Egyptian-words-with-italian-origins

Italians in Egypt, also referred to as Italian Egyptians, are a community with a history that goes back to the Roman times. Perhaps the most famous Italian Egyptian is Yolanda Christina Gigliotti, also known as Dalida, a diva, singer, and actress. The story begins in 36 BCE when the last Queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, married the Roman, Mark Antony, to whom she offered her country as a ‘dowry.’ Egypt then remained part of the Roman Empire for seven centuries, and many people from the Italian peninsula moved to live there during this time. Since then, there has been a continuous presence of Italian Egyptians and their descendants. For the new generations, there was a considerable amount of cultural assimilation and influence, and there was even a Venetian Quarter in Cairo.
After Napoleon I, the Italian community in Alexandria, and in Egypt in general, began to grow exponentially. The 1882 census recorded 18,665 Italians in the country, and just before World War II, they had reached 55,000, forming the second largest expatriate community in Egypt after the Greeks. Most Italian Egyptians resided in Alexandria and Cairo, and consisted primarily of merchants, artisans, professionals, along with a large number of workers. As a result, many Italian words entered the Egyptian dialect and became Egyptian words.
Here are some of the many words we still use in Egypt that have Italian origins: 

1. Estbena!

From sta bene, which means 'it's fine'. Egyptians use it to say 'we have a deal.’

2. Alesta

From alla lista. In Egypt, it's used to denote that 'all is okay' or 'everything is under control.' It is especially used by sailors.

3. Ballo

Ballo in Italian refers to parties or dance. In Egypt, it refers to noise... ‘This is our ballo!’ 

4. Robabekya

From Roba Vecchia, or junk. Egyptians use this one to describe old possessions they are ready to get rid of and give to the Robabekya uncle. 

5. Gonnella

From gonnella, meaning skirt. Just don't try this at home... or anywhere! In my opinion it is not used now and you will be considered an old fashioned person if you use it.

6. Guanti

From guanto, which means 'glove.' Cool glove, eh? 

7. Barooka

From parrucca, a wig. Watching old Egyptian movies, especially in the 60s and 70s, one can see many wigs that were all the craze back then!

8. Mobilia

In Italian mobilia refers to portable furniture. But every kind of furniture to us is now mobilia, movable or not. 

9. Brova

Prova in Italian means 'to try'. We use this word till today, to describe fitting rooms, rehearsals, and fitting sessions at the tailor shop! 

10. Falso

From falso, meaning 'false' or 'fake.' In Egypt, falso is used to describe anything fake, especially when referring to fake gold.

11.Tanda

From Tenda, a cover or sort of curtain.

12. Vaza

From Vaso, meaning vase.

13. Belyatsho

From Pagliacco, meaning clown

14. Varanda

From Veranda, meaning balcony

15. Sala

This means hall or reception area. 

16. Bagno

This means bath

17. Fattura

This means invoice or bill

18-Banzeena

From Benzina, meaning gas station

19. Carton

From cartone, meaning cardboard

20. Salata

From Insalata, meaning salad

21. Makeena / Makana

From Macchina, meaning machine

22. Meckaniki

From Meccanico, meaning mechanic

23. Vitrina

From Vetrina, which means shop window

24. Teatro

This means theater

25. Marca

This means brand or make

26. Torta

This means cake or pie

27. Vella

This means villa.
All remaining Italian Egyptians are Catholic and speak Italian as first language, and speak Arabic and English as second languages.
Egyptian Arabic is the first language of 100 million Egyptians. Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world, and so it's Arabic is the most widely spoken Arabic dialect.
It is understood by almost all of the 300 million Arabic speakers in the world, thanks to the Egyptian cinema and media industry. It is spoken primarily in Egypt, but listened to in many countries.
Egyptian Arabic has many similar features to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It also has been influenced by a number of other languages, including Coptic (the language of pre-Islamic Egypt, which is now mostly used in Coptic Christian religious contexts), Turkish (Egypt was a part of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years), French, and more recently English.
Vocabulary in Egyptian Arabic is mostly based on standard Arabic, but also borrows words from Coptic, Turkish, French, and English.
Examples:
  • Ah’ = ‘yes’ (origin: Coptic)
  • ōda’ = ‘room’ (origin: Turkish)
  • asansir’ = ‘elevator’ (origin: French)
  • yisantar’ = ‘to center (something)’ (origin: English)
The Egyptian dialect is full of creative, amusing, and sometimes absolutely ridiculous terms and expressions that are unique to Egypt.
November 30, 2018
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Hello. my name is Samar , i am egyptian , i studied archaeology greek and roman and graduated 2013 i speak 4 languages and i would be happy if i help anyone in the languages i speak In 2016 i won a scholarship and i went to Greece , Thessaloniki for a modern greek program learning languages is one of my hobbies as i like to know about other cutures and other ways of living and seeing our world i would like to learn turkish and spanish and maybe i will be able to teach them My lesson always depends on what you need i use videos , books ,audio files ,sites for learning the language, pictures and conversation about a certain topic at the end of every lesson i give you homework
Flag
Arabic
globe
Egypt
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Speaks:
Arabic
Native
,
Italian
C2
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English
C1
,
Greek
B2
Hello. my name is Samar , i am egyptian , i studied archaeology greek and roman and graduated 2013 i speak 4 languages and i would be happy if i help anyone in the languages i speak In 2016 i won a scholarship and i went to Greece , Thessaloniki for a modern greek program learning languages is one of my hobbies as i like to know about other cutures and other ways of living and seeing our world i would like to learn turkish and spanish and maybe i will be able to teach them My lesson always depends on what you need i use videos , books ,audio files ,sites for learning the language, pictures and conversation about a certain topic at the end of every lesson i give you homework
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