Egyptian Arabic (لغة مصرية
عامية or مصري)
Egyptian Arabic is a variety of the Arabic language of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It originated in the Nile Delta in Lower Egypt around the capital Cairo. Descended from the spoken Arabic brought to Egypt during the AD seventh-century Muslim conquest, its development was influenced mainly by the indigenous Copto-Egyptian language of pre-Islamic Egypt, and later by other languages such as Turkish, French and English. Egyptian Arabic is spoken by more than 76 million people in Egypt. It is also understood across most of the Arab World due to the predominance of Egyptian media, making it the most widely spoken and one of the most widely studied varieties of Arabic.
The terms Egyptian Arabic and Masri are usually used synonymously with "Cairene Arabic", the dialect of the Egyptian capital. The country's native name, Ma?r, is used locally to refer to the capital Cairo itself. Similar to the role played by Parisian French, Masri is by far the most dominant in all areas of national life. While it is essentially a spoken language, it is encountered in written form in novels, plays, poems (vernacular literature) as well as in comics, advertising, some newspapers and transcriptions of popular songs. In most other written media and in TV news reporting, a standard register of Classical Arabic is used. The Egyptian vernacular is normally written in the Arabic alphabet for local consumption, although it is commonly transcribed into Latin letters or in the International Phonetic Alphabet in linguistics text and textbooks aimed at teaching non-native learners.
Egyptian Arabic on whatamieating.com
To find foods and foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Egyptian you may search by any of the following terms:
Africa African Arabic Egypt Egyptian North Northern لغة مصرية
عامية or مصري Logha Mi?riyya AAmeyya & logha mā?reyya Ameya
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using other terms such as "Arabic''.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of safflower stamens, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'safflower Egypt' and then click on 'Translate from English'
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so other searches, such as 'Arabic' should result in a successful search.
Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.
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