Important Phrases

Thank you : Merci [french] :

Choukran: thank you [arabic] : pronounced ‘Shokran’ {Choukran is French spelling. Shokran is nearer to Arabic.}

Lachoukran: no thank you {shukran}

Bonjour : hello [french]:

Hello/ ‘peace be with you’:Salam Alikome{salaam a eleikum is nearer to Arabic transliteration}

Sorry : Pardon, [french]

Please:minfadlik (rarely used in Moroccan Arabic) Afak (Moroccan)

Cheerio:ma arsalama (ma’a salaama, “go with peace”)

Good bye : B slema

good morning :sabba elkir (saba’a el kher)

good night :maas elkir (masa’ el kher)

marhba bikoum = you are welcome : [Fr] vous etes les bienvenus

Other useful phrases:

La bas? = How are you?

La bas = fine (yes, the response is the same as the question) {literally, no harm, also used in response to the French “ca va”?}

Al-hamdu-lillah = Praise be to god.

Feen…? = Where is …? {pronounced “fin”, as in finta, where are you?}

Shahal taman? = How much (price)? C’est combien? (french) {Also, bish hal.}

No = La

Yes = Naam or Iyeh orAiwa {aiwa is modern contemporary Arabic and seldom used in Morocco}

Seer (or Seer f’halek) = go away {or “imshi”} but, ‘imshi’ is considered very rude and asking for trouble

Hashouma = shame on you

Wakha = Ok

Iwa = Ok, Alright, (but it depends on the context)

Shukran = Thank you