What is Egyptian Colloquial Arabic?
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) is the spoken dialect used by everyday Egyptians at home, conversation, and cinema. It is a spoken language derived from Classical Arabic, mixed with Coptic, and with lots of borrow words from Turkish, Greek, French, English and other languages.
Due to the popularity of Egyptian cinema, Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is widely understood across the Middle East. It boasts more than 100 million native speakers alone in Egypt, plus a large and widespread diaspora, and is also widely understood by the 420 million people who speak Arabic across the Middle East.
Arabeya Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) program is designed to give students the real-life language they need to get around Egypt and work in Arabic in Egypt or back home. We focus on real-life conversations, learning from both textbooks and first-hand sources, and focus on having students apply their language skills in real-life settings.
Why learn Egyptian Colloquial Arabic?
Egyptian Arabic is one of the most popular Arabic dialects to learn because it is widely understood across the Middle East, due to the popularity of Egyptian movies. Our Egyptian Colloquial Arabic classes are popular among expats living in Cairo working in a variety of fields, those of Egyptian descent looking to connect with their heritage and be able to speak with their family members, those working with immigrants and refugees back home, and a variety of other fields.
A command of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic can help you to connect with Arabic-speakers all over the world, gain access of a huge number of first-hand sources, and be able to move around life in Egypt with ease.
What is the ECA program at Arabeya like?
The Egyptian Colloquial Arabic courses at Arabeya start from an absolute beginner level up to highly advanced. We follow the Common European Framework of Reference (CERF) for measuring fluency and focus on all four linguistic skills- reading, writing, listening & speaking.
In our A1 and A2 beginner Egyptian Colloquial Arabic courses, students come with little to no Arabic, and leave knowing how to express themselves in short sentences; conjugate verbs in the past, present and future; and how to use and understand all the beginner essential vocabulary for getting around Egypt (buying food, giving directions, introducing oneself, etc).
In our B1 and B2 intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic courses, students will learn how to express personal opinions, narrate stories and events, talk about themselves, their feelings, and make requests and complaints; and understand more detailed dialogues on life events, culture and society.
In our C1 and C2 advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic courses, students master the remaining aspects of Egyptian Arabic sentence structure and grammar, begin to use more detailed idioms and expressions, and absorb detailed vocabulary to be able to communicate in a variety of settings.
What materials do you use in your Egyptian Colloquial Arabic courses?
For our Egyptian Colloquial Arabic classes, we use the Kalimini bil- Arabi series by Samia Louis and Kalaam Gamiil by Abass Al-Tonsi et. al, in addition to real-life language sources such as videos, passages and songs. We work to give students exposure to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic as it is used in real-life, so that they are able to express themselves and understand in a variety of settings.