What Ancient Egyptian Sounded Like - and how we know
How did Egyptians pronounce the language behind the hieroglyphs?
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~ Briefly ~
From Hatshepsut to Nefertiti to a Coptic Abuna, meet the many forms of the long-lived Egyptian language. Watch as they help us listen back to the original sounds of the hieroglyphs. Then, identify a family full of Egyptian's ancestors and relatives, refine those pronunciations and arrive at an outline of Egyptian pronunciation.
~ Credits ~
Art, narration and animation by Josh from NativLang. Two of the musical scores, too.
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  • Rick Kinki
    Rick Kinki

    Everything about ancient Egypt is so fascinating, even their language!

  • Roxa VH
    Roxa VH

    I'm Egyptian!

  • CEO Y.
    CEO Y.

    What they sounded like is *"E"* If you get the mummified reference 👀

  • James Hampton
    James Hampton

    Skip to the last 30 seconds if you want to hear what it sounded like. There are a few other spots, but why waste your time. There are better videos out there. This video maker somehow forgot what his title says.

  • جهاد التابعي: ست حلويات
    جهاد التابعي: ست حلويات

    Greetings from Egypt ♥️ Loved the video

  • David Wagreich
    David Wagreich

    Dope vid

  • Mr. Squeak
    Mr. Squeak


  • Lena Nalbandian
    Lena Nalbandian

    So, how does ancient Egyptian sound like, really, how does coptic sound like??? {Toda]

  • رع Raa
    رع Raa

    عامله شبه اللغه العربيه

  • Leslie Morgan
    Leslie Morgan

    Can't see the delta from the reeds. I just died 😂.

  • Manuel Sanchez
    Manuel Sanchez

    Wait, it didn't sound like this? algone.info/slow/video/hHnZvm6MhKqp1Gw

  • BillOu _
    BillOu _

    Am amazigh from algeria Wish that you do a vidéo about us ❤️ Keep it up


    Y'all know what they sound like but can't get the image of them right although the hyroglifics show who they are

  • Steve Tobe
    Steve Tobe

    Talk like an Egyptian.

  • Muhammad Fawzi
    Muhammad Fawzi

    I'm an Egyptian, and you said the word Masri so well it surprised me

  • Noha Mo
    Noha Mo

    A pharaoh passed from here 👣🌚

  • Suhh Irsamle
    Suhh Irsamle

    It was a Muslim man during the early times of the abassid empire , who deciphered many of these

  • Ayul Abdul
    Ayul Abdul


  • Vancouver Terry
    Vancouver Terry

    A great video! A very valuable contribution to the internet! Thank you!

  • marwinout

    "animated" hes so proud to call this animation lol

  • Kim Soolee
    Kim Soolee


  • Clarice Aust
    Clarice Aust


  • German Trabada
    German Trabada

    To bad I could not hear much Egyptian

  • Mythteller

    The 1st Stargate movie led me there.😎

  • Felopateer Hossam
    Felopateer Hossam

    Abona means our father if anyone wants to know

  • ITzGio XD
    ITzGio XD

    𓁔 𓁕 𓁖 𓁗 𓁘 𓁙 𓁚 𓁛 𓁜 𓁝 𓁞 𓁠 𓁡 𓁢 𓁣 𓁤 𓁥 𓁦

  • Michael James
    Michael James

    Ancient Egyptians were African black as a car tire. Modern Egyptians who look more Arab are Arabs.

    • The Sexy woman
      The Sexy woman

      The troll says his culture is Egypt But his real culture is algone.info/slow/video/konNyplsiaCayKM

    • The Sexy woman
      The Sexy woman

      No ancient painted themselves red not black and not all people who live in same continent have to be the same race

  • Elyz J Scruse
    Elyz J Scruse

    Ancient people sounds like : MINECRAFT HMMMMMM

  • M.

    I'm so out of my depth I can't even express, but oh boy isn't it interesting.



  • Simon David
    Simon David

    its similar to hebrew , vowels are indicated by markers called niqqud...... fluent speakers know vowel sounds instinctively

  • Esther isnt messy
    Esther isnt messy

    I love your Egyptian accent as you did this. So you didn't sound like an out of touch tourist as you read the egyptian.👌🏾✨

  • Ahmad Abdelwahed
    Ahmad Abdelwahed

    Abuna means father. Like in church

  • Junk Email
    Junk Email

    DO SUMERIAN!!!!!

  • BRUCE0591

    Very soon some AI computer will know exactly how it sounded.

  • Mik P
    Mik P

    please translate into today's technology how and what to build?

  • HelloImRudz

    Ancient Egyptian sounded like Jamaican..

    • The Sexy woman
      The Sexy woman

      How bi*thc

  • ッAzubi_Meatball4349ッ

    5:00 so.. no ones gonna talk about the dick with a halo on top of it

  • Wilton B. Montero
    Wilton B. Montero

    NativLang I'm expecting an example conversation of how egyptian sound so then we can appreciate the beauty of their language

  • Theresia Lesly
    Theresia Lesly


  • Maggie

    Jesus loves you!

  • David Shepard
    David Shepard

    Well done. Thank you!

  • Jumanah Idris
    Jumanah Idris

    Thank you so much for making this video! I'm Egyptian, and your pronunciation and research are phenomenal.

  • Mohamed aamiin
    Mohamed aamiin

    Pharaohs where black and the closest people are Somalis even the clothes and the shape of height and face

    • The Sexy woman
      The Sexy woman

      Egyptians are Egyptians not s*mali or bl*ck you are s*mali bl*ck

  • John Green
    John Green

    So I've been mispronouncing my cat's name all these years. My apologies Yatun.

  • John Green
    John Green


  • Kimmie Koury
    Kimmie Koury

    This was so neat!!!

  • north tamilland
    north tamilland


  • Apoorva Chauhan
    Apoorva Chauhan

    Bull crap

  • GuldursTV

    I didn't find out. The film was forcibly dragged on for more than 10 minutes. Thumb down.

  • Landon Taylor
    Landon Taylor

    Me heading to history class to take a test on ancient egyptian culture after watching this

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  • StaticLocs

    All languages change, thats how they stay alive

    • Ararune

      No, they stay alive by being used. Old Church Slavonic didn't change for over 1000 years but there are still people speaking it (mostly just priests for religious purposes)

  • Matamba

    It really sounds like a mixture of African and west Asian languages. Interresting video

  • creativeworshiper77

    This can't be played in the background?

  • Mark Maher
    Mark Maher

    All the Love from Kemet

  • berenike M.
    berenike M.

    Excellent video, Thank U ✨

  • dokess Ezeaka
    dokess Ezeaka

    Hieroglyphics wasn't a common language and was used by the rich and prophets for inscribing rituals for the after life. We still don't know the true meaning of the characters let alone how it should sound like. Even during the time of Cleopatra hieroglyphics was a forgotten language

  • laili faj
    laili faj

    Me thinking about jojo & walking like an egyptian

  • Smokeless777

    1.15 Wow, Josephine was a lucky lady!!

  • Juanito Sanchez
    Juanito Sanchez

    Every time something about Egypt comes up and they say they have no clue about it. I always get pissed at the fact they don't even look into the indigenous tribes around Africa. There is never mention of a black Egyptian when if one goes now you find many black human beings in Egypt. So to me it seems like the answer is right in front of them, but their own cultural vanity doesn't allow them to find the answers they seek. So fuck Egyptology.

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  • Florence Bouyer
    Florence Bouyer

    His american accent is quite disturbing

  • TheHuangShan

    If a modern linguist travelling back in time to ancient Egypt and tried to talk to the locals. Would the locals be weirded out by *autistic noises* or would it just sound like a weird accent? Would the linguist be able to understand them when they talk back?

  • Gary

    No one knows what the Egyptians sounded like and the only way to find out is to explore the African languages like Wolof from Senegal because it was an African civilization, so you can't look at from a Greek or Roman perspective at all. Words like Kufu, Khafre, Senenmut, Henu, Mutmuwa these are African names. Thank it.

  • anansii

    I’ve always wanted to know what ancient egyptian sounded like

  • justin wilson
    justin wilson

    I'm disappointed. I was expecting a deep-southern drawl with hints of racism... Back to the history books for me I guess.

  • grote muis
    grote muis

    But... how does it sound?

  • scorp s
    scorp s

    4:30 is that you're looking for

  • Erick Roman
    Erick Roman

    i understood pretty much nothing but thank you

  • George Dronfield
    George Dronfield

    @ray Mak an important part of history really,..if you believe this you believe anything,..i was first born in Alexandria in the 6th century BC,..this is all BS.........my soul is over 5000 yrs old,..this is my last human life, i was born in a palace,..Who's ray???

  • herve vdwoude
    herve vdwoude

    thus we still don't know how it sounds like.

  • Kitt

    An xclnt video. I've often wondered about this, especially when I studied Linguistics in Anthropology years ago. We didn't get much past Indoeuropean in that 101 paper. Keep it up!

  • Rich Delarby
    Rich Delarby

    Western Bullshit! The arabs deciphered the language during the 9th AD. Champolion just copied/ pasted it The word semite doesn't exist. Sumerians were arabs

  • Landon Taylor
    Landon Taylor

    My friend Learning German: I'm gonna use this Me learning Middle Egyptian: I'm never gonna use this, but it's a good party trick

  • Beautiful Inspiration
    Beautiful Inspiration

    me to

  • Ques Jukejoint
    Ques Jukejoint

    How do you know they trilled their Rs?

  • Illumi

    آه و افسوس که نمیشه برگشت به اون دوران و دید زندگی ها و آدم‌ها واقعا چطور بودند!

  • Donk

    I can almost hear Tutmoses III saying to Moses. 'Tell it to the hand'.

  • Cal Sostrin
    Cal Sostrin

    For those that want to hear Egyptian spoken, look up Coptic.

  • Chelsea Venes
    Chelsea Venes

    This is so cool

  • Mathona Moore
    Mathona Moore

    The heading of this video, is misleading. I was expecting to hear somebody, speaking as they spoke then.

  • Mattias Andersson
    Mattias Andersson

    Nano, Nano, mork calling orson!

  • Eva Kibler
    Eva Kibler

    This was wonderfully fascinating! I love Egypt and their culture and history. I am so enthralled with learning about them. In this day and age, when everything is about "now now now" it is exotic to slow down and learn something ancient. I had no idea that we pronounce Ankh wrong! Thanks for sharing and i look forward to watching your other videos and learning more.

  • Rajae Echbouk
    Rajae Echbouk

    I appreciate this video so much thank you

  • Mr.TechnicalIsolate

    i literally thought it was gonna be the funny meme where it shows a female narrator showing a single sound of an Egyptian. You know... Like.. "Ah" sound...?

  • Lowland Cushite
    Lowland Cushite

    they sound like Somali and still have many common word.

  • American daydream
    American daydream

    Not a problem for Modern Chinese to read ancient Chinese.

  • Leo Sousa
    Leo Sousa

    What in the Duat is the value of this sign?

  • Daniel

    Finally someone talked about Coptic! Coptic is basically a mixture of Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian,it was first used during the Roman empire after Christianity came to Egypt and St.Mark established The theoretic school of Alexandria,which was mainly a Christian school but offered a great variety of sciences taught in it A lot of people from the Eastern parts of the Roman empire (which Greek was the main languge in) came to this school and they weren't familiar with ancient Egyptian,so the Coptic languge was introduced by A Christian scholar to ease studies for foreigners and keep it ok for natives Coptic survived until the 17th century,but now it's only used a languge of prayers in the Coptic Orthodox Church

  • Jei Wilber
    Jei Wilber

    It's logically impossible for a human to know how egiptian sounded...

  • SadhviJenn

    When I took Hindi classes, I was surprised why the lack of nouns. They assume that every consonant makes an “uh” sound. I am Going to assume that Egyptian might’ve been like that. It sounds like some “uh” sounds turned into O’s, E’s, and A’s. Interesting video.

    • pinky finger
      pinky finger

      Nope we literally have some consonants with e and oo, Ae etc. Sounds but yeah most consonants have assumed to be producing "uh" sound

  • Omar

    متخدش في بالك تعليق مصري كمل سكرول لتحت ,btw thanks for the video

  • Authan Johnson
    Authan Johnson

    Watch the movie "hidden colors" 1-5 its a series

  • anna ramzy
    anna ramzy

    Im egyptian and I’m so glad we don’t speak like that anymore , it sounds so hard 😂😅

  • Sibovali T
    Sibovali T

    AMAZING VIDEO! More of Ancient Egyptian please!

  • Rachel Paul
    Rachel Paul

    So very interesting. I’m old so I’ve had to replay it over a few times . I used to be able to catch languages much easier than I do now. Still origins fascinate me. Thank you

  • Brother Bluto
    Brother Bluto

    Someone wants Ihmotep to come back. Put Brendan Fraser on speed dial.

  • Sydee Dee
    Sydee Dee

    You area Big liar! Shame on you! Egypt IS African, si stop!

    • Youssef Mohamed
      Youssef Mohamed

      They weren't black

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