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 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, and 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

عفاك

   afak

Sorry

اسف

   aasif

Thank you

ﺷﻜﺮﺍ

   Shukran

Good morning

صباح الخير

   ṣbah lkḥīr

Good afternoon

مساء الخير

   mselkḥīr

Where is the toilet

فين كان البيت الماء؟

 fīn kein lbīt lma?

Help

عتقني!

   ʿṭeqnī!

Fire

العافية!

  lʿafīya!

Stop

وقف!

    wqef!

 

    Number    Moroccan Arabic     Pronunciation

1

واحد

Ouahed

2

جوج 

Jouje

3

تلاتا

Tleta

4

ربعا

Arbaha

5

خمسا

Khamsa

6

ستا

Seta

7

سبعا

Sebaa

8

تمنيا

Temnya

9

تسعود

Tèssha

10

 عشرا

  'Ashra