DLI - Egyptian Arabic Language Course - General Courses
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This volume of Speaking Exercises corresponds to Modules 1-12 (Lessons 1-48) of the Arabic Egyptian Course. There is one set of activities (Activity A through Activity D) for each module. Each set of activities must be given before the corresponding weekly test. Each activity with its subactivities (Activity A, 1., 2. and 3.) is roughly estimated to fill one classroom hour. But, the classroom teacher will have the final word concerning the exact time needed for the students to benefit from each exercise.
Many of the Speaking Exercises create situations and set an activity in motion, but it is the learners themselves who are responsible for conducting the interaction to its conclusion.
Egyptian Arabic is the language spoken by most contemporary Egyptians. It is more commonly known locally as the Egyptian colloquial language or Egyptian dialect. Egyptian Arabic is a variety of the Arabic languages 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 seventh-century AD Muslim conquest, its development was influenced by the indigenous Coptic of pre-Islamic Egypt, and later by other languages such as Turkish/Ottoman Turkish, Italian, French and English. The 80 million Egyptians speak a continuum of dialects, among which Cairene is the most prominent. It is also understood across most of the Arabic speaking countries due to the predominance of Egyptian media, making it the most widely spoken and one of the most widely studied varieties of Arabic.
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 television news reporting, Literary Arabic is used. Literary Arabic is a standardized language based on the language of the Quran, i.e. Classical Arabic. The Egyptian vernacular is almost universally 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.
Also, it is written in ASCII Latin alphabet mainly online and in SMSs.
Arabic (Egyptian) is spoken in: Egypt
Arabic (Egyptian) is also called: Egyptian Spoken, Lower Egypt Arabic, Masri, Massry, Normal Egyptian Arabic