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Coptic language, Coptic Christians, standard Arabic, Nubians, Western Desert

Nearly the entire population of Egypt speaks Arabic. However, only well-educated people easily understand standard Arabic. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic is the language of daily conversation. Many Nubians also speak their ancestral language. Berber is spoken in a few settlements in the oases of the Western Desert. Coptic Christians use the Coptic language, descended from ancient Egyptian, for liturgical purposes, but it is not a language in daily use. English and French are common second languages among educated Egyptians.



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Coptic language, Coptic Christians, standard Arabic, Nubians, Western Desert, well-educated people, ancient Egyptian, oases, settlements, daily use, languages, French

 
 

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