Franko-Arabic is the language of youth in Egypt

Egyptian youth use a new language to write Arabic faster on the Internet and in text messages. (Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian youth use a new language to write Arabic faster on the Internet and in text messages. (Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

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Franko-Arabic, the use of English letters to write in Arabic, has become very common among Egyptian youths. In this language, some numbers are used for Arabic letters that have no equivalence in English. For example, the number “3” is used for the Arabic word “

Maria Walim, a student, said, “Franko-Arabic is a modern language. It makes typing Arabic on the internet easier and faster.”

Rania Ramadhan, a student, agrees with Walim. “I can’t stop using Franko-Arabic because I cannot write in Arabic, it is too difficult.”

Amal Ali, a student, indicates that after she started writing in Arabic, she found herself writing in Franko-Arabic without even realising it, “Because it’s just easier. I do use regular Arabic as well.”

Shayma Hafiz, a member of the “Together Against Franko” group, stated, “I wish the youth would use Arabic and boycott Franko and other expressions that are alien to our culture. When I have asked my friends why they use it, it seems they consider it fashionable.”

Mustafa Ali, a student, said, “The Arabic language is getting lost. We must be critical of the media, which has started to use colloquial dialects instead of academic Arabic.”

Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sayd attributes the proliferation of this language to what he labels as a “cultural and intellectual” invasion. “It targets young people and the Arabic language because it represents an outside identity. The use of this language is a way to strike at and kill the Arabic language.”

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    blankiz

    2014-11-16

    Mr.saleh me 2 i agree with this language but in the otherhand,we have to understand probably what's franko language because it's came in the rock in rool music and some of them using as to talk to devil !

  • ماشى

    2013-8-19

    Okay!

  • ahmed mostafa

    2013-1-2

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