Useful Egyptian Arabic phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Egyptian Arabic, the variety of colloquial Arabic spoken in Egypt.

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Key to abbreviations: m = said by men, f = said by women, >m = said to men, >f = said to women, pl = said to more than one person.

English (Egyptian Arabic) ألعامّيّة ألعريّة ألمصريّة
Welcome (ahlan wa sahlan) أهلاً و سهلاً
(General greeting)
(is salām 'alaykum) ألسّلام عليكم
rsp - (wa 'alaykum is salām) وعليكم السّلام
(ahlan wa sahlan) أهلاً و سهلاً
rsp - (ahlan beek) أهلاً بيك
inf - (ahlan) أهلاً
How are you? m - (izayyak) إزّيّك؟
f - (izayyik) إزّيّك؟
pl - (izayyuku) إزّيّك؟
m - ('aamil ey?) عامل إيه؟
f - ('amla ey?) عامل إيه؟
pl - ('amleen ey?) عامل إيه؟
Reply to 'How are you?' m - (kwayyis, al hamdulillah. wa inta) كويّس، الحمد لله. وأنت؟
f - (kwayyisa, al hamdulillah. wa inti) كويّس، الحمد لله. وأنت؟
Long time no see  
What's your name? m - (Ismak ey?) إسمك إيه؟
f - (Ismik ey?) إسمك إيه؟
My name is ... (ismee ...) اسمي...
Where are you from? m - (Inta minayn?) إنت منين؟
f - (Inti minayn?) إنت منين؟
I'm from ... (ana min ...) أنا من ...
Pleased to meet you (fursa sa'ida) فرصة سعيدة
response - (ana al'asad) أنا الأسعد
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
(ṣabā il kẖayr) صباح الخير
response - (ṣabā in noor) صباح النّور
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
(misa' il kẖayr) مساء الخير
response - (misa' in noor) مساء النّور
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
(misa' il kẖayr) مساء الخير
response - (misa' in noor) مساء النّور
Good night (tiṣbaḥ 'ala kẖayr) تصبح على خير
response - (winta min ahla) وأنت من أهله
(Parting phrases)
(ma'is salāma) مع السّلامة
(bai) باي
Good luck (hazz sa'eed) حظ سعيد!
(Toasts used when drinking)
good health - (fee saḥitkum) في صحتكم!
Have a nice day (youm sa'eed) يوم سعيد
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
(bil hana wish shifa'!) بالهنا و الشفاء!
rsp m - (allah yihanneek) الله يهنّيك
rsp mf - (allah yihanneeki) الله يهنّيك
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
(tirooh wa tigi bis salaama!) تروح و تيجي بالسّلامة!
rsp m - (allah yisallimak) الله يسلّمك
rsp f - (allah yisallimik) الله يسلّمك
I understand m - (ana faahim) أنا فاهم
f - (ana fahma) أنا فاهم
I don't understand (lā afaham) لا أفهم
m - (ana miš faahim) أنا مش فاهم
f - (ana miš fahma) أنا مش فاهم
I don't know (ma'arafsh) معرفش
Please speak more slowly (mumkin titkallim bilrrāha) ممكن تتكلّم بالرّاحة
Please say that again m -(mumkin ti'ool taani?) ممكن تقول ثاني؟
f - (mumkin ti'oolee taani?) ممكن تقول ثاني؟
Please write it down m - (mumkin tiktibuh?) ممكن تكتبه؟
f - (mumkin tiktibeeh?) ممكن تكتبه؟
Do you speak Arabic? m - (bititkallim 'arabi?) بتتكلّم عربي
f - (bititkallimee 'arabi?) بتتكلّم عربي
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
How do you say ... in Arabic? (izzay a' ool ...?) إزّاي أقول ...؟
Excuse me m - ('an iznak) عن إزنك!
f - ('an iznik) عن إزنك!
pl - ('an izniku) عن إزنك!
How much is this? (bikam da?) بكم ده؟
Sorry m - (aasif) آسف!
f - (aasifa) آسف!
Please (low samaht) لو سمحت
Thank you (shukrān) ﺷﻜﺮﺍﹰ
(mut shakkrān) متشكّرين
(shukrān gazēlan) ﺷﻜﺮﺍﹰ جزيلاً
Reply to thank you ('afwan) عفواً
Where's the toilet? (el-ḥammām fain?) الحمام فين؟
This gentleman will pay for everything
This lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I love you >m - (ana baħibbak) ٲنَا بحِبَّك
>f - (ana baħibbik) ٲنَا بَحِبِّك
Leave me alone!
Help! (ilHaʿni!) اإلحقني!
Fire! (Hareeʿ!) حريق!
Stop! (uʿaf!) أقف!
Call the police! (itaṣṣal bil bulees) إتّصل بالبوليس!
Birthday greetings كل سنة و إنت طيّب
>m (kull sana wa inta tayyib)
كل سنة و إنت طيّب
>f (kull sana wa inti tayyiba)
و إنت طيّب
rsp >m - (wa inta tayyib)
و إنت طيّب
rsp >f (wa inti tayyiba)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
One language is never enough لغة وحدة بس ماتكفيش ابداً
(lo3'a wa7da bass matkafeesh abdan)

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