From Pharaoh's Lips
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2003 - Foreign Language Study - 131 pages
From the most distant past to the modern day, some things never change including words. The modern Egyptian Arabic dialect is one of the most distinctive in the Arabic-speaking world precisely because of its illustrious heritage from the country's ancient past. Ahmad Abdel-Hamid Youssef spends a day in the Egyptian countryside, taking note of the many expressions that once fell from the lips of the ancient Egyptians and that continue to be heard on the tongues of the modern Egyptians in their everyday speech. His charming tale of Bayoumi, a farmer, his wife Sawsan, and their baby provides the backdrop for tracing the persistence of these words and phrases. What these average Egyptians do, what tools they use, what they eat, how they organize their life, even how they interact all can be described with words that hark back to the age of the pharaohs.
In telling his story, Dr. Youssef integrates the ancestry of these common expressions, with the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Coptic and Arabic words appearing alongside transliterations and translations into English. Both entertaining and instructive, this volume includes a series of glossaries in Egyptian, Coptic, and Arabic.
With an introduction by Fayza Haikal, an Egyptologist who specializes in Egyptian language, and illustrations by cartoonist Golo, this book is sure to appeal to anyone who has an interest in Egypt, ancient or modern.
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this book is small , compact , and i think its a paper or some sort of research that the author did and then published in a book,this book shows that Arabs in Egypt and in some surrounding Arab countries speak sort sort of an Arabic dialect that has some words rooting to Coptic and the ancient language of Egypt of the pharaohs ,language is a rich mix that develop along the periods of time and generations, it shows many things ordinary people don't see ,and we cant deny the fact that many languages have the same roots,people, their genes, language ,customs is the real history .its amazing that i didn't see a work that touch this field before ,i recommend this book for interested people in this subject and i look forward for more work in this field .happy reading :-)
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