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|English to Arabic translations [PRO]|
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
|English term or phrase: there's no more/it's finished|
|I'm particularly interested in an Egyptian word, either BEH or BES, or something like that, used colloquially in the above meaning. Does anyone know of such a word?|
It's of particular interest as BEH (I was told) means 30, and there were thirty days in the ancient Egyptian months.
|Local time: 00:07|
Pronunciation note: "KH" stands for a sound similar to CH in German. First A is short; second A is long (similar to A in LARD).
Modern colloquial Egyptian is mostly Arabic-based. It is very far removed from ancient Egyptian.
The word BESS is used in the sense of "only," and is sometimes coupled with the word KHALAS, as in in the expression "BASS KHALAS," in the sense of "that is enough" or "that is all."
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"Bah" is another slang egyptian word to mean its finished but it is used mainly to address little children and toddlers, just as one would say in English doggie for dog. In fact, there are a lot of words used in Egypt,specifically to address little children learning to speak such as "Ambo" instead of "drink", and "mum" instead of food. However, you may find these words in adult conversation for sarcasm or derision.These words may actually originate from the ancient Egyptian language, however, I know nothing about that.
Local time: 01:07
Native speaker of: Arabic
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