Even though we, Egyptians, have a way with words, sometimes they are not enough and can’t always express some of our feelings. Instead, we choose to make some sounds that are somehow considered…words.

Below are 21 sounds that can only be found in the Egyptian dictionary:

1. Psss 

For drawing someone’s attention.

2. Yiiyiiih same as Yoowooh

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When you feel irritated or frustrated.

3. Lolololeeey


For some odd reason, the za3’routa speaks happiness.

4. Sss Wow

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The “wow” is universal, but the “sss” at the beginning is purely Egyptian!! We like to add our magical touch.

5. Ya33  

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When we’re disgusted.

6. Offf

While the rest of the world says ufff, we express our boredom from the bottom of our hearts so it comes out as OFFF!

7. Aho/Aheh/Ahah

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To point out something.

8. Yadi…

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Elnila, elaraf… kol wa7d w zo2o ba2a.

9. Enbuu

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For persuading a baby to drink.

10. Hamm Ya Gamall

Another way to sweet talking your baby to eat.

11. Tsk Tsk


That one sound that drove Ismail Yassin & El Khawaga Bijo crazy, figuring how to write it down. It’s used to encourage a donkey to move.

12. Chi ha

It seems there’s a dictionary of words between us and donkeys.

12. Hooo

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13. Ts Ts Ts


Always accompanied with a head shake.

14. Yaaah

16. Ya bayyy

To express distress from someone or something.

17. Aeiii

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18. A555

w sob7an Allah, it’s always followed by…..

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19. Ehhh

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20. Opaaa

21. Any/Anhy/Nehin/Nehoon 

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