How To Learn Arabic Dialects – A Live Talk From Berlin

If you’re interested in how to learn Arabic dialects, this is for you. I lived in Egypt from 2014-15, and during that time I had to figure out fundamental questions like: What is Arabic, and what are the dialects? Should I learn a dialect, or Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)? What are the best resources for learning […]

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How I learn foreign languages

[For a complete script, scroll down to the end of the post] Hi, I’m Olly. Nice to meet you! As you can probably tell from the video cover, I’m from the UK. 🙂 They say that Brits are rubbish at language learning. Perhaps it’s because we live on an island and have no need for […]

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Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic Review – A Good Way to Learn Arabic?

When I started my project to learn Egyptian Arabic, one obstacle I faced straight away was that I didn’t have any materials! In Qatar, where I was living at the time, there were very few good bookshops. The ones that did exist catered almost exclusively for Modern Standard Arabic resources, which, thanks to this interview, I […]

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Advice On Learning Egyptian Arabic – Interview with Olly

When my friend Jan van der Aa visited Cairo last week, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk about all things “Egypt”. In this short video, shot on my balcony, we discuss my progress since I started learning Arabic 3 months ago: How is life in Egypt? Is Egyptian Arabic more difficult than […]

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5 study hacks that are working for me right now

I’m 3 months into my Egyptian Arabic project right now, so it’s high time to write a bit about what I’ve been doing, how I’ve been learning and what’s been working for me. Just to recap, my first month learning Arabic, before I left for Egypt, was spent with a variety of beginner resources. I […]

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Unstoppable

Right now, I’m feeling unstoppable. Right now, I feel like I can take over the world. Right now, I’m riding on a wave of passion, drive and hunger to study that I feel like I can harness to achieve anything. With your permission, I’d like to tell you why. 3 weeks of nothingness Only last week I wrote […]

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When is taking a break from language learning a good thing?

I had it all planned out. I would start learning Arabic in August. I would study for a month. I would be able to speak a little by the time I arrived in Cairo in September. I would take Cairo by storm, go out every night, chat with the locals over shisha and strong coffee, […]

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Learning Egyptian Arabic Grammar – Week 3 Summary

This is a summary of the 3rd week of my project to learn Egyptian Arabic. Until this point in the project I’ve avoided any study of grammar, choosing to focus on vocabulary instead. I have quite a laissez-faire approach to studying grammar, but curiosity finally got the better of me this week and I started […]

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Egyptian Arabic – Week 2 Summary

This is a summary of my 2nd week of my project to learn Egyptian Arabic. In week 1, I prepared a self-introduction, looked up some useful vocabulary to talk about myself, and started to learn some of the vocabulary by starting a flashcard deck. I had planned a conversation with a native speaker, but they […]

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The Arabic Chat Alphabet – A cool alternative to the Arabic Alphabet!

Have you heard about a special form of writing Arabic, called the Arabic Chat Alphabet? It’s used mostly by young people across the Arabic world, and I used it myself to learn to speak Egyptian Arabic. The Arabic chat alphabet (alternatively the Franco-Arabic alphabet, or ‘Arabizi’ عربيزي), it’s an alternative to the standard written Arabic […]

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Egyptian Arabic Week 1 Summary

So here I am, at the end of my first week of learning Arabic. To say that it went by quickly would be an understatement! My first thoughts are that I wasted the week. It’s funny how we have a tendency to focus on the negatives when it comes to our own accomplishments! Instead, I’m […]

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8 Tips For Learning Egyptian Arabic in Cairo

If you’re learning Egyptian Arabic, you might find yourself a bit confused! I was too. What dialect should I learn? Do I need to learn الفصحى (standard Arabic)? In this post, I set out to answer all of the major questions you’re likely to have about learning Egyptian Arabic, or any other dialect of Arabic. […]

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Introducing: Learn Egyptian Arabic Project

A few months ago, I learnt that I would be moving to Cairo. Although I was really keen to learn Arabic, I decided to wait a while before starting… I wanted to reach the 1-year mark in Cantonese first. But now the time has come. So I’m moving to Cairo, and I’m going to learn […]

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