darija

We look forward to welcoming you in our Riad Hotels. We know it’s great fun to learn a few words of the local language when travelling so we’ve prepared some basic vocabulary to get you started. Keep in mind that Henna Cafe has drop in Darija classes daily 3-4 pm for a suggested donation of just 20 dirhams (2 dollars) per person.

GREETINGS

Hello……………………………………………………… Salaam aleikum

Hello………………………………………… Wa aleikum salam

Hi ……………………………………….. Ahlan or Salam (inf)

How are you………………………………………………Labas?

I’m fine, thanks, and you? …… Labas, hamdullah.

Good morning …………………………………….. sba l’gher

Good night………………………………………….. Laila saida

Good day ………………………………… N’harek mabrouk

Good bye ……………………………………………… Bislama

Nice to meet you……………………………. Mishirlfeen

Nice to meet you, too…………………………….Sharaf lia

GENERAL INTRODUCTIONS

What is your name? ………………………. Ashnu smitik?

How old are you?……………………………. Shhal f omrk?

My name is….: … …………………………………… Smitti….

Where are you from?………………………… Menin int/inti?

I’m from….: ………………………………………….. Ana menn….

Where do you live?…………………………….. Feen sakna?

I live in….:……………………………………………… Ana sakna f’…..

I don’t understand:………………………………Ma vehemsch

Do you speak English?…………………….Wash mather bnligizia?

SHOPPING

How much is this cost? ……………………………. Shhal temen?

It is too expensive …………………………………….. Ghali bzzaf

Give me a good price, please ………. Dir li temen mzien, afak

Is it good quality?………………………………… Wash salaa mziena?

DIRECTIONS

Help me please!………………………………………….Awni, afak!

Where is Jmaa al-Fna?……… Feen kaina place Jmaa al-Fna?

Where is the bank?………………………… Feen kaina l’banka?

FOOD

Water………………………….l’ma

Bread …………………………Knobz

Tea: ……………………………… Atay

Sugar………………………….Sucar

Cheese ……………………… Fromage

Milk …………………………….. Halib

Coffee ………………………..Kawa

Eggs ……………………………Beyd

Meat……………………………L’hem

Vegetarian ………………Nabati

POLITENESS

Thank you………………..Shokran

Thanks a lot ……………Shokran bzzaf

Welcome …………………Merhaba

No problem……………Mashi mushkil

Sorry……………………………Smeh lia (m), smhi lia (f)

Please ………………………..Afak

Congratulations……Mabrouk

Please stop……………..Afak baraka

Yes ……………………………….Ah

No ………………………………..La

Enjoy your meal……Besa w’raha

USEFUL ADJECTIVES

Beautiful…………………..Zwin/zwina

Bad/ugly ………………….. Khan/khayba

Good…………………………..Mzien

Happy………………………..Ferhan

Sad………………………………M’qleq

Big ……………………………….Kabir/kabira

Small …………………………. S’ghir/s’ghira

Delicious ………………….B’nin

Hot ………………………………Schoen

Cold…………………………….Berd

NUMBERS

One………………………………………Wahad

Two ………………………………………Jouj

Three …………………………………..Itleta

Four ……………………………………..Rabaa

Five……………………………………….Khamsa

Six …………………………………………Setta

Seven ………………………………….Sebba

Eight ……………………………………Tsmeniya

Nine……………………………………..Sood

Ten………………………………………..Ashlara

Eleven…………………………………Hadash

Twelve ………………………………..Nash

Fifeteen ……………………………..Khamsatash

Twenty ……………………………….Ashreen

Thirty……………………………………Itleteen

Forty…………………………………….Arbein

Fifty ………………………………………Khamseen

Sixty……………………………………..Settein

Seventy………………………………Sebbein

Eighty …………………………………Tsmeneen

Ninety ………………………………… Sein

One hundred…………………Mya

MISCELLANEOUS

Lighter………………………………..Breeka

Everything ……………………….Kulshi

Who……………………………………..Skoon?

What……………………………………Ashnu?

Where…………………………………Feen?

When ………………………………….Impta?

Why …………………………………….Alash?

Shame on you!………………Shuma alik

Many……………………………………Bzzaf

A few/a little……………………Shwia

Master craftsmen ………..Mellum/melluma

Spa……………………………………….Hammam

Wood…………………………………..Oud

  • English speaking concierge
  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Unlimited mint tea
  • All rooms with ensuite
  • Breakfast at the time of your choice
  • Loan of local cell phone
  • Hair dryer
  • Evening meals prepared to order
  • Committed to responsible tourism
  • In room safe for valuables
  • In room mini-fridge
  • Giving back through Henna Café charity
  • Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Hammam & massage
  • Free Marrakech Travel Guide iOS App
  • Free Marrakech Travel Guide Android App