An Egyptian parent is like no other, and it’s not because of the sarcastic comments, exaggerated remarks, nor bizarre advice… actually it is. Egyptian parents’ uniqueness lays in the unexplainable ways by which they express love and perform their parenting roles. Here is a list of some mutual things we hear everyday; 10 signs that your parents are Egyptian.

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1-   “Elbs 7aga f reglak”
Ay 7aga? It’s not possible that all Egyptian parents are concerned with our feet, but it’s quite believable that they’re all convinced that wearing your slippers/shoes is the solution to all troubles… because of course walking barefoot is the cause of all illnesses!

2-   “Enta khases mabtakolsh leh?” (for guys) 
“Khaly balek ebtadety tetkhany” (for girls)
If you’re a guy, your mom is almost always searching for ways to feed you more (3ashen teghazeek). And she’ll always suspect different reasons for your “weight loss”, from ‘7ob gedid’ to ‘ekte2ab’ (depending on how creative she is).
As for the poor girls, if your mom spots you eating ANYTHING, especially if it’s fattening, she’ll throw in the famous warning. It doesn’t matter if it’s the only thing you’ve eaten all day, she’s entitled to give you a hard time. (and you wonder why girls are always on diet/or pretending to be)

3-  “El nas te2ool 3alena eh?”
The biggest issue here isn’t the dramatic concern with people’s opinions, it’s with the notion that people will/should/do judge in all sorts of situations. If you come home late, if you don’t show up to a certain gathering, if you do show up wearing something ‘inappropriate’ or leave early… You probably can’t name the countless situations, but you’ll remember your answer is always: “umm, walla 7aga?”

4-   “Enta geit?”
The ‘enta geit’ series is a popular one in every Egyptian household, it varies from ‘enta geit?’ to ‘enta se7eit?’ all the way until ‘enta betakol?’ (la2 sa3at ba7eb a7ot el akl f bo2y w atefo tany). A7la 7aga ba2a, these questions always come after an “edah”, as if the fact that you’re home or eating is too strange and extremely surprising.

5- “Khalas khatabtak l benty!”
Kol walad te2ablo tekhtobo l bentaha, 3ashen 3ady heya keda mesh betkesefha khales. W bardo ma7adesh wakhed balo en heya fe3lan mesh bethazar. Guys, if an Egyptian mom has said this to you before, and girls, if your mom embarrassed you that way before (usually at weddings) you’re REALLY not alone!

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6-   “Eshrab 7aga dafya”
This piece of advice is not even a mere reflection of an Egyptian parent’s degree in medicine (or the one he/she believes they have), paired with an incredible ability for “nasaye7”.
7-   “E7na 3ala ayamna…”
I swear Egyptian parents have a talent in turning any subject/situation into a walk down memory lane, discussing stories of their teenage years.
P.S: don’t try to argue that your generation is better, they’ll easily beat you at it because they have years of experience.
8-  “Yalla matet2akharsh 3ashen el donya maba2etsh aman”
The end of every phone call with your mom. This, for sure, has nothing to do with what’s happening in the country, because it has been used since the day you first began to go out uslan! (yaret 7ad ye3arafna emta kanet aw emta hatkoon aman)
9-   “Eh el yewadeeky l 7ad…?”
If you live in masr el gedida and you tell your parents you’re going to zamalik, they’ll say “eh el haywadeeky akher el donya”. It doesn’t matter where you live or where you’re going, because obviously the distance is not even relevant.
10-   “Howa [insert friend’s name] gab kam?”
This is a traumatizing question that every kid endured being asked after every single exam, throughout all school years. They keep mistaking comparison for motivation. (you probably ended up hating that friend!)

 

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