50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

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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  • why there isn't sound with wich words, i read arabic kuran but when i listen egyptian or moroccan pronounciations are differents. as knowing so all a moroccan and egyptian can speak together, but dialec is different for each country. can you put listening pronouciation for each unit. As that learning is easier than lesons without sound.

  • We are planning to do that in the future.

  • I agree with the gentleman I think is more easy with pronuciacion.

  • I mean with sound

  • Zwin bzaf

  • shukran bezzaf. Bghit nt3llm l darija. ma9dersh nhder biha mezian hit ma9dersh nfhe kulchi.3ndi mushkilat bezzaf m3a lpronunciation u shi kalimat hit makaynsh bezzaf web sites b darija. bghit n3ref ila mumkin ta3wani. db nt3llm l darija bohdi bdit nt3llm men raba3 chhar welakin bghit nkamel m3a hadi.

  • Mer7ba bik khti Valery. Kifash nqedro n3awnouk?
    Jerrebti tferrji f mosalsalat b darija?

  • When I was in Morocco, people used to say something like "in jah hunbie!" instead of "1-2-3 push!" perhaps it was in jaliln hun be - or something. Does anyone know the expression I'm after?

  • It sounds like "ya jah ennabi", which is calling the prophet's name.

  • wallahi had al-mawq3 ktir mumtaz w ana ma3 al-mut3lleqeen al-a7'ra. Shukran bzzaf ya mu3lem

  • Shukran bezzaf, Jonah.

  • is there any way one of the admins can teach derija 1 to 1 on whatsapp for any way of speaking to someone 1 to 1, i think itl help alot

  • So glad i came across this page. Thank you!!!

  • So glad i came across this page. Thank you!!!


    We're happy you found us, Jusue.

  • is there any way one of the admins can teach derija 1 to 1 on whatsapp for any way of speaking to someone 1 to 1, i think itl help alot


    There hasn't been any demand for this service in the past.
    Perhaps one of our team members can offer this private darija tutoring service in the future, provided that enough people showed interest.

  • Yes please please host a 1 on 1 or small group darija training if you can I would love to spend an hour a week and can paypal you the costs!

  • I would be interested in having one on one lessons to learn

  • How to pronounce the numbers mentioned in the spellings for example : Ma 3endish or mar7ba

  • Hi Prashansa
    numbers are moroccan-made language hhhh
    for example "3" we mean by it ع like when we say "arabic" it's a profound letter from the deep throat
    (it's difficult to explain without listening)

  • The numbers are used to represent Arabic sounds that don't exist in English but are important to pronounce correctly so there is no misunderstanding of what you want to say. Those numbers somewhat represent the Arabic letters that correspond to those sounds:

    7 is equivalent to the Arabic ح, and is similar to the English H, but farther back in the throat. (There is another letter ه , corresponding to the H sound we make in English, so you have to make the difference between those sounds to avoid confusion. It is normally represented in the English spelling H).

    3 is equivalent to the Arabic ع, and is a sound made with the voice way back in the throat, kind of like twisting your esophagus when you make the sound with your voice. There is no similar sound in English!

  • How do you say " I can understand Darija but I dont speak it" ??

  • I enjoy your website very much. I hope to visit Morocco in 2027 for the total solar eclipse that will go through the nothern part of the country.

    Keep up the good work. It is most appreciated by me.

  • aziiz alia Maghreb !

  • I love ❤️ Arabic

  • so helpful loved teaching my friends

  • Excellent, but please differentiate between i <> ī /î /ee

  • Are Darija words on audio?

  • Mass zebi a woudl 9ahba

  • Mass zebi a woudl 9ahba

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