November 7, 2019 100

Brit + American Speaking Arabic

Brit + American Speaking Arabic

this is a magical place and I’ve got to
say that I’ve only been in Egypt for three days and I can tell you this is
truly a special place it’s an incredibly special people and Egypt is magic. Would
you come back? Oh in in a second, in an absolute second. Did you learn any
Arabic whilst you here? I haven’t added to my Arabic while I was
here but i’ve travelled in – I’ve travelled in Turkey I’ve been in Israel and I
traveled extensively in Morocco so most of my Arabic I learned in Morocco.
Let’s hear some Arabic then? oh boy you’re gonna put it to me huh? there’s the general niceties of ‘shukran Habibi’,
what does that mean? thank you my friend or really
but Habibi is deeper than friend it’s deeper than love, Habibi is like family, you
know when a man says Habibi to a man it’s like family.
But it’s not reserved for family right so you can say Habibi to
anyone like I said it to my taxi driver shukran Habibi you’ve got me here
safe, Hamdulilah so you can use Habibi a lot so yes
shukran Habibi and there’s so much magic
in the language things like like hamdullah and you know praise be to God
and inshallah inshallah is one of my favourites because I mean my
understanding is it means if it’s God’s will but it’s so much deeper than that
when you say inshallah it’s it’s like you’re connecting yourself to that
person it’s like you’re surrendering all expectation of the
future and just saying it will it will happen if it happens.
Exactly whatever the energies of the universe whatever it is that that guides
us and runs us and you know our God we I give my freewill over to that God and
and I allow that anything could happen in the world which means my
possibilities are endless yeah and I love that – that’s so… in that
one simple word, inshallah there’s so much depth to our human experience. When
you’ve lived and spent time in the Middle East you find these words –
Hamdulilah, inshallah, they come creeping into your vocab so I really had to kind of
hold myself back from when when I’m talking with you know friends back home
family whatever ‘I’ll see you tomorrow inshallah” because I just kind of think of it
whenever you say anything, you make any assumptions about the future, can I
have some water? Inshallah. I don’t know yet maybe like maybe something will
happen between like between me getting the water from the fridge and walking up
the steps to bring it to you – you just can’t take anything for granted so it then
kind of allows you to and encourages you to appreciate every single thing. See
I don’t hold that stuff back and I accept that sometimes in my tribe
back home um that I can be the weirdo because it interests people they go
inshallah what does that mean and then that starts a conversation. Yeah it’s one of those
words which people I think have heard maybe in movies or TV or just like on
the radio or something and you hear these phrases but without meaning, right?
And then if you can give that meaning… exactly and that again for me context is
everything you know and if I can…
my photography has always been driven by the idea that if I can spark someone’s
interest or reach someone’s curiosity or their own creative spark and get them
interested in wanting to be in the world then somehow or another I’ve been
successful. Yeah job done. How do you ask an Egyptian ‘how are you’?
I believe it’s azayak you can say ‘azayak’ yes or ‘3amil ay’ …
a little tip if you want to sound Egyptian just add the word ‘ay’ onto everything that’s one of the really funny things.
I learned most of my Arabic in Morocco so I come here to Egypt
and people don’t quite it takes them a second to to understand
exactly what I’m saying conversely the friend that I’m travelling
with here learned most of his Arabic in Egypt and when we were in Morocco
everybody kind of laughed they chuckled a little bit and were like .. he’s an American but they were like you
learned your Arabic in Egypt, they knew yeah they knew from the words. To tell you the truth the Arabic dialects are totally different. The Arabic
spoken in Egypt is very different to the Arabic spoken in the Gulf and
Morocco, North African dialect is different again I mean obviously we’re
North Africa here in Egypt but kind of Morocco Tunisia Algeria Libya
there’s a lot of variety so if you’re looking for an easy language to learn
don’t choose Arabic I’m afraid… it’s interesting we have a tendency just
as a human species to sort of tribalise ourselves you know so people will
say American for instance. I’ll travel in Europe or I’ll travel in Africa or I’ll
travel in Southeast Asia and people will say you know ‘American’ and that becomes
an easily understandable totally digestible you know – cultural perspective.
America is not one people America is extremely broad and actually
even the English that we speak we say dialects we actually say your accent
right so a Bostonian and a New Yorker is not gonna sound like a
Californian they’re not gonna sound like someone from Atlanta or from the
deep south… do you speak with a Californian accent? A West Coast accent or is that
more like because there’s this accent ‘Valley Girl’ – do you know it? Sure – ‘oh my god’… that was amazing I have to say you have quite a soft,
quite a pleasant American accent not that I have a particular
favourite but um but yours is quite soft you know it’s easy to listen to. So it
wasn’t until I started travelling and it was actually
a woman from Belgium and I think she might have been flirting but she looked
at me and she said ‘oh my god you speak with the most beautiful California
accent’ and Californians, we actually sort of pride ourselves on we
don’t really have an accent – barring that 1980s valley girl thing –
we say we don’t really have an accent maybe that was why maybe it was
because it was soft and very understated and not exaggerated maybe that was her
point. She explained to me she said everyone from California sounds like
they’re sitting on a beach it’s totally laid-back… so so what she was saying it
was your tone of voice and I have to say just to give you a bit
of context guys, I overheard Joshua having a conversation with some Germans
a couple of days ago which is how we ended up here
I just came up to you at breakfast and said would you like to, you know, be in my
video – and thank you for that – very grateful you said yes – but but no it’s the way you were
speaking it was the way you were speaking – speaking slowly and calmly and
I saw you practicing Tai Chi – where did you learn that? Because that’s all
related I think personally like the way please consider supporting my channel at

100 Replies to “Brit + American Speaking Arabic”

  • Mike Still says:

    Watch the full video with Joshua HERE
    More videos from Egypt HERE

  • Ihsan A says:

    Best explanation of the word Inshallah. Beautiful.

  • Nafi MH says:

    Hope to learn arabic this year Inshallah.

  • History Of Football says:

    Your Arabic is Realy good

  • Robin says:

    That is one hell of a background Mike not every YouTuber can say they filmed (is that the right word?) in front of the pyramids, damn. Don’t forget about Portugal though, there’s so much incredible landscaping here you’d love it. Keep it up Mike you’re doing great ❤️

  • Chev Chelios says:

    Some people get offended if you use inshallah or mashallah if you are not a muslim cause these words are religious words so it’s kind of weird when a non muslim uses these words.

  • Ahmad Sh says:

    Arabs left the chat

  • Sestenise says:

    We use inşaAllah in Turkish too

  • Serene Serenity 26.6 says:

    It's amazing how determined you are concerning learning Arabic. Traveling alone, getting to speak with real people, getting sick sometimes and spending money on all that makes me feel lazy just sitting in my bed doing nothing to learn the 10 language list I had since I was young. Don't ask what happened to that list cuz I learned English, a little bit of French, a little bit of Spanish and few Japanese words 🙁

  • Kiria Maged says:

    Welcome to Egypt!. Hope you have fun and make good memories, and if you're interested in visiting Alexandria (before it's gone), I will be glad to show you around (if you want) , help you have the "native" experience, meet good people, or at least give you some recommendations, and maybe you can get to see a different side of Egypt and the Egyptians.
    P.s. I'm not a tour guide and this is not a professional offer in anyway, I just can fairly say that I know Alexandria quite well and that may be I can help you have a good time here.

  • mima Sad says:

    رائع ❤

  • Mahawii says:

    Loved this. Keep it up❤️ and the background is??

  • new york times says:

    where is your mind

  • wata chan says:

    You are literally one of my only motivations to learn Arabic. Apart from the fact that the language itself is just the most fascinating thing ever to me, I’d never really dug deeper into the measly basics that I’d learnt since childhood. But watching your channel, learning how you went about the entire process and how you’re still so eager to learn more along the way, whenever you get the chance and watching you meet amazing people like these and share equally gratifying experiences is just absolutely mind blowing to me. Just the thought of having yourself wholeheartedly, not only immerse yourself in a totally different culture but having the guts to share those experiences with the world, leaves me in utter awe and respect. Keep it up, Mike – You have my utmost respect! ?

  • Saleh M says:

    إن شاء الله

  • Saleh M says:

    I like the English academic words sometime you use ?

  • قسوم says:


  • Spiritus Fenix says:

    I could use some help. I keep running into more and more special characters, when they’re written in an unusual when certain letters join in certain places. I’ve learned about ل and ا in words like لا and سلام, but I keep seeing new ones… most recently, what happens to م in لماذا?? There are plenty of videos about the normal Arabic alphabet but I can’t find any information anywhere on all the unusual combinations or alternate forms of letters, how many there are or how and when to write them, so I’m writing things incorrectly and worse, can’t read many words because I can’t recognize the letters. Any resources you can point me to? من فضلك وشكرا

  • روح • says:

    We use insha allah to say no indirectly. ?

  • Sam Muhammed says:

    Hahaha, " a little tip if you wanna sound Egyptian just add the word ايه on everything" That's right. Tho I haven't really noticed before. U must have interacted a lot on your trip to pick that ?♥

  • charbel youssef says:

    I talk Arabic I'm from Lebanon

  • Yasier says:

    Do you have any plans on interviewing foreign students who are studying there? If you're looking for one then I'd love to volunteer myself! I'm studying in one of the universities there.

  • تالا منصور says:

    Anyone else expected the video to be in Arabic? I was a bit disappointed…

  • Eyad Moe says:

    Mike! You are doing a great job, Can you visit us in Jordan?

  • Omar X says:

    Habibi is too informal I don't use it too often a police officer or bank employee might not appreciate it

  • Yousef Sewify says:

    Gotta love Americans <3

  • zizi sokar says:

    I think Egypt Arabic is the easiest learn it ?

  • M Ya says:

    Liberman, interesting surname..

  • Ash says:

    Inshallah means f el meshmesh! ?

  • Alexander Fabrizio says:

    Mike – any hotel recommendations for Giza? I'll be in Giza for a week in a few weeks. I know most of them have rooftop terraces but I was just wondering.

  • Jon Black says:

    Hey Mike. Can you do a video on Sudanese Arabic?

  • Mira h says:

    It's not Israel, it's palstaine

  • Андрэ Импрувед says:

    Lived in Jordan for almost 6 years when I was young, but never forced myself to learn arabic. I find it very beautiful, very hard to learn though. And now I've finally started and your vids help me a lot, especially those where you talk with native speakers and explain alphabet. So, I just wanted to say a very big and massive thanks to you, mate! Keep up your work, maybe I'll meet you someday in middleeast 🙂

    PS. Cheers from Russia

  • Hisoka Del tayfoon says:

    The meaning of Habibi in dialect is a bit diffirent than the meaning of the same word in standard Arabic, in standard arabic it means my love ( to address to your wife gf etc.) Habibi in arabic dialect is said as a compliment to someone closer.

  • nenny ko says:

    L9ve uuu from lebanon

  • Raghad Karamallah says:

    We missed you mike(from egypt) ?♥️♥️♥️

  • yasmin mohamed says:

    (Inshallah) means if god wants it to happen it'll happen

  • Muhammad Yusril says:

    Please come to the 2nd oldest university in the world… And حديقة الأزهر too… It's beautiful park. Really…

  • Mohammad Sihabuddin says:

    It's kinda similar with saying Allahuakbar, but in Western people get arrested just because of saying it and connecting it with terrorism act. Correct me if I'm wrong, maybe as British/Americans you know better

  • Defiler 99 says:

    Inshalla is actually three words put together while arabs talk in their daily life

  • Jonathan Gabriel says:

    It means ( if God will do something for انشاء الله you in the future )

  • 아미마리암 says:

    Hello Mike ? I'm an Egyptian local.
    This interview is really beautiful and inspiring and it makes me feel proud that you both were Speaking Arabic ☺️
    I just recommend you next time you come to visit more places in Cairo and 5th settlement or maybe go and see Alexandria as it's really quiet and may suit your taste
    I really hope you enjoy your stay if you're still here or if you've already left to know that you're always welcome back to our beautiful country ❤️

  • Auly Nahdyan says:

    A little tip if we want to sound Canadian is by adding the word 'eh' (read: 'ay') as well?

  • El proffesor says:

    If you want to learn Arabic just learn Egyptian accent so that ever Arab ppl can understand you due to their affecting Cinema to all Arab World

  • donyamalak lolo says:

    Very interesting and inspiring talk .thanks for sharing

  • Salma Sameh says:

    Mike take these hearts ? ❤??❤?❤???????❤?
    Love You from Egypt ??

  • I AM IRON MAN says:

    الله غالب

  • برعي الدهشوري says:

    Watch out Egyptians they are the most tricky and troll ppl

  • Abdulaziz Khattab says:

    What's the mic you are using for recording???

  • MrFuckIsreal 123 says:

    0:21 I loved it when mike includes the real Arab flags and not non Sudanese black Africans and Somalis who aren't even Arab. Great!!

  • mix chanel says:

    0:33 whats wrong whith the reporter?? Isn't he muslim arabic???

  • Football4 Arab says:

    I wish you visit Iraq one day

  • ayda mohamed says:

    Your channel is very beautiful ?
    You are an awesom person
    May Allah bless you .
    I enjoyed watching the video alot . ?

  • Hadeel S.A Yassin says:

    It is Palestine not Isreal ?????

  • Abdulrahman Alghamdi says:

    Its not israel its Palestine

  • Flora rol says:

    اومال فين العرب؟ ?

  • Khady NDOYE says:

    Masha Allah great video

  • ...Aurora... says:

    When i hear Mike talk in arabic with someone who arabic is their first language, yeah i hear a subtle difference between the two, but then when i heard in this video, someone who studies arabic vs someone whos picked up a few words, Mike’s pronunciation sounds so fluent and good, like the ح or ع or even the accent were so fluid i was like wow, keep it up man youre progressing so nicely and your passion and interest to learn a new (and difficult) language is so inspiring ما شاء الله ?

  • Pacito Doritos says:

    You are literally my favorite youtuber bcuz the way you seek knwoledge is beautiful although you might say arabic is hard but you still look forward to study it and learn and explore it… its just beauty. You are my fav bcuz you dont limit you're knowledge but you love to see all the colors of the world and wont discriminate any colour bcuz they are all unique in there own way. ❤❤❤❤❤??

  • M S says:

    Oh Americans…??

  • PC GaMeS says:

    If a Moroccan says Incha'Allah that's means there's no guarantee he will do what he promised to do

  • The Don says:

    Heyyyyy I don't see the Iraqi flag at 0:20. We're Arabs too you know! ??????عاش العراق

  • mo zarzour says:

    Learn Egyptian dialect and you can use it in all other Arab countries, they will understand you 🙂

  • • GHOST FLAME • says:

    Was that Arabic????
    Any way.your channel and content are great and your seek for learning is appreciated..keep on
    And as we say in Egypt..nawart masr

  • Ender Legend364 says:

    Please can u speak to Syrians because I'm from Syria but I speak good English

  • K J says:

    Loved the explanations of InshaAllah and Alhamdulillah ?

  • Sara Fantasy says:

    Mike speaking Arabic very clearly and his accent is so beautiful keep going man ur giving inspiration for learning new language

    Thanks for video

  • Abdulrahman Ahmed says:

    habibi <3

  • Zakaria Sadrati says:

    That's man is deeper!

  • 23Mijk says:

    So sad that typical Pakistanis (and from what I hear Arabs) abuse ‘Inshallah’ to mean ‘I can’t be bothered doing what I’m supposed to or committing to anything’

  • Mostafa Elshamy says:

    Mashallah you are amazing! Am from Egypt:))

  • nooran ismail says:

    Sometimes we use habiby when we argue like “la ya habiby”?

  • MANSOURI A says:

    Libya is an arab country too bro ?? and it also has a lot of rich history and beautiful places hope you can visit us here and keep up the good work ?

  • hatem Wael says:

    When you say libya intsead of lebanon thats when you know youre affected by the language :')

  • Omar says:

    0:20 so Iraq isn't Arabic I guess

  • Dinko جزائري says:

    In Algeria we don’t use حببي, we say شريكي, صديقي ,عمي or عزيزي.
    It depends of the region and the age of the person you are talking to.

  • Hosni Fathallah says:

    6:18 so accurate ?
    I'll add every one from California LOOKS like sitting in front of the beach ?

  • Hash says:

    Cheers to that guy who play the flute in the background !

  • Lian Sarmiento says:

    Wahahahahaha. You are absolutely correct about the insha Allah. Me too! Whenever I say something in our language, sometimes you need to get a hold of yourself saying the insha Allah cause it's like a second nature. Sometimes you'll gonna laugh at yourself, why the hell am I saying insha Allah I'm in Philippines. ?

    Filipina Nurse here working in Saudi Arabia. So language is really vital for us cause we need to establish rapport to our patients, explain the procedures, the medications, and everything with regards to their health. So I tried to learn the prayers too and the wuthu, makes the patients comfortable. I can speak Arabic but not quite as good as you. Mostly Lebanese and Saudi Arabic, MSA. I'm really conscious of my grammar. I don't wanna get embarrassed. I can only read and write arabic numbers, some letters. But not a word.

    And to add up a little bit about their language, it's really fascinating and I think it's one of the sweetest language. They have a lot of terms of endearment, which I use everyday to least calm my patients. They have ayuni, they have ghalbi, they have habibi/habibti, hayati…. It's so cute ?. But I have to admit that it's not easy to speak 3 languages at a time. I need to transit from English, Arabic and Filipino. Especially arabic, the most gender specific language of all. Their singulars and plurals. And I have to use these 3 languages to communicate everyday. It is amazing to learn a new language, opens another world.

    Keep it up Mike. Allahi salmak.

  • Nasar Mohammad says:

    You are very fluent, i would like to see you recite some of the verses of Qur'an want to see how you sound and maybe try to translate it to the audience, thanks.

  • Hannah X says:

    Let me teach u something…. inshallah is the saddest think u can hear from your parents ???

  • Dr. Zeus says:

    HI Mike you forget Iraqi flag ?

  • ms. nafisa says:

    this guy is deep

  • Hamada The king says:

    my dream is liveing in USA

  • Lotus Cabrio says:

    I know Europeans always appreciate our cultural and language, since they ve been visitng Middle East and North Africa for more than years. Even when there was war in some countries. So i like seeing American Canadian Britisch etc.. Appreciate it.

  • Iamgrateful A says:

    can i have some water, inshallah. lol

  • Adham Mohamad says:

    Palastin not Israel dear !!

  • Jennifer Marea says:

    I've been binge watching your channel and I'm obsessed! I live in the Detroit area and there's a really high Arabic speaking population so I already know words like inshallah and a lot of other religious words like that and words that are used when people talk in a way that's a mix of Arabic and English which is really common to do here and there's even radio station talk shows here where they talk like that. But I really wanna learn how to read better and quicker without sounding things out for a long time and I want to learn a lot more vocab and grammar, not just like "Detroit Arabic" idk how to really call it

  • ابو ريشه says:

    Back ground music please

  • asoom onah says:

    Sorry for that but its not Israel its PALESTINE ✋?

  • asoom onah says:

    I like his says about inshaallah and yeah its a deep word ???

  • aws sadoon says:

    It's too deep ..inshallah..

  • kill feel says:

    مايك العربي I'd to tell you wonderful I wanna to be you friend

  • Alien from Mars says:

    It’s called Palestine sir, Israel is not an Arab country or a country at all ! they a bunch of Polish and Russians mostly

  • Rawnaa Aamer says:

    محبتش الراجل ده .. ليه اصلا قاعدين قدام الاهراماات وتقول اسرائيل اسمها فلسطين .. رجل غبي !! ?
    I don't like this man ..why he sets
    the front of pyramids .. It's called Palestine no Israel stupid man ?

  • Фатима Fatima says:

    What a nice convetsation!!??Amazing people you are!!?Thank you???

  • Medo Medo Adel says:

    تحيا مصر

  • Medo Medo Adel says:


  • uni says:

    Joshua looks so much like my uncle, he even speaks in the same way 😀

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