Darija – Greetings

Greetings are quite warm in Morocco, that you’ll find a person you meet for the first time asking you about your health, family, work and so on. When two persons meet, their greetings can be long depending on how close they are to one another. Even when you come across somebody in the street, you manage to ask them quickly about their family.

Situational dialogue:


Sara: Sbâ7 lkhîr.

Fatima: Sbâ7 nnôr

Sara: Kî dâyra? Lâ bâs 3lîk?

Fatima: Lâ bâs l7mdo lillah, w ntî?

Sara: Kol shî bîkhîr, Rbbi ykhllîk.

سارة: صْباح لخير

فاطمة: صْباح النور

سارة: كي دايرة؟ لا باس عليك؟

فاطمة: لا باس، لحمدُ لله. و نْتي؟

سارة: كُل شي بِخير، ربي يخليك

Moroccan Darija

Arabic Writing

Translation

Explanation and Comments

Sbâ7 lkhîr

صْباح لخير

Good morning

Literally (morning of wealth/grace).

Sbâ7 nnôr

صْباح النور

Good morning

Literally (morning of light).

Kî dâyra?

كي دايرة؟

How are you doing?

Composed of two words:

Kif shortened to kî: How.

Dâyra: you do, conjugated to the singular feminine.

Lâ bâs 3lîk?

لا باس عليك؟

No harm on you?

It’s used to mean (are you okay?).

L7mdo lillah

لحمدُ لله

Praise be to Allah.

W ntî?

و نْتي؟

And you?

[See lesson about pronouns.]

Kol shî bîkhîr

كُل شي بِخير

All is fine.

Kol shi is exactly like everything, it’s composed of two parts:

Kol : every/all.

Shî : thing.

Rbbî ykhllîk

ربي يخليك

May Allah protect you.

Ssalâmo 3alîkom

السلام عليكم

Peace be upon you

This can be shortened to just (ssalam السلام) sometimes. For which the answer is (w “likom ssalam و عليكم السلام).

Msâ lkhîr/nnôr

مسا لخير/ النور

Good evening

Bîkhîr

بخير

Fine

Mmâlîn ddâr?

مّالين الدّار؟

And your family?

Literally (the house owners?).

Lwlîdât?

لْولِيدات؟

The kids?

Bslâma

بْسْلامة

Goodbye

Ntshâwfô ghddâ

نْتشاوْفو غْدّا

See you tomorrow