Egyptian Arabic ( اللغه المصريه الحديثه, il-luɣa l-Maṣriyya l-ḥadīsa, [elˈloɣæ l.mɑsˤˈɾejːɑ l.ħæˈdiːsæ], literally means The Modern Egyptian Language; or shortened to مصرى Maṣri, [ˈmasˤɾɨ], meaning Egyptian; formally known as: اللغه المصريه العاميه, il-luɣa l-maṣriyya l-ʕammiyya, [elˈloɣæ l.mɑsˤˈɾejːɑ l.ʕæmˈmejːæ]); compare the Modern Standard Arabic : /al.luɣatu l.misˤrijjatu l.ħadiːθata/, /al.luɣatu l.misˤrijjatu l.ʕaːmmijjata/, literally means The Egyptian colloquial language) is a variety of the Arabic language of the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. It originated in the Nile Delta in Lower Egypt around the capital Cairo. Descended from the spoken Arabic brought to Egypt during the AD seventh-century Muslim conquest, its development was influenced mainly by the indigenous Copto-Egyptian language of pre-Islamic Egypt, and later by other languages such as Turkish/Ottoman Turkish, Italian, French and English. The 76 million Egyptians speak a continuum of dialects, among which Cairene is the most prominent. It is also understood across most of the Arab World due to the predominance of Egyptian media, making it the most widely spoken and one of the most widely studied varieties of Arabic.