Egyptian Arabic Dictionary


About this dictionary

I would like to thank all of the people who helped me to create this dictionary: Shaimaa and Khaled Adel, Walaa Bakir, Yasmin Musallam, Rana el Hindy, Suze Labib, Zeina el Sarrag, Reem el Gohary, Monzer abu el Yazeed, Mariam Ghattas, Sanaa al Hady, Amani Mokhtar... not forgetting the crew of the Red Sea Star, the shopkeepers in Hurghada... and even a couple of taxi drivers!

The logo was designed by Khaled Adel.

A big thankyou also to the software wizards who developed the tools that I used to build the database and the deliverables:

compilerlcc-32Jakob Navia et alwww.cs.virginia.edu/~lcc-win32
databasesqliteD. Richard Hipp www.sqlite.org
mp3 encoderlameMark Taylor et allame.sourceforge.net
html/php/javascript editorpspadJan Fialawww.pspad.com
PDF generatorpdf reactorwww.pdfreactor.com
icon editoricoFxAttila Kovrigwww.icofx.ro
sqlite editorsqlite expertBogdan Urechewww.sqliteexpert.com

Egyptian is a dialect of arabic spoken by 85 million people who are spread along a narrow strip of land beside 1500km of the river Nile. Egyptian arabic is a living, ever-changing language; it's not taught in schools and it's rarely written down.

As a result, there are considerable variations in vocabulary and pronunciation. Let's not talk about spelling :-/. The details in this dictionary have been checked and cross-checked, but there will always be mistakes and inconsistencies.

The dictionary is supplied 'as is': you are welcome to use it on condition that you do not hold me responsible for any loss, injury or embarrassment that may result from its use.

If you notice any errors or omissions or have suggestions for improvements, please let us know via the Contact us page.

Mike Green