What is the “Egyptian Society”?

By: Anonymous

Here are some points by which one can describe the Egyptian Society:

  • The Egyptian sense of humor is one of the best. Egyptians are willing to make fun or tell a joke about almost everything.
  • If you are an Egyptian, then you will know almost all the neighbors around and even the owner of the supermarket next to you, as if they were family
  • Egyptians are religious. Practicing religion is part of the daily life
  • Many Egyptians like to talk “relatively” loudly.
  • Some parents raise their kids to be totally dependent on them. In their 20s, there are guys who don’t know how to change the tyre of a car and girls who don’t know how to boil an egg.
  • Some people are intolerant when others discuss or criticize issues which fall under their taboo list (e.g. religion, adult issues, or politics, family members or Egypt itself). For some people this taboo list includes even criticizing their favorite football team
  • Egypt has a relatively high illiteracy rate (more than 40%) This means that more than 30 million Egyptians cannot read or write
  • When traveling many Egyptians like to take lots of luggage. They struggle to abide by 20 kg even when traveling for a short vacation
  • When going out, sometimes friends fight over who pays the bill.
  • If you are an Egyptian, every time you travel and you fly back, your family says “you are losing weight!!
  • Although the air pollution in Cairo is one of the highest in the world, people live with it. They almost got used to it
  • In Egypt many people pronounce the “P” as “B”, and the “Th” as “Z” or “S” (i.e. “The police think…” as “Za bolice sink”). That is why when you spell a word with the letter “B”, you are asked “B for Pen or B for Book?!
  • Looking at the population structure, Egypt has more than 30% of the population below the age of 15. This means around 25 million do not make any part of the work force. On the contrary, they need Medical Services, Education… etc
  • When traveling abroad, sometimes one meets Egyptians who would not reveal that they are Egyptians, as if they think that people will treat them in a different way when they know that
  • Many Egyptians say you cannot trust anybody these days. They do not even trust their fellow Egyptians (co-workers, neighbors, friends… etc.) nor the announcements made by the government
  • Some people do not know how to work with a team. Information sharing and succeeding as a team sounds “utopian” to them
  • Paying bribe to a police officer so that he does not fine you for blocking the traffic is socially acceptable.
  • The salaries in Egypt are relatively low. At the same time, traveling abroad to have a better job is perceived negatively
  • When defining their identity, some Egyptians define themselves by their Religion and then their Nationality, not the other way around.
  • Driving in Cairo is quite adventurous. Simply because nobody follows the lanes
  • If you are an Egyptian, then 99% of the songs you listen to will have the word “habibi”
  • If you are an Egyptian speaking English, you will say “ya’ni” every 2 minutes. (Ya’ni means “I mean” in Arabic)
  • In Egypt some parents might call their own kid … “you son of a @#$%^&
  • Bureaucracy is part of the governmental work system. Struggling for days to get a driving license or an ID is quite normal
  • In Egypt, if you are above 30 many people around you make you think you missed your chances to get married; especially if you are a girl
  • After you get married, you have to show the family members who visit you every part of your house
  • Deceiving others without harming them to get things done (i.e. fahlawa) is perceived positively.
  • Lying with good intentions (White Lies) is widely acceptable. (No other colors are mentioned by Egyptians for “lies”
  • Your parents tell you all the time how they have always achieved the first ranks at school
  • When you go to the cinema, if the usher says “happy feast”, you have to give him tips.
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One Response to What is the “Egyptian Society”?

  1. Amani says:

    😂😂 loll

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