Some English is spoken by most people involved in tourism: in Egypt - hotel
clerks, shopkeepers etc, and many Egyptians take every opportunity
to try their language skills on visitors to their country. A little
patience with a waiter practising his English will pay dividends.
Shopkeepers in Egypt even come out with buzzwords designed to appeal to
their customers. Thus, after establishing you are British - "where
you from?" is usually the first question of anyone you meet
- they will say "lubbly jubbly" or "Asda price"
with a large grin.
Shopkepers are friendly, but persistent. Knowing some of the Arabic language can be