Arabic language – Egyptian traditions

Was ISST Religion? by askimokyss
31/07/2013, 3:37 PM
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Was ISST Religion?

For all the german readers there’s this wonderful book about traditional food in different religions. Two of my very best friends helped and participated in the making of several recipes, texts and photos. I highly recommend it to everyone!! The recipes are delicious and the texts are interesting, but most of all it’s a pleasure to flip through because of the beautiful photography.

follow the link to buy on amazon


Ramadan kareem!!! by askimokyss
31/07/2013, 3:33 PM
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Ramadan kareem!!!

I wish everyone a happy ramadan, ramadan kareem ya habayby

قط – cat by askimokyss
10/11/2011, 3:34 PM
Filed under: culture, word of the day

Cats in Egypt

As you might know cats are very important animals for Egyptians, and they always have been. The ancient Egyptians were probably the first to domesticate the species. Their status is still very high in Egypt today.

قط – cat

When I was a child my dad told me that every orange/red cat is called “Mesh mesh” (=apricot/ ). Ever since I was little my family used a certain nickname for me, which actually is “Esh esh” but some of the Arabic speaking people also call me “Mesh mesh”, which I fancy. It’s a very cute nickname.

Maybe yours can be  “Nesh nesh”?

Check this wikipedia article for Cats in ancient Egypt:

Have a good day!


Fairouz by askimokyss
02/10/2011, 7:29 PM
Filed under: culture, music, poetry

One of my favorite Arabic singers is the Lebanese singer فيروز Fairouz. My favorite song is “A’tini al-Nay ” which means “give me the flute”. The lyrics are actually a poem by Khalil Gibran.

and here are the lyrics in Arabic, maybe you can listen to the song and try to read along, but it’s probably still too difficult…

It’s beautiful though!


أعطني الناي وغني فالغنا سر الوجود
وأنين الناي يبقى بعد أن يفنى الوجود

هل إتخذت الغاب مثلي منزلاً دون القصور
فتتبعت السواقي وتسلقت الصخور
هل تحممت بعطره وتنشفت بنور
وشربت الفجر خمراً من كؤوس من أثير

هل جلست العصر مثلي بين جفنات العنب
والعناقيد تدلت كثريات الذهب
هل فرشت العشب ليلاً وتلحفت الفضاء
زاهداً في ما سيأتي ناسياً ما قد مضى

أعطني الناي وغني وانسى داء ودواء
إنما الناس سطورٌ كتبت لكن بماء

Prayer in the desert. by askimokyss
02/10/2011, 7:05 PM
Filed under: culture

Holland – هولندا by askimokyss
02/10/2011, 6:55 PM
Filed under: word of the day


The word هولندا is quite the same as in any other language, but it’s good to know it, so you can tell everyone in Arabic where you’re from!

هولندا – Holland

Have  a nice evening!



Al-Fishawy Café by askimokyss
03/09/2011, 7:40 PM
Filed under: culture

“Some 240 years ago, a man named al-Fishawy began serving coffee to his friends in an alley of Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili district each evening after prayers. According to his descendants—who have not been able to trace his first name—al-Fishawy’s gatherings grew larger and longer, fueled by the talk of the town.”

That’s the beginning of an interesting article about the most popular Café in Egypt. You can read the rest of the article here:

Some pictures of the Fishawy Café: