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50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

Author
Houda Ghazali

For your everyday conversations, we have compiled for you a list of 50 basic words and phrases in Moroccan Arabic.

You basically need to learn these words and phrases by heart to acquire a first baggage in Darija.

On this page, you will learn how to say words like “yes”, “no”, “thanks”, and “please” in Moroccan Arabic.

You will also learn a few phrases to ask for help, or signal that you do not understand something, in Darija.

An exercise is provided at the end to help you practice these basic Moroccan Arabic words and phrases.


Looking to learn Darija online? Two really popular Moroccan Arabic resources I recommend are Talk In Arabic and ArabicPod101.


50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

English Transcribed Moroccan Arabic Moroccan Darija in the Arabic Alphabet
Yes Iyyeh / ah / wah إييه/ آه/واه
No Lla لا
Please (addressing a singular) 3afak عافاك
Thanks Shokran شكرا
I love you (addressing a singular) Kanbghik كنبغيك
I miss you (addressing a singular) Twe77eshtek توحشتك
A lot Bezzaf بزاف
A little Shwiya شوية
Okay Wakha واخا
Now Daba دابا
Not now Mashi daba ماشي دابا
Or Awla أولا
And W و
It’s not a problem / It’s okay Mashi moshkil ماشي مشكل
(It was) not me Mashi ana ماشي أنا
I want… Bghit… بغيت…
I don’t want... Ma bghitsh... ...ما بغيتش
I am done / I finished Salit ساليت
I am not done / I did not finish Ma salitsh ما ساليتش
Beautiful (masculine, singular) Zwin زوين
Bad/ugly (masculine, singular) Khayb خايب
Good (masculine, singular) Mezyan مزيان
Check out this list of 100 adjectives in Moroccan Arabic. #colspan#
Check out the lesson on the feminine form in Moroccan Arabic. #colspan#
Excuse me Sme7 lia (addressing a male) Sem7i lia (addressing a female) سمح ليا سمحلي ليا
I don’t speak Arabic Ma kanhdersh l3erbia ما كنهضرش العربية
I don’t understand/I didn’t understand Ma fhemtsh ما فهمتش
Do you understand me? (Addressing a singular) Fhemtini? فهمتيني؟
I don’t have any money Ma 3endish leflouss ما عنديش الفلوس
Welcome Mer7ba مرحبا
Take (this) Hak (addressing a male) Haki (addressing a female) هاك هاكي
Give me… (Addressing a singular) 3tini… عطيني…
I know 3reft عرفت
I don’t know Ma 3reftsh ما عرفتش
I forgot Nsit نسيت
I have to go Khasni nemshi خاصني نمشي
It’s your turn (Addressing a singular) Noubtek نوبتك
It’s my turn Noubti نوبتي
I am tired 3yit عييت
Where is the W.C? Fin kayna twalit? فين كاينة الطواليت
Congratulations Mebrouk مبروك
Can you help me? Tqdr t3awenni? (addressing a male) Tqdri t3awenini? (addressing a female) تقدر تعاوني؟ تقدري تعاونيني؟
I am looking for… Kanqelleb 3la... كنقلب على...
I can’t find/I didn’t find Ma lqitsh... ما لقيتش…
Agreed/Enough Safi صافي
Slowly Beshwia بشوية
Faster Bezzerba بالزربة
Maybe Imken إيمكن
Of course Tab3an / Akid طبعا / أكيد
I have a problem. 3endi moshkila عندي مشكلة
What do you think? (Addressing a singular) Ashno ban lik? أشنو بان ليك؟
What did you say? (Addressing a singular) Ashno guelti? أشنو ڭلتي؟

Exercise – 50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

Try using up to 10 of the above words or phrases in a coherent paragraph or dialogue.

If you are a beginner, your paragraph does not have to be entirely in Moroccan Arabic.

Try to do this exercise by injecting 10 Moroccan Arabic words from this page into a paragraph.

You can post your text for feedback either in the comments section below, or in the exercises section on Speak Moroccan Forums.

You can continue with other Speak Moroccan materials in “Moroccan Arabic – Unit 1”.

Or you can carry on to other Moroccan Darija lessons.

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