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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