitable one for you.


I hope this helps.


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Friday at 01:04 AM
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Thanks for the lesson,

Almoz or Banana,

Which word is Arabic, as I noticed the former is Arabic, but the teacher just explained the English word "Banana" with Arabic etymology. How could it be possible?

Thursday at 10:54 PM
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AS YOU SAID THIS IS EGYPTIAN ARABIC - HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS FROM STANDARD MODERN ARABIC? why do you mix the various arabic languages spoken in your lessons and throughout the world. For a non native arab who wants to learn the language this practice compounds the difficulty of remembering the vocabulary.

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Tuesday at 08:08 PM
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Hi Marat,

It is interesting indeed!


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Saturday at 11:16 PM
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banan, because the teacher told the etymology of the word, what makes the learning process more interesting:)