With this episode, I'm very excited to be launching Bilmasri on YouTube! As I explain in the podcast, how and where you use Bilmasri is up to you (of course :)). Some may find it works best for them to listen to the podcast on the go, or to listen to it while reading the text in the blogpost, but others may find it more convenient to watch the YouTube clip where the text appears on the screen.
Anyway, as you see, I've worked on two episodes simultaneously - I was just too excited to get the YouTube channel populated! :)
In this episode, I read from my مصري version of a فصحى article on the life of Egyptian composer and singer Sayyed Darwish (1892-1923). It's a relatively short episode as I don't follow it with a discussion of the language. For one thing, because the language is relatively straightforward, and also, I added a glossary column to the text below this time.
Then in the next episode, which is already online, I play extracts from some of his songs and talk about the language in these. This is probably the first of two such episodes - so watch this space. As this is a new format, I look forward to hearing from you what you thought of it, and if you have any feedback or suggestions I can take on board for the next similar episodes. Should I do more song episodes? Let me know!