unlocking the secret behind the egyptian accent

July 26, 2007 at 12:38 am 4 comments

Life is full of hard to answer questions like why did the dajaj cross the tareeq?

A few days ago i learned part of the answer to why Egyptians (and arabs in general) have an accent when they speak in English.

If you ask the closest Egyptian 3amu or 3amty near you to say “street” in English they will likely pronounce it like “estreet” (putting a hamza before the “s”).

The reason behind this is that in Arabic, the first letter always has a tashkeel (fat7a, kasra, or damma), so Arabs have a very hard time pronouncing an English word with two consonants in the beginning of the word. So they need to give the “s” in “street” an extra sound to pronounce it, hence they will say “estudy” , “estop” , “cerazy” or “berotherhood”.

Im sure that are linguistic explanations for other parts of the accent. If you know, blease share 🙂


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ahmady86  |  July 26, 2007 at 8:03 am

    Z… ze beruzzers in ze egypt are having ze fun katheer (or in masri kateer)

  • 2. Faruk  |  July 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Well, that just completely took the fun out of mocking the brothers with Egyptian accent. But thanks for the info:). Assalamualeikum

  • 3. Marwa  |  August 21, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    I think you don’t have to make fun of your on brother as is called in islam don’t slap your on brother in the face. Hadith anna el rousul sallallah ” when a sahabi made fun of anthor sahabi skinny legs the rousul sallallah alih uosalam said you see the brother you made fun of on the day of judgement he will weigth more than the mountain of aohud.” always remember that you are also a muslim never never and always remember that make fun of each other that allah will never help us when we need him the most.

  • 4. Susie  |  September 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I enjoy reading an article that will make men and
    women think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!


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