Egypt 1

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 55

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 4/04/1944

PLACE OF BIRTH: Switzerland

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Egyptian (exact ethnicity unknown)

OCCUPATION: engineer

EDUCATION: Subject doesn’t say, but we may infer an engineering degree.

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

Subject was born in Switzerland and lived there for about one year as a baby. Other than that, he’s lived in Cairo his entire life.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject doesn’t mention his father’s ethnicity, but he does say his father was working in Switzerland when he was born. This might have had some effect on the subject’s accent, although his entire adult life has been spent in Cairo.

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RECORDED BY: Krista Scott

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I was born in Switzerland in 1944. Actually on the fourth of April, 1944. Only happens ten times century or eleven times century. Anyhow, I was back home in Egypt when my father was transferred to Egypt in 1945 and uh since then I lived in Cairo. It’s very difficult to live in Cairo … nowadays, but before that it was beautiful, really beautiful in the old days. Cairo was originally designed for two million persons. Now they have about sixteen million persons. Imagine sixteen-million persons living in an area originally designed for two-million persons. Anyhow, worse is rising [unclear] but is getting worst and worse, worse and worse every day. We Egyptians because we live today here for long time, we don’t feel much to difference…cuz things are changing very badly but when we think of the old days, then it’s very difficult for us to continue, uh, living in the same city with this huge amount of people around us. Even the weather changed. We used to have beautiful greenery around us. We used to have rain. We used to have beautiful weather now it stopped, it’s very hot every day..ee..we don’t have winters anymore…it’s very..a long summer with a variation of temperature, but we don’t have winter, we don’t have even, uh, spring. It’s all long summer. Three, three hundred sixty five days of summer.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Phil Hubbard

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 28/05/2008

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