50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

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.

50 Basic Words and Phrases in Moroccan Arabic

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicMoroccan Darija in the Arabic Alphabet
YesIyyeh / ah / wahإييه/ آه/واه
Please (addressing a singular)3afakعافاك
Thanks Shokranشكرا
I love you (addressing a singular)Kanbghikكنبغيك
I miss you (addressing a singular)Twe77eshtek توحشتك
A lot Bezzafبزاف
A little Shwiyaشوية
Okay Wakhaواخا
Now Dabaدابا
Not now Mashi daba ماشي دابا
Or Awlaأولا
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 Salitساليت
I am not done / I did not finishMa salitsh ما ساليتش
Beautiful (masculine, singular)Zwin زوين
Bad/ugly (masculine, singular)Khayb خايب
Good (masculine, singular)Mezyanمزيان
Check out this list of 100 adjectives in Moroccan Arabic.
Check out the lesson on the feminine form in Moroccan Arabic.
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 understandMa fhemtshما فهمتش
Do you understand me? (Addressing a singular)Fhemtini? فهمتيني؟
I don’t have any money Ma 3endish lefloussما عنديش الفلوس
Welcome Mer7ba مرحبا
Take (this) Hak (addressing a male)
Haki (addressing a female)
Give me… (Addressing a singular)3tini…عطيني…
I know3reft عرفت
I don’t know Ma 3reftsh ما عرفتش
I forgot Nsitنسيت
I have to go Khasni nemshiخاصني نمشي
It’s your turn (Addressing a singular)Noubtekنوبتك
It’s my turnNoubtiنوبتي
I am tired 3yit عييت
Where is the W.C? Fin kayna twalit? فين كاينة الطواليت
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 findMa lqitsh...ما لقيتش…
Of courseTab3an / Akidطبعا / أكيد
I have a problem.3endi moshkilaعندي 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.

[Last updated in December 2017]


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

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