+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 76



  1. #1
    Advanced BHUZzer flimflamgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Gainesville FL
    Posts
    1,817

    Good Egyptian Words To Know

    I was thinking that it would be a cool thing to compile a list of words and phrases that commonly appear in Egyptian pop songs. I'd like to ask the Arabic speakers here for their help with that..since I don't, um, actually speak any Arabic. So...anyone want to pitch in, help a dancer out?

    - Leela


  2. #2
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Lauren_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    14,534

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Someone's already done such a brilliant job of this:

    Egyptian Arabic Dialect Course


  3. #3
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Zumarrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    12,472
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    I don't speak Arabic. However:

    behebek: I love you
    Leili: my night
    omri: my life
    hayarti: my life
    hob-i: my love
    habibi: my darling
    albi: my heart
    albek: your heart
    enta: you are
    ana: I, me
    mashi: OK
    aini: my eye (I think)
    ainek: your eye (s?)
    nour: light
    nar: fire
    giraho: wound


  4. #4
    Master BHUZzer shems's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Baltimore, MD, USA
    Posts
    4,516

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Arabic Dictionary of Music

    take a look at this site


  5. #5
    Master BHUZzer nasila's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3,759

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    this thread rocks! :)


  6. #6
    Master BHUZzer Monica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    3,498

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Dare I say...Sharmoot/Sharmoota=Whore (male/female).

    If ya hear the band say it behind you, it is time to throw daggers. I have a friend who uses it in a very campy way, but otherwise...no!


  7. #7
    Master BHUZzer nasila's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3,759

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    la = no
    eshta = creamy (slang for good life and/or hashish)
    fakkir = remember
    wahid/wahida = one
    sukra (sukara) = sugar
    helwa = sweet
    Last edited by nasila; 07-22-2008 at 11:48 AM. Reason: add a few


  8. #8
    Advanced BHUZzer mrsnj20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cincinnati, ohio
    Posts
    1,138

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    iowa-yes
    bint-girl
    yalla-let's go
    succran-thank you
    kef-how
    gahaba(sp?) another word that means whore
    helewa- beautiful, more like sexy
    gameela(egyptian)-beautiful


  9. #9
    Advanced BHUZzer Nepenthe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,994

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    everything I can think of right now...

    to expand on bint - the plural is banat.
    for boy, it's walla, but it's rude to call a man that. or it might be playful..or it might be calling a girl a boy in a song like they do.
    oh, there's a popular song called Ana Eznak Ya Mialm and another Saad song that references Mialm - it means "boss".

    And any word that starts with a J in another dialect might start with a G in egyptian dialect. So Jameela = Gameela.

    Also there's all these in Egyptian dialect
    schweya - it means "a little" or "somewhat"
    kidda = I think it means "like this"
    masr / masri / masreya = egypt / egyptian / egyptian (f)
    ma ' aya = means "with me"
    ma ' ayek = means "with you"

    and I think Mashallah means something is very cool or very good. I hope - I have said it a few times.

    and Tasharafna means it is an honor to meet you. people seem to get a kick out of this when you say it! I think this is in Modern Standard but people understood it in Egypt.


  10. #10
    Advanced BHUZzer Nepenthe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,994

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    also I just found this site..
    Islamic Expressions - Islamic Phrases


  11. #11
    Established BHUZzer CFerhat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    737

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    insh'allah - God willing, if God wills it

    Found in pop songs and very common in everyday conversation. My favorite use - giving a taxi driver an address, and him responding insh'allah. God willing we'll get there LOL.
    Last edited by CFerhat; 07-22-2008 at 09:43 AM.


  12. #12
    Advanced BHUZzer mrsnj20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cincinnati, ohio
    Posts
    1,138

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    everything I can think of right now...

    to expand on bint - the plural is banat.
    for boy, it's walla, but it's rude to call a man that. or it might be playful..or it might be calling a girl a boy in a song like they do.
    oh, there's a popular song called Ana Eznak Ya Mialm and another Saad song that references Mialm - it means "boss".

    And any word that starts with a J in another dialect might start with a G in egyptian dialect. So Jameela = Gameela.

    Also there's all these in Egyptian dialect
    schweya - it means "a little" or "somewhat"
    kidda = I think it means "like this"
    masr / masri / masreya = egypt / egyptian / egyptian (f)
    ma ' aya = means "with me"
    ma ' ayek = means "with you"

    and I think Mashallah means something is very cool or very good. I hope - I have said it a few times.

    and Tasharafna means it is an honor to meet you. people seem to get a kick out of this when you say it! I think this is in Modern Standard but people understood it in Egypt.
    "i swear" is walla isn't it? actually I know it's pronounced like that though I may be spelling it wrong.

    I thought whaled was boy.


  13. #13
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Lauren_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    St. Louis, MO, USA
    Posts
    14,534

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    I thought the male equivalent of Bint was Ibn? (technically daughter/son) but I guess that's being too precise.

    Roh (soul) or Rohi (my soul) comes up often in songs.
    Have we forgotten Habibi? (my darling, used like 'baby' in American songs?)

    na'am - formal 'yes'
    Aiwa! - informal 'yeah'

    w or wa = 'and'


  14. #14
    Advanced BHUZzer flimflamgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Gainesville FL
    Posts
    1,817

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    This is great! So what about:

    - Mesh/mashi
    - the word or phrase that sounds like "a wiss"
    - "Ya walla". Is that just kind of an exclamation of fun?
    - "Haram aleiki". I know that Haram means forbidden. But "aleiki"? And the two together?


  15. #15
    Ultimate BHUZzer *Shira*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Posts
    7,674

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Haram pronounced as "HAR em" means "pyramid", as in Haram Street which was known in the past for being "nightclub row"

    Haram pronounced as "huh RAHM" means "forbidden" or "immoral", as in it's haram to have a career as a belly dancer.

    In the Arabic alphabet, the two words are written differently, and easily recognizable as being two entirely different words. As noted above, they're pronounced differently, too. It's only when we transliterate into Roman alphabet that they appear to be the same word.


  16. #16
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Zumarrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    12,472
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Mesh/mashi
    Like I said above, "OK". But I gather mishmish means "rarely" and also "apricot", so...

    I am going to make a wild stab and say "haram aleiki" is something like "it's forbidden to be with me." Becuase aleikum is "with you", isn't it?

    Maktoob = destined (ie written).
    kalami = talking


  17. #17
    Master BHUZzer Monica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    3,498

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    MaHshee means stuffed (hard H sound), maashi (long A sound) means okay. I was corrected several times about this in Egypt, once by a 3 year old. It was funny, but also made me realize how dang close they are.

    There are also several forms of the verb masha (no long vowel sounds), meaning to leave or to depart. This verb comes up in songs lot.

    To me these three words can be confusing. :) I'll write them up in Arabic if I get a chance, I think bhuz can take Arabic script?



    I helped stuff a lot of vegetables one summer!
    Last edited by Monica; 07-22-2008 at 06:49 PM. Reason: clarity, insha'llah!


  18. #18
    A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single post. Zumarrad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Posts
    12,472
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Having three year olds correct you must be awesome. I've never lived in a non-English speaking country. I knew a guy once who lived in France, with a family of young girls. Spoke English at work, his limited French with the family. The girls tormented him about his pronunciation relentlessly, with the result that by the time he left after a year, he sounded like a native Parisian, albeit an intellectually handicapped one.


  19. #19
    Master BHUZzer Monica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Posts
    3,498

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by zumarrad View Post
    Having three year olds correct you must be awesome. I've never lived in a non-English speaking country.
    Nothing like it. Other adults? They think it is the best thing in the world and will talk about it for months, maybe even forever.

    There have been a few times in my life when I was in non-English speaking countries for extended periods that I realized that I was being perceived as some developmentally disabled relative of the person I was with. This happened a few times in Cairo being led around by Egyptian family and friends. I guess it is better than being seen as a tourist. Well, maybe not better, but different!


  20. #20
    Established BHUZzer jilyan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    612

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    and I think Mashallah means something is very cool or very good. I hope - I have said it a few times.
    hi, as I understand it "Mashallah" = "god has willed it", in a very cool or very good way

    great thread!!


  21. #21
    Mega BHUZzer yasmindiab's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,061

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Yes, pronounciation is VITAL.

    one wrong vowel sound is the difference between salad and prayer.

    :)


    Um...
    Ahlan wa Sahlan= hello/welcome (response: Ahlan bik/bikki (male/female)

    minfudlik/minfudluk (forgive my phoenetic spelling)= please

    shukkran= thank you
    afwan= your welcome

    lemoaHzah= excuse me

    ya ustez= Sir/Mister
    ya madame= Ma'am
    y'annessa= Miss (again forgive the phonetics)

    Are you ready for this one?
    "Ana mebefhamsh." = I don't understand.

    Ana befham= I understand.

    Ok, I'll stop. ;) lol


  22. #22
    Advanced BHUZzer leylalanty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
    Posts
    1,523

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by jilyan View Post
    hi, as I understand it "Mashallah" = "god has willed it", in a very cool or very good way

    great thread!!
    Mashallah also is used for "God Bless"


  23. #23
    Advanced BHUZzer leylalanty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
    Posts
    1,523

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by zumarrad View Post
    Like I said above, "OK". But I gather mishmish means "rarely" and also "apricot", so...

    I am going to make a wild stab and say "haram aleiki" is something like "it's forbidden to be with me." Becuase aleikum is "with you", isn't it?
    f'el mishmish - "never" Yes, mishmish is apricot, the season of ripe apricots is very short and can be missed easily - so - "f'el mishmish" means "in the (season of ripe) apricots" which then transforms into "never" ..l;,

    HarAM (as Shira said) means shame or forbidden:

    harAM aleik - shame on you/it's forbidden to you, while talking to a male
    harAM aleiki - shame on you/it's forbidden to you, while talking to a female
    harAM aleikom - shame on you all/it's forbidden to you all, while talking to a group
    harAM aleya - shame on me/it's forbidden to me


  24. #24
    Advanced BHUZzer leylalanty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
    Posts
    1,523

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    A few corrections, additions, etc. Arabic is such fun - I always wonder if I've requested a pigeon or a bathroom because the word is hammam or hamam - and I still can't remember which one has the double "m"!!

    bint - girl, daughter - pl. banat
    ibn - boy, son
    walad - boy
    wallahee - REALLY!
    haya - life
    hayati - my life
    sukar - sugar
    shokran - thank you
    maHshee - stuffed food item (as Monica found out from the 3 yr old!)
    masha - to walk
    imshee!!! - go away!!!
    maashi - a very useful word meaning loosely "it goes" so it's used for "o.k." or "sounds like a plan" etc.
    ya walad! - "oh (you) boy!" which is like American slang "Oh boy!"


  25. #25
    Advanced BHUZzer Nepenthe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    1,994

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    My teacher told me mishmish isn't just apricot - it's also slang for kitty-cat, as some kittens are orange-colored.

    Leyla Lanty - what about when a song goes "walla walla walla walla"...my egyptian arabic teacher said that it means something like the guy trying to be cool, like "yo yo yo" in American english. But she couldn't always explain why people said things a certain way, like why she said "ya Eini" (your eyes?) as she was trying to think of an answer to a question - she did that a lot.


  26. #26
    Advanced BHUZzer khalida777's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    1,139

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    . . . . my egyptian arabic teacher said that it means something like the guy trying to be cool, like "yo yo yo" in American english. But she couldn't always explain why people said things a certain way, like why she said "ya Eini" (your eyes?) as she was trying to think of an answer to a question - she did that a lot.

    Your teacher was probably saying "yanni", "it means" or "that is to say". "Yanni" is also a very common filler word meaning "well, uh", or "so", or "ummmm", and so forth.


    Khalida


  27. #27
    Established BHUZzer outi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    926

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    As well as yanni, people often say masalan, when they start to explain.
    masalan - for example

    As well as maashi (i would transliter it meeshi as the sound is [e]) haader is used, when given instructions.
    haader - ok, will happen, i will do it

    ustez actually is professor, but in arab countries they like to elevate titles

    lemoaHzah= excuse me
    This might be fusha. I never heard of this phrase in Egypt. Law samath would be used here.


    People already corrected some things - thanks Leyla!


  28. #28
    Advanced BHUZzer mrsnj20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cincinnati, ohio
    Posts
    1,138

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by jilyan View Post
    hi, as I understand it "Mashallah" = "god has willed it", in a very cool or very good way

    great thread!!
    mashallah means" that's great" . people say it so they don't get the evil eye for coveting the great thing that happened to you. lol yes, the direct translation is probably god has willed it.


  29. #29
    Advanced BHUZzer mrsnj20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cincinnati, ohio
    Posts
    1,138

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by zumarrad View Post
    Like I said above, "OK". But I gather mishmish means "rarely" and also "apricot", so...

    I am going to make a wild stab and say "haram aleiki" is something like "it's forbidden to be with me." Becuase aleikum is "with you", isn't it?

    Maktoob = destined (ie written).
    kalami = talking
    I don't know if this is correct but one of the online arabic for dancers websites list's mish as "not"


  30. #30
    Advanced BHUZzer mrsnj20's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cincinnati, ohio
    Posts
    1,138

    Re: Good Egyptian Words To Know

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    My teacher told me mishmish isn't just apricot - it's also slang for kitty-cat, as some kittens are orange-colored.

    Leyla Lanty - what about when a song goes "walla walla walla walla"...my egyptian arabic teacher said that it means something like the guy trying to be cool, like "yo yo yo" in American english. But she couldn't always explain why people said things a certain way, like why she said "ya Eini" (your eyes?) as she was trying to think of an answer to a question - she did that a lot.

    walla, walla, walla, walla? like in the saad song? I think it means i swear because he was swearing to her that she is the only one for him and to come back and he wouldn't screw up again... which reminds me

    anabas= only you


Similar Threads

  1. The Egyptian Dance Code on G.S.
    By anala in forum Belly Dance Traditions & Styles
    Replies: 389
    Last Post: 07-14-2008, 02:51 PM
  2. good video for pop & lock combos?
    By Sonja2 in forum Belly Dance Instructor Center
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-28-2008, 09:17 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Statistics
  • Threads 40,669
  • Posts 591,143
  • Members 38,022
  • Welcome to our newest member, halmarhegge


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198