11 thoughts on “An English-speaker in Egypt?

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    WE ALL SPEAK ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    There is NO language barrier in any of the major cities, on any of the Cruise boats, in any of the bazaars or tourist sites.
    Except in the very remote villages, most Egyptians speak at least two or three languages…Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German…even Japanese and Korean.

    Remember that the Egyptians have been dealing with tourists for centuries…everyone from the ancient Greeks to the early English and French archeologists and the new waves of Japanese, Chinese and Koreans. English is now being taught in ALL of the schools and has become Egypts second language..replacing French.

    You will have NO language problem. And I promise you will have an experience like no other!!! Just remember that Egypt runs on it’s own time….do not expect everyone to be running around at top speed, as they do in London or New York..the pace is MUCH more relaxed….just set your inner clock to Egyptian time..slow down and really enjoy your trip.

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    No certainly not!
    I worked in Egypt for over 5 years I am a Brit, I knew no Arabic at all, most Egyptian do understand English, and if they dont they will go out of their way to find out what you are saying and try to help.
    Take my word it is a very friendly place!
    In fact maybe a bit over the top?
    If you really want to show an interest get a guide book that will give you very basic phonetic translations, you wont really need it but its nice to try dont you think?

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    They speak many languages there. Main is English, also Russian, French and many more. They learn the languages because of the tourism, cause well if you are for an example a waiter in a restaurant, its nice if you know many languages – more tip 😉
    But yeah they speak English good, not great but yeah… OK 🙂

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    We went to Egypt 3 years ago we did the Nile Cruise and then on to the red sea, and we never had a problem communicating, in fact most spoke better English than us because they pronounce the full words and not slang like us

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    What language barrier? Most Egyptians speak English so don’t worry. Most of the people in this section are Egyptian and the read, write and speak English and this right across Egypt. I speak English only and I’m going to go and live in Egypt and i have been there many times and i never have problems communicating with the locals.

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    Most Egyptians can communicate in English and all road signs & names of shops and adds in streets are in English. If by chance you meet someone who can’t speak Eng. use your hands. People are friendly and will do their best to understand and help you.

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    There Isn’t You’ll Find Them Speaking Many Languages Like French And English And Russians And German Most Of Them Speak English I Am Egyptian And I Think My English Is Pretty Good Except For A Minor Problem Of Starting Every Word With A Capital Enjoy And I Hope You Have Fun There!

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    This will be no problem for you at all. I speak only English and I am going to live in Egypt.

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    Egyptians study English as the 1st foreign language.
    any egyptian who went /goes to school can communiicate in English.
    moreover, the people are so friendly that they are willing to help . you can use body language if they dont speak english.
    there is no language barrier whatsoever here.

  • October 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm
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    yep….im an non-arab muslim….my friend just settled in cairo….and he makes me jealous talkin abt the beautiful girls there…….lolzzzz….

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