Introduction to Modern Egyptian Language
Modern Egyptian is a language that belongs to afro-asiatic language family like Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, and Hebrew. It shares alot of words origin with Arabic. It is only a spoken and not officially recognised as a language in Egypt. Arabic is the official language in Egypt and it is used for formal purposes. It is called masry(egyptian) in the native language. It is spoken by northern Egyptian as their native language but in southern(upper Egypt) they speak saidi, similar but different dialect/language. It is “understood” through the middle east and north Africa. And it acts sometimes as a lingua franca in the region due to it dominance in entertainment industry and the huge number of Egyptians teachers work in their countires. As a afro-asiatic language, words are formed by the 3 letters or sometimes 2 letters root origin. So, words are formed from their roots which usually are the past tense and the noun of the word. Moreover, vowels(in between), constants(prefixes/sufixes) are added to the world to make new words, and formulate the word for genders and tenses.