“Reading” (present) in Egyptian Arabic

In Egyptian Arabic, “Reading (the verb, in the present tense) is written using the Latin script as:

(I) (m) Ba2ra

(I) (f) Ba2ra

(You) (m) Bt2ra

(You) (f) Bt2ri

(You, plural) Bt2ro

(He) By2ra

(She) Bt2ra

(We) Bn2ra

(They) By2ro

Using the Arabic script, it is written as:

بقرا (m) (I)

بقرا (f) (I)

بتقرا (m) (You)

بتقري (f) (You)

بتقرو (You, plural)

بيقرا (He)

بتقرا (She)

بنقرا (We)

بيقرو (They)

Listen to these words pronounced (audio)


Examples in sentences or statements

I’m reading…

Ana ba2ra…

…انا بقرا

I’m reading a science fiction book right now.

Ana ba2ra ketab 5yal 3elmy delwa2ty.

.انا بقرا كتاب خيال علمي دلوقتي

I’m not reading any books currently.

Ana m4 ba2rah ay kotob delwa2ty.

.انا مش بقرا اي كتب دلوقتي

What are you reading?

Bt2ra eh?

بتقرا اي؟

What are you two reading?

Bt2ro eh ento el 2tnen?

بتقرو ايه انتو الاتنين؟

He’s reading a history book in class.

Howa bay2ra ketab tare5 felfacl.

.هو بيقرا كتاب تاريخ فالفصل

She’s reading a lot this semester.

Hya bt2ra kter el sanah el derasyah de.

.هي بتقرا كتير السنة الدراسية دي

We are reading a lot in class right now.

E7na bn2ra kter felfacl delwa2ty.

.احنا بنقرا كتير فالفصل دلوقتي

We’re done reading.

E7na 5lcna 2erayah.

.احنا خلصنا قرايا

Those three people over there are reading.”

El talt anfar hnak dol bay2ro.

.التلت انفار هناك دول بيقرو


In other Mediterranean languages and dialects

“Reading” (present) in Lebanese Arabic

“Reading” (present) in Tunisian Arabic

“Reading” (present) in Turkish

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