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Strolling through Egyptian streets, markets, and smaller neighborhoods, one often hears expressions like khaly ‘alena or etfadalo ma’ana. Yet, whether they are empty words or a serious invitation – we rarely stop to think about what they tell us about Egyptian culture. The Sailor's Invitation and Its Cultural Interpretation Invitation phrases that are not always meant to be taken literally permeate Egyptian daily life. Khaly 'alena can be translated as “Leave it to us” or “Let us take care of…