الفصحى و العامية

Leandro

Senior Member
Brazil - Portuguese
Hello everybody, i have this little doubt about الفصحى and العامية.

I was told that الفصحى is the name for MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and that العامية is the name for the Colloquial Egyptian Arabic.

Is is true?

شكرا


 
  • elroy

    Imperfect Mod
    US English/Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    Whodunit said:
    In my opinion, "الفصحى " is MSA or High Arabic. "العامية" simply means "colloquial speech" or maybe even "slang", no matter if Egyptian, Palenstinian, or Sudanese. ;)

    Wait for the natives. :)
    No need - your answer was spot on. :thumbsup:
     

    NICE-LADY

    Member
    ARABIC
    Whodunit said:
    In my opinion, "الفصحى " is MSA or High Arabic. "العامية" simply means "colloquial speech" or maybe even "slang", no matter if Egyptian, Palenstinian, or Sudanese. ;)

    Wait for the natives. :)
    regarding 3amiyya you are right. But I am not sure that fusha is exactly MSA, though it is a high Arabic. Fusha is also a word used to describe Classical Arabic (the language of the Qura'n), which many scholars distinguish from MSA, but to be honest, I cannot tell what is the difference between MSA and CA (Classical Arabic). It seems to me they are exactly the same!. I hope my answer is still relevant.
     

    elroy

    Imperfect Mod
    US English/Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    MSA and CA may differ in terms of vocabulary, but the grammar and structure is more or less the same.
     
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