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Morocco Languages

Due to Morocco's diverse history with colonial rule from both the Spanish and French, there are a number of languages in Morocco, but the two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber).  Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. The languages of prestige in Morocco are Arabic in its Classical and Modern Standard Forms and French, the latter of which serves as a second language for many Moroccans.

However in the North, Spanish is more widely spoken as a second language than French.  English is now taught as the second foreign language in many Moroccan schools and many Moroccans especially in tourist destinations will be able to communicate in English.

Below are some basic phrases in Moroccan local Arabic dialect, Darija, learning a few phrases will go a long way in Morocco;

Helpful phrases

     English     Arabic     Pronunciation

   Welcome

    مرحابة

       mrehba

   Hello (General greeting)

      اسلا عليكم

    ssalamū 'lekum

  Hello (on phone)

   الو

   alu

   How are you?

 كيف حالك؟
لاباس عليك؟
لاباس عليك؟
 لاباس عليك؟

kīf halek?
labas 'lik?
>f kidayra?
>m kidayr?

Reply to 'How are you?'

  لاباءس بارك الله فيك

انا بخير شكرا ونتة؟

 (labas, barak llāhū fīk)

(ana bekhīr shukran, wenta?)

  What's your name?

 شنو اسميتك؟

 اسميتك؟

shno smītek?

asmītek?

My name is ...

 انا سميتى ...
سميتى ...

ana smītī...

smītī...

  Where are you from?

 منين انت؟

 منين انت؟

 منين انتم؟

>m mnīn nta?

>f mnīn ntī?

mnīn ntūma? pl

   I'm from ...

 انا من 

 ana men ...

   Pleased to meet you

 متشرفين

  metšerrfīn

  How do you say ... in Arabic?

كيفاش كتكولو

... ب العربية؟

   kīfash kaygūlū ... bel'arabīya?

   Please

   parakaloúme

   Para-kalo

   I'm sorry

  Signomi 

   seegh-no-mee

   Thank you

   Efkharisto

   eff-kah-rees-toh

   You're welcome

  Parakalo

   pah-rah-kah-loh

   I want a beer

   Thelo mia  mpira

   theh-loh me-ah be-rah

   Tea

   Tsai

   tsah-e

   Coffee

  Kafe

   kah-feh

   Wine

 Krasi

   Krah- see

   Water

Nero

   neh- ro

   Bus

   Λεωφορείο

Layowfo 'reeo   

   Taxi

   Taksi

   Taxi

 

    Greek Alphabet and Numbers

   Vowels;

   A - 'ah'

   E - 'eh'

   İ - 'ee'

   O - 'oh'

   U - 'u'

   Consonants;

  B - 'buh'

  C -  'see'

  D - as in 'drum'

  Fas in 'farm'

  G - as in 'give'

  H - as in 'help'

  J - as in the French name 'Jean'

    - as in 'kin'

   L  - as in 'lost'

   - as in 'men'

  N - as in 'now'

  P - as in 'pet'

   Q  - as in 'queen'

   Rrolled very lightly

   S - as in 'snake'

   T - as in 'team'

   V - as in 'vingar'

   W -   as in 'window'

   Y - as in 'yes'

   Z'zuh' 

    Number     Greek     Pronunciation

     1

    Ena   

    En -a 

    2

  Dio

    Thee-oh

    3

  Tria

    Tree-a

    4

Tessera

    Tess-air-uh

    5

Pente

   Pen-day

    6

Exi

    Ex-ee

     7

Epta

    Ef-ta

    8

    Octo   

    oc-toh

    9

Ennea

   en-nay-a 

   10

Deka

     Thek-a   

  

When ordering food it is helpful to know what your options are on the menu! Some menus outside may be purely in Greek, and the following words can be very useful;

    English     Greek     Pronunciation

   Chicken

   κοτόπουλο

   koto- poulo

   Fish

   ψάρι

   ps-ari

   Lamb

   apvaki

   arn-aki

   Beef steak

   μοσχαρίσια μπριζόλα

   mos-chari-sia bri-zola

   Pork

   χοιρινό

   choi-rino

   Sugar

   ζάχαρη

   zach - ari

   Salt

   άλας

  a- las

   Bread

   ψωμί

  pso- mi

   Hot

   καυτό

   kaf- to

   Cold

   κρύο

   kr - yo

   Ice cream

   παγωτό

   pago-to

A beautiful sweet pastry dessert  sold in Greek bakeries and you will see this as a dessert option on most menus.

   Baklava

   Back-la-var