4 Arabic Words You Should Know Before Visiting Egypt

Egyptians have a unique way of saying and doing things that you simply cannot find anywhere else, making Egyptian colloquial Arabic distinct from other Arabic dialects.
When choosing Egypt as your travel destination, learning a little Egyptian Arabic will go a long way and probably end up saving you money as well. This is because Egyptians are known for being the vivacious and joyful people that they are.
Egypt has a large population of 110 million people and is still growing. Only a small portion of this population can communicate in English, though it is common to find Egyptians who work in the tourism industry who can speak more than three languages fluently.

However, you will discover that many people do not speak any other language and communication can be difficult at times, so learning a little Arabic is ideal and will most likely be a lot of fun because Egyptian Arabic is a beautiful language that is not difficult to learn.

So, what Arabic words should you learn before embarking on your enchanted journey to the land of the pharaohs?


While exploring the streets of Egypt, you will come across many magnificent products and things that you may have never seen before, so learning how to ask how much things cost can help you a lot, so whenever you see something and want to know the price, simply say “kam?” which translates to how much.


Egyptians are very polite and sensitive people, so it is important to be as kind and nice as possible when asking for something, so learning how to use “mumkim” can really help with whatever you are trying to ask for, as “mumkin” translates to “can I please.”


Egyptians are very polite and generous; many people on the streets will gladly stop what they are doing to help you with directions or simple things that you may require; learning Shokan is therefore essential, as Shokran is how to say thank you in Arabic.

 “IsmaK eh?”

When you meet a really cool Egyptian person and want to get a little personal with them, ask them for their name, so learning “ismaK eh?” is a great way to start a conversation as it translates to what is your name?

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