At the request of one of my Arabic learning acquaintances on Twitter, أمريكية صعيدية @AmericanSaeedi, I am re-posting here the text of an interview made back in 2003. The interview is with Dr. David Wilmsen, who was at that time living in Egypt and working at the American University. Dr. Wilmsen is now, according to my quick google search, at AUB, the American University in Beirut. You can check out his academia.edu page, or his research publications.
The article was originally posted on my old website, egyptianarabic.com. That site was where we showcased our software Egyptian Arabic Vocab Clinic®, and Modern Standard Arabic Vocab Clinic® and Verb Clinic®. They are now no longer being distributed, as AUC Press decided to not continue publishing them.
On a side note, AUC Press is a fantastic publisher and puts out some of the best Egyptian Arabic course books, as well as other publications about Egypt. Check out their website. I don’t blame them for not continuing with distributing the Vocab Clinic software, as it was on CD-ROM and that medium kind of is a dim memory for most of us now, sort of in the cassette tape zone. If you used that software or are interested in an Arabic learning course, I am dropping a small hint here: stay tuned here for some upcoming news about something we are putting together. Or sign up for my newsletter over on the right sidebar. That’s all I will say for now.
Here’s the interview: Continue reading “Egyptian Arabic: Five Important Things”