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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Must-Know Egyptian Arabic Social Media Phrases Season 1, Lesson 14 - Talking About Your Baby.
Becky: Hi everyone, I'm Becky.
Amr: And I'm Amr.
Becky: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Egyptian Arabic about a picture of a smiling baby. Mona plays with her baby, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Amr: تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: Meaning - "Who do you think he will take after?" Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
منى: تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
(clicking sound)
مراد: يتربى بالهنا إن شاء الله. (yetrabbā belhanā ʾen šāʾ el-lh.)
سيف: هو مش كل الأطفال شبه بعض؟ (huwwa meš kul el-ʾaṭfāl šabah baʿḍ?)
شيرين: المهم ميطلعش شبه أمير هههه. (elmuhem mayeṭlaʿš šabah ʾamīr hahahah.)
ملك: جميل و شبهكو إنتو الإتنين ما شاء الله. (ǧamīl wa šabahkū ʾentū el-ʾetnīn mā šāʾ el-lh.)
Becky: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
منى: تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: "Who do you think he will take after?"
(clicking sound)
مراد: يتربى بالهنا إن شاء الله. (yetrabbā belhanā ʾen šāʾ el-lh.)
Becky: "May you raise him felicitously with the will of God."
سيف: هو مش كل الأطفال شبه بعض؟ (huwwa meš kul el-ʾaṭfāl šabah baʿḍ?)
Becky: "Don't all children just look alike?"
شيرين: المهم ميطلعش شبه أمير هههه. (elmuhem mayeṭlaʿš šabah ʾamīr hahahah.)
Becky: "The important thing is that he doesn't take after Amir, haha."
ملك: جميل و شبهكو إنتو الإتنين ما شاء الله. (ǧamīl wa šabahkū ʾentū el-ʾetnīn mā šāʾ el-lh.)
Becky: "He is beautiful, and he takes after you two."
POST
Becky: Listen again to Mona's post.
Amr: تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: "Who do you think he will take after?"
Amr: (SLOW) تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?) (Regular) تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "Who do you think."
Amr: تفتكرو (teftekrū)
Becky: This expression literally means "do you remember," but in Egyptian Arabic it’s an idiom that means "do you think that…." Listen again - "Who do you think " is...
Amr: (SLOW) تفتكرو (teftekrū) (REGULAR) تفتكرو (teftekrū)
Becky: Then comes the phrase - "He will take after."
Amr: هيطلع شبه مين؟ (hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: This expression is also an idiom. This verb+noun combination literally means "will go up like someone," but it actually means to take after somebody. Listen again - "He will take after" is...
Amr: (SLOW) هيطلع شبه مين؟ (hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?) (REGULAR) هيطلع شبه مين؟ (hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
Becky: All together, "Who do you think he will take after?"
Amr: تفتكرو هيطلع شبه مين؟ (teftekrū hayeṭlaʿ šabah mīn?)
COMMENTS
Becky: In response, Mona's friends leave some comments.
Becky: Her supervisor, Morad, uses an expression meaning - "May you raise him felicitously with the will of God."
Amr: (SLOW) يتربى بالهنا إن شاء الله. (yetrabbā belhanā ʾen šāʾ el-lh.) (REGULAR) يتربى بالهنا إن شاء الله. (yetrabbā belhanā ʾen šāʾ el-lh.)
[Pause]
Amr: يتربى بالهنا إن شاء الله. (yetrabbā belhanā ʾen šāʾ el-lh.)
Becky: Use this expression to sound old-fashioned.
Becky: Her college friend, Seif, uses an expression meaning - "Don't all children just look alike?"
Amr: (SLOW) هو مش كل الأطفال شبه بعض؟ (huwwa meš kul el-ʾaṭfāl šabah baʿḍ?) (REGULAR) هو مش كل الأطفال شبه بعض؟ (huwwa meš kul el-ʾaṭfāl šabah baʿḍ?)
[Pause]
Amr: هو مش كل الأطفال شبه بعض؟ (huwwa meš kul el-ʾaṭfāl šabah baʿḍ?)
Becky: Use this expression to show you're feeling frivolous.
Becky: Her high school friend, Shereen, uses an expression meaning - "The important thing is that he doesn't take after Amir, haha."
Amr: (SLOW) المهم ميطلعش شبه أمير هههه. (elmuhem mayeṭlaʿš šabah ʾamīr hahahah.) (REGULAR) المهم ميطلعش شبه أمير هههه. (elmuhem mayeṭlaʿš šabah ʾamīr hahahah.)
[Pause]
Amr: المهم ميطلعش شبه أمير هههه. (elmuhem mayeṭlaʿš šabah ʾamīr hahahah.)
Becky: Use this expression to sound funny.
Becky: Her neighbor, Malak, uses an expression meaning - "He is beautiful, and he takes after you two."
Amr: (SLOW) جميل و شبهكو إنتو الإتنين ما شاء الله. (ǧamīl wa šabahkū ʾentū el-ʾetnīn mā šāʾ el-lh.) (REGULAR) جميل و شبهكو إنتو الإتنين ما شاء الله. (ǧamīl wa šabahkū ʾentū el-ʾetnīn mā šāʾ el-lh.)
[Pause]
Amr: جميل و شبهكو إنتو الإتنين ما شاء الله. (ǧamīl wa šabahkū ʾentū el-ʾetnīn mā šāʾ el-lh.)
Becky: Use this expression to show you're feeling warmhearted.

Outro

Becky: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about a smiling baby picture, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Amr: Salam!

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If a friend posted something about a smiling baby picture which phrase would you use?