Jenkins was born in the UK but brought up in Canada, she has been visiting the Middle East since her teens, when her parents began working and living in Saudi Arabia. She arrived in Egypt for six months of language study after completing a Masters degree in Middle East Studies.
Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook
Egyptian Arabic is a complex language that has evolved over centuries. With this guide to Egyptian Arabic you'll know your classical from your colloquial and read from right to left like a pro.