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I travel to Egypt fairly regularly which is why I am interested in knowning Arabic. In Egypt there are a large number of Coptic and other Christian groups so my question is probably more relevant for that country than for Qatar which has a very small population of Christians. I am using other language programs as well because I find that no one program covers everything that is needed. It also helps to think about the language in different ways and from different angles. Thank you for your feedback.
January 10, 2016
January 16, 2016
The traditional Muslims' greeting "Assalamu 3alaikom" = "Peace be upon you" is used by many Christians as well. This also applies to many commonly used muslim expressions which became part of the language and culture.
Nobody has to worry about this though as the normal well known expressions are also widely used like "Good morning" = saba7 el7'eir and "Good afternoon" = "Masaa el 7'eir" and all other daily normal expressions that are used by all religions and nationalities in Egypt.
April 7, 2016
April 9, 2016
I am teaching English in Egypt and all the children greet me with "goodmorning"
in the afternoon it's bye. Times are changing
May 9, 2016
Yes, agree with the above regarding in sha' allah and alhamdulellah .
If you are not Muslim, do not use السلام عليكم.
Greet everyone you meet, be a Muslim or a Christian or a Jew, etc . with:
صباح الخير and مساء الخير
or the various forms of "Hello" that are used in the local dialect or in fus7a.
Everybody, will reply to your "good mornings" or "afternoons" or "hellos", accordingly and regardless of their religion.