Egyptian Arabic

Arabic dialect spoken in Egypt

Egyptian Arabic (Ma مصري) is a dialect of the Arabic language, one of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.

Egyptian Arabic
اللغه المصريه الحديثه
Pronunciation[elˈloɣæ l.mɑsˤˈɾejjɑ l.ħæˈdisæ]
Native toEgypt
Native speakers
58,412,000 (2014)[1]
Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3arz
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It came from the people living in the Nile Delta in Lower Egypt around the capital Cairo. It originates from the spoken Arabic brought to Egypt during the AD 7th-century Muslim conquest of North Africa.

Egyptian Arabic was formed also of Copto-Egyptian language of pre-Islamic Egypt,[2][3][4] and other languages such as Italian and French. Egyptian Arabic is officially recognized as the national language of the Egyptian government. More than 76 million people in Egypt speak Egyptian Arabic. Also, many people in the Middle East can understand it.


  1. Egyptian Arabic at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. Nishio, Tetsuo. "Word order and word order change of wh-questions in Egyptian Arabic: The Coptic substratum reconsidered". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of L'Association Internationale pour la Dialectologie Arabe. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 1996, pp. 171-179
  3. Bishai, Wilson B. "Coptic grammatical influence on Egyptian Arabic". Journal of the American Oriental Society. No.82, pp. 285-289.
  4. Youssef (2003), below.