Smiti Ali

Today we started our language training. Ideally I should be able to hold a basic conversation in Darija (Hello, How are you? I’m fine and you? What is your name? My name is) but the second my notes are away from me my brain freezes.

Two things to remember about Darija at this moment is that you pronounce every letter and there are some numbers that are thrown in for good measure. This is due to the fact that Darija is a spoken language, not written, so there are no set ways to spell words and there are some Arabic letters that do not translate to Latin letters.

Here is the basic conversation we learned today:

Ssalam 3alikum        (Peace be upon you — this is the standard greeting, like our Hello)

Wa3alaykum salam

Kif dyr?                       (How are you?)

Labas Lhamdulah   (I’m fine thanks God)

Shnu smitak?           (what is your name?)

Smiti Ali                     (My name is Ali)

U nti?                           (and you? for females)

Mtsharfin                   (Nice to meet you)


Hope you enjoyed this small look into Darija!


About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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