Levantine and Egyptian Arabic

Introduction

The purpose of this booklet is to describe the major differences between the Levantine (Palestinian and Lebanese) and Egyptian (Cairene) dialects of Arabic. It is assumed that the reader of this book has a good mastery of one of the dialects.

The dialects are almost entirely mutually intelligible for native speakers but since the differences are more pronounced at the basic level they often pose a great problem for a person whose command of Arabic is still at an elementary of intermediate stage.

Resource: Foreign Service Institute Levantine and Egyptian Arabic

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