chapter  1
áhlan wa sáhlan! Hello and welcome!
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The exchange of greetings and courtesies is an important part of communication in Egypt, as it is generally in the Arab world. Initial exchanges can take several minutes and can be accompanied by kissing of cheeks, embraces and handshakes. It is possible to find an Arabic greeting for almost any occasion, such as getting your hair cut, swallowing your medicine, returning from a journey – and each has its own specific reply.