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Egyptian Arabic
مصري Ma
Pronunciation [mɑsˁɾi]
Native to Egypt and a few other countries
Native speakers 76,000,000 + [1]  (date missing)
Language family
Writing system Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-2 arz
ISO 639-3 arz

Egyptian Arabic (Ma مصري) is a kind of the Arabic language of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.

It came from the people living in the Nile Delta in Lower Egypt around the capital Cairo. It originates from the spoken Arabic brought to Egypt during the AD seventh-century Muslim conquest of Egypt.

Masri was formed also of Copto-Egyptian language of pre-Islamic Egypt,[2][3][4] and other languages such as Turkish.

Egyptian Arabic language is not officially recognized by Egyptian government.

More than 76 million people in Egypt speak Masri.[1] Also a lot of people in the Middle East can understand Masri.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Egyptian Arabic UCLA Language Materials Project
  2. Nishio, Tetsuo. "Word order and word order change of wh-questions in Egyptian Arabic: The Coptic substratum reconsidered". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of L'Association Internationale pour la Dialectologie Arabe. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 1996, pp. 171-179
  3. Bishai, Wilson B. "Coptic grammatical influence on Egyptian Arabic". Journal of the American Oriental Society. No.82, pp. 285-289.
  4. Youssef (2003), below.