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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Morocco

During your stay in Morocco, learn the basic "Hello" and "Thank you" in Arabic which will help you in many situations.

Several languages

In Morocco there are two official languages, Arabic and Amazigh, which are spoken in the streets and villages of Morocco. Classical Arabic, more commonly known as Literary Arabic, is the administrative language of the country. Generally speaking, you will hear Moroccan Arabic spoken in the streets.

French is also widely spoken in Morocco, and you can use it almost everywhere to communicate and get information. In the north of the country, you will also find many Moroccans who speak Spanish due to their proximity to Spain.

Arabic

How to negotiate

Duringyour travels in Morocco, it is very useful to know and use some Arabic words to negotiate prices in shops, restaurants or hotels . It will always make a very good impression and will allow you to stand out from the crowd of tourists and show you are willing to make an effort in their country.

Arabic writing

Arabic writing is particularly difficult to learn and very different from the English and Latin alphabets. If you have the opportunity during your stay, it is fascinating to learn a few basics of Arabic calligraphy You will discover the beauty of the calligraphed letters in the magnificent and moving works of the the calligrapher Hassan Massoudy.

Basic expressions / Common Words

UsaArabe
Good morning / Good eveningSalam Alekum / Msal'khir
How are you?Labass
Fine, thank you, and you?Labass hamdoullah
I understand / I don't understandFhamt / Ma Fhamtch
SorrySmahli
GoodbyeBsslama
WelcomeMarhba
Thank you (very much)Choukran (choukran bezaf)
Excuse meSmahli / Afak
My name is...Ismiyti
No thank youLa choukran
Yes / NoWakha / La
You're welcomeLa choukran aâla ouajib / marhba

Commerce

UsaArabe
How much is it?Bch-hal
It is very cheapR-khiss
It is too expensive!Ghali bezaf !
Can you lower the price?N-kass taman afak
I would like to buy ... this one!Brit nchri hada !
I like it / I don't like itAâjabni / Ma aâjabnich
MoneyFlouss
I'm just looking around.Ghir tan chouf

Transportation

UsaArabe
I would like to go to ...Brit Nemchi
PlaneTiyara
BoatBato
TrainTraine
TaxiTaxi
BusTobis
I would like to rent ...B-ghit N-kri
MotorbikeMotor
CarTomobile
BikeBichklita

Directions

UsaArabe
Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Fayne ? / Kif nemchi li… ?
BankBanka
Train stationMahata
CentreOuassit el medina
HotelFoundouk
HospitalSbitar
Is it close / far?Ouech krib / biîd
Straight aheadNichan
Left / RightLissar / Limen
North / South / East / WestChamal / Janoub / Chark / Gharb

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

UsaArabe
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenouahed, jouj, tlata, rbaâ, chamsa, sita, seba (ne s'écrit pas en alphabet latin), tamaniya, tassoud, achra
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtytmanin, tlatin, rabin, khamsin, settin
seventy, eighty, ninetysabin, tmanin, tassin
One hundredmiya

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

UsaArabe
What time is it?Ch-hal hadi fi saâ ?
When?Foukach ?
YesterdayLbareh
Today (morning/midday/evening)Lioum
TomorrowGhadda
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayTnin , tlat , lalbeê, khmiss, joumouaâ, sebt, had
I am here on vacationAna hna fil outla / Ana mssafra
I am here for businessAna hna li el khadma

Time to eat!

UsaArabe
I am hungry / I am thirstyFiya Jouû / Fiya el êtach
EnjoyBssaha !
Cheers!Bssaha !
It was deliciousLay i âtik ssaha !
What can you recommend?ach tat oussi ?
I am vegeterianMa tan akoulch el lham
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Bla aâtriya ! (Ma tan bghich al atriya)
It's too hotS-khoun bezaf !
I am allergicFiya al hassassiya
Sea food« Froui dmer » : crouvite
PeanutsCacaouit
GlutenGluten
I would like...B-ghit
WaterEl Ma
Tee / CoffeeAtay / Kahwa
Beer / WineBirra / Vin
The bill, pleaseBch-hal aâfak

Health / Emergency / Security

UsaArabe
I need to see a doctor.H-tajit nchouf el tabib
Call an ambulance / Call 911Aâyak L tabib / ambulance !
Where is the hospital?Fayne Sbitar
I do not feel very goodHassa brassi eêyana !
It hurts hereFiya loujaâ hna
Where can I find the restrooms?Fayne El Bagno ?
Help!Aâtkouni !
PoliceBoulice
DangerKhatar
I'm lostJlit rassi

Other

UsaArabe
Have a nice day !Lay i aâouen !
Nina Montagné
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Updated 26 October 2018

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