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Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Egypt is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple expressions that are sure to come in handy throughout your trip to Egypt. I can’t stress this enough: A little a bit of language can go a long way!
In Egyptian Arabic, the most simple way of saying “Thank you” is
Let’s break it down:
(slow) shok-ran.
Once more:
shokran is a verb, and the dictionary form is yashkur which in English will be translated as “to thank”. So literally translated, the word shokran means “thank”.
Another simple and common way of saying “Thanks” is the French word Merci pronounced in an Egyptian way.
Let’s break it down
( slow)Mer-ci (roll the “r”almost like in Spanish)
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There will be occasions when you will wish to express your gratitude in a more polite and appreciative manner, and then you should use the expression shokran gaziilan.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) shok-ran ga-zii-lan.
Once more:
shokran gaziilan.
The second word gaziilan means “a lot” or “much” therefore the English equivalent for shokran gaziilan is “Thank you a lot”.
You can also show gratitude by adding the word awy which means “strongly” to the word merci, so that altogether it means something like “Thanks a lot”. But keep in mind that merci and merci awy are usually used in casual conversations.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) merci awy.
Once more:
merci awy.