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Talk Like An Egyptian: Jobs in Egypt

By Jehan Ashry



If you have been living in Egypt for a while you’ll have noticed that there are some jobs here that probably don’t exist in your home country.  And since tips are fairly standard practice here, you should expect to have to tip them all for giving you a hand. 

1.  Bawab
A bawab is a little like a doorman in the fancier apartments you’ll find back home.  The job of the bawab is to watch the gate/front door and maintain the building and adjacent grounds.  He can also help you personally by washing your vehicle every morning or by helping you carry your bags.

2.  Elevator Operator
To prevent some Egyptians from playing with the elevator buttons (or sneaking a kiss in a private place!), some establishments employ elevator operators whose sole job is to push the elevator button for you.

3 – Supermarket Bagger
Something probably rarely seen in your home country these days, in Egypt there is still a person whose job it is to bag your groceries and help transport them to your vehicle.

4 – Airport Luggage Porter
After you’ve picked up your luggage you’ll often find someone who has appeared with the intent on helping you carry your bags to your car.

5 – Parking Attendant
When you park your car on the street, you might be surprised when someone shows up as you’re leaving your vehicle.  They will watch your car while you are away.  Expect to pay ~5LE for this.

Vocabulary

Engineer

mohandis

Salesman

bayaa3

Lawyer

mohamee

Employee

mowazaf

Teacher

modares

Singer

moghanee

Doctor

doktoor

Journalist

seHafee

Accountant

mohaseb

Writer

kateb

Nurse

momareda

Politician

seyasee

Waiter

garsoon

Marketer

Tasweek

Housekeeper

shaghaala

Officer

zabet

Cook

Tabaak

Security Man

ragil il amn

Driver

Sawa’

Pilot

tayaar

Pharmacist 

saidalee

Hostess

modeefa

Carpenter

nagaar

Mechanic

mekaneeki

Manager

modeer

Poet

sha3er

Landlord

sahib il beyt

Actor

momasel





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