Published August 29, 2017
This video was submitted by Youssef Madkour in New York City, USA, where he lives. Egyptian Arabic, also known as Maṣri or simply Egyptian, is spoken by as many as 65 million people, primarily in the North African nation of Egypt, and by diaspora communities around the world. A Semitic language like Hebrew and Amharic, Egyptian emerged at the convergence of the Greek and Coptic (Ancient Egyptian) languages with Classical Arabic, which arrived following the Islamic conquest of Egypt in the 7th century. Though it is chiefly a vernacular language, Egyptian is one of the few colloquial Arabic varieties to enjoy a lively media culture, featuring in theater, popular literature, and news outlets.