"La Shukron--No Thank You" Egypt Local Custom Tip by atufft

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Vendors can be pests at times, so a polite way to turn them away is to say "no thankyou" in Arabic. La="no" and "Shukron="thank you", so say, La Shukron. If someone says this to you for some favor, say at the close of a meal, say "Afawan", which basically means " your welcome. Incidentally, "nam" = "yes". The Arabic language is not a semitic, not an indo-european language, so many of the common words can be amusingly contrary to American/European sensibilities. La=no and nam=yes, are to such examples.

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  • Written Apr 10, 2006
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