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In this lesson, the skill you will be learning is counting from 2000 to a billion in Moroccan Arabic, and the basic rules you need to apply to do so.
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Counting from 2000 to a billion in Moroccan Arabic

Houda Ghazali

This lesson is about counting from 2000 to a billion in Moroccan Arabic.

Counting is one of the key skills that students of any language need to acquire from the very beginning of their learning journey.

On this page, you will first learn numbers from 2000 to a billion in Moroccan Arabic.

Next, you will learn the two major rules to apply when counting things up to a billion in Moroccan Darija.

To conclude, you will find below an exercise to practice numbers in Darija, as well as the solutions to make sure you got everything right and/or correct any mistakes.

Counting from 2000 to a billion in Moroccan Arabic



Arabic writing





tlt alâf

تلت آلاف


rb3 alâf

ربع آلاف


khms alâf

خمس آلاف


stt alâf

ست آلاف


sb3 alâf

سبع آلاف


tmn alâf

تمن آلاف


ts3 alâf

تسع آلاف

10 000

3shr alâf

عشر آلاف

11 000

7dâshr alf

حداشر ألف

12 000

Tnâshr alf

طناشر ألف

13 000

tlttâshr alf

تلطاشر ألف

1 000 000



1 000 000 000



The general rule for counting in Darija:

To use those numbers in sentences now, here is the general rule to count a (thing):

1- the thing

2 + things

From 2 to 10 + d (of) + the things

From 11 to the infinite + thing

In the third rule d + l (of + the) sound almost like the Spanish del.


Banane = banâna بَنانة, Bananes = banânât بنانات, la banane = lbanana لبَنانة

1 banane = wâ7d lbanâna واحد لْبنانة

2 bananes = jôj banânât جوج بنانات

3 bananes = tlala d lbanânât تلاتة د لبانانات

5 bananes = khmsa d lbanânât خمسة د لبانانات

15 bananes = khmstâshr banâna خمسطاشر بنانة

100 bananes = miyyat banâna. مية بنانة


Write the following in Moroccan Arabic:

11 books

12 girls

101 students

2 balls

50 pants

1 teacher

5 apples

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

Or carry on to other Moroccan Arabic lessons.

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