Arabic, Sa’idi Spoken

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A language of Egypt

Alternate Names
Sa’idi, Upper Egypt Arabic
Population

19,000,000 (2006).

Location

Cairo south edge to Sudan border. Middle Egypt in Bani Sweef, Fayyuum, and Gizeh; Upper Egypt from Asyuut to Edfu and south.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Middle Egypt Arabic, Upper Egypt Arabic. Similar to Sudanese Arabic [apd], especially in the south, but heavily influenced by Cairene Arabic (Cairo speech).

Language Use

Speakers of Cairene (dialect of Egyptian Spoken Arabic) [arz] do not understand Sa’idi, but speakers of Sa’idi understand Cairene, and some use it as L2. Prefer Cairene over Sudanese Spoken Arabic [apd].

Writing
Arabic script.
Other Comments

Some might be in Libya or the Gulf.