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Learn Arabic (Moroccan)

English Arabic (Moroccan)
Hello السلام
Good evening مسا لخير
Goodbye بسلامة
See you later من بعد
Yes ايه
Yes نعام
No لا
Please! عافاك
Thanks شكرا
Thanks a lot شكرا بزاف
Thank you for your help شكرا على المساعدة
Don't mention it بلا جميل
Ok واخا
How much is it? بشحال هدا عافاك؟
Sorry! سمح ليا
I don't understand ما فهمتش
I get it فهمت
I don't know معرفتش
Forbidden ممنوع
Excuse me, where are the toilets? فين كاين لمرحاض من عافاك ؟
Happy New Year! سنة سعيدة
Happy birthday! عيد ميلاد سعيد
Happy holiday! مبروك لعواشر
Congratulations! مبروك
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Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.

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This course aims to give travelers the tools they need to quickly master essential expressions in Moroccan Arabic (also known as « darija ») for everyday situations, such as greeting someone, asking for directions, or ordering a dish in a restaurant. By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate with simple words on their next trip to Morocco.
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How to Learn Moroccan Arabic by Yourself? Start with an Easy and Free Online Course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly.

We suggest you start by memorizing words, phrases, and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.

Getting used to pronouncing words out loud, such as numbers, is an easy exercise you can often practice and at any time throughout the day.

This practice will help you get accustomed to the sounds of your chosen language, making it more familiar.

Once your holidays have begun, whether in Rabat, Marrakech, Casablanca, or elsewhere in Morocco, you will be surprised at how familiar and easy to understand it will seem. Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It allows you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why Speak Moroccan Arabic While Traveling?

Knowing Moroccan Arabic is an asset for all lovers of Moroccan culture, allowing you to make the most of your stay in Morocco. The diversity of landscapes that extend from desert areas to mountain ranges, alongside the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, a dazzling culture, and unique gastronomy: these are assets that guarantee this country's position as a first-class tourist destination in Africa.
If your interests are more business-oriented, Morocco is one of the leading economic powers in Africa.

Make a Success of Your Stay in Morocco

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends on a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful than being able to slip in a few words in the language of your interlocutors. They will appreciate your effort and be more willing to help.

How to Succeed in Having Good Pronunciation Within a Week to a Month?

Start by learning the alphabet well. Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with many millions of speakers, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.
Known as Darija in Morocco, the Moroccan Arabic dialect encompasses other varieties of the language spoken in the country and is used as the lingua franca between Arabic-speaking and Berber-speaking people.

Understanding Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

Darija is characterized by the use of the Latin alphabet and numbers on the Internet and SMS, and by the substitution of some letters of standard Arabic. Here are some examples:
The ث (th) is replaced by ت (t).
The ظ (dh) is replaced by ض (d).

Pronunciation Guidelines for Moroccan Arabic

The pronunciation of standard Arabic is based on simple vowels or diphthongs and emphatic consonants (velar consonants that influence the timbre of surrounding vowels). Note that the writing of certain letters changes according to their position within a word. Here are some pronunciation guidelines for Moroccan Arabic:

  • The خ (kh) is pronounced like the Spanish JOTA or the German CH.
  • The ح (h) is aspirated as in the Arabic name Hasan.
  • The ھ (h) is pronounced with a slight exhalation, like the English H in HOME.
  • The ر (r) is pronounced like a rolled R.

Tips for Learning Moroccan Arabic

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Moroccan Arabic alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Moroccan Arabic more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Moroccan Arabic as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Moroccan media. Watch Moroccan movies, listen to Moroccan music, and follow Moroccan news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Use Official Online Resources

There are many excellent official online resources to help you learn Moroccan Arabic:

6. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts.

7. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Moroccan Arabic daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Moroccan Arabic in no time. Happy learning!

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Maggie :  Love this site for the simplicity of basic phrases... which give you the confidence to learn more. A search engine for pronunciation would be SO helpful. Like how to pronounce food names and basic things you encounter on the street.
But i'm pleased to have found this!
Loecsen:Thank you for this suggestion. We have added it to the future features to be added to this service!
Safana :  Your site is amazing, but can you please add Emarati arabic? I would appreciate it.
Loecsen: thank you! The standard Arabic will be put online very soon.
Afsheen mahmood :  I love your site, but i also want to learn urdu but it isn't on your site, please add Urdu language too. Keep it up

Loecsen: It's coming soon!