Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

INTRODUCTION
Egypt’s monetary unit is the Egyptian pound.
Denominations include coins for 5, 10, 25, 50 piastres and bills for 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Egyptian pounds. Egyptian pounds is abbreviated as L.E.
GRAMMAR POINT
Let’s say some prices in Egyptian Arabic. It won’t be too difficult. Let’s start with 1 pound.
geneeh
(slow) geneeh.
geneeh.
جنيه
15 pounds will sound like this:
ḫamastaashar geneeh. The word geneeh is never used in its plural form in Egyptian Arabic when it is used as a quantifier, so just use it the way it is, and put the number you want before it.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) ḫamastaashar geneeh.
ḫamastaashar geneeh.
خمستاشر جنيه
If you go up to hundreds or thousands, just try to remember our previous lessons about counting.
We’ve already learned that “a hundred” in Egyptian Arabic is meyya.
230 pounds is meteen w talateen geneeh.
(slow) meteen w talateen geneeh.
meteen w talateen geneeh.
ميتين وتلاتين جنيه
meteen means two hundred. It has a different form from 300 to 900.
So 300 is tolto meyya, 400 is robʿo meyya and so on.
Note how all the vowels in the word before meyya turn into o.
“A thousand” in Egyptian Arabic is
alf.
(slow) alf.
alf.
ألف
For 2000 , we’ll put een at the end of alf. So 2000 is alfeen.
Now for a slightly more complicated number, “5420 pounds”: ḫamastalaaf w robʿomeyya w ʿeshreen geneeh.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ḫamastalaaf w robʿomeyya w ʿeshreen geneeh.
Once more:
ḫamastalaaf w robʿomeyya w ʿeshreen geneeh.
خمستالاف ربعمية و عشرين جنيه
The prices in Egypt also include the piastres units, for example 5 piastres and 50 piastres, which is half a pound. In Egyptian Arabic, “5.5 pounds” sounds like this:
ḫamsa geneeh w nos.
(slow) ḫamsa geneeh w nos.
ḫamsa geneeh w nos.
ḫamsa geneeh means “5 pounds”
and nos means “half”.
Altogether, it’s
ḫamsa geneeh w nos.

3 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

ArabicPod101.com Verified
Monday at 06:30 PM
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi listeners! Have you ever seen or used Egyptian bills and coins?

ArabicPod101.com
Wednesday at 11:29 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Ana,


Thank you for posting.

It's a monetary unit.


We hope you liked the lesson.

Cheers,

Lena

Team ArabicPod101.com

Ana
Tuesday at 11:30 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

What is piastres