Moroccan Culture

Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic / DARIJA

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As a visitor or a resident in Morocco, especially if you are interested in the Moroccan culture and having easy daily communication with locals, knowing some useful expressions in Moroccan Arabic will be very helpful.

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Greeting Expressions in Moroccan Arabic

In this section, you have the transcription of the Darija expressions with the pronunciation.

How to Say Hello in Moroccan Arabic 


Salam / Salamo 3alaykom = Hello / Hi.

Salam = Peace.

Salamo 3alaykom = Peace be upon you.

The Possible answers:

Salam / Wa 3alaykom Salam 

Wa 3alaykom Salam = And Peace be upon you.

How to Say Good Morning in DARIJA


Sba7 Lkhir =  Good Morning.

The answer:

Sba7 Nour ( it’s like you wish him/her a Bright Morning).

Vocabulary translated in English:

Sba7 = Morning (the original word is  ” الصباح ” which means ” Morning in Standard Arabic).

Lkhir =  The Good. 

Nour = Light.

How to Say Good Evening in DARIJA  


Msa Lkhir = Good Evening.

The answer:

Msa Nour ( it’s like you wish him/her a bright Evening).

Vocabulary translated in English:

Msa =  Evening (the original word is  ” المساء ” which means “Evening” in Standard Arabic).

Nour = Light.

How to Say “How are you?” in DARIJA


Kidayr? = how are you? ( Addressing a Man )

Kidayra? = how are you? ( Addressing a Woman)

Labas? = how are you? ( Addressing both Man or Woman)

Some Possible answers:

Labas = Fine / Good.

Labas, L7amdolillah = Fine/Good, Praise be to god.

Bikhir = Very Good.

Bikhir, L7amdolillah = Very Good, Praise be to god.

How to Say Thank you in Moroccan Arabic


Chokran = Thank you.

Chokran Bezaf = Thank you so much.

Some possible answers:


La Chokran 3ala lwajib = No thanks for the duty.

L3afw = a Pardon.

Useful Expressions and Vocabulary in Moroccan Arabic

L7amdolillah = Praise be to god.

Mar7ba Bik = you are welcome ( Addressing one person ).

Mar7ba Bikoum = You are welcome ( Addressing 2 persons or more ).

Sma7 li = Sorry / Excuse me ( Addressing a Man ).

Sam7i li = Sorry / Excuse me  ( Addressing a Woman ).

3afak = Please.

La = No.

Ah, yeh = Yes.

Wah = Yes (Especially in the Northeast of Morocco like Oujda, Berkane,..etc).

Wakha = Ok.

7chouma = Shame on you.

Sir F7alk = Go away.

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