Learning Darija

Darija is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. I ask myself daily what the heck was I thinking when I chose Morocco? But honestly learning any new language is difficult and I have found myself understanding more and more each day. I’ve even become fairly proficient with a couple of the sounds that don’t exist in English.

I have a few favorite words that I thought I’d share:

Mashi Muskil: No problem. I use this all.the.time. Especially since there is a 2 year in my house and the family thinks he is bothering me when he wants to play.

Nchoufak mnBa3d: See you later! I use this every time I leave the house.

Safi. Chb3t hamdullah: Done/Enough. I’m full, Thanks to God. Used every meal and then my family pushes fruit in front of me.

Shwiya B Shwiya: Little by Little.  I’m learning Darija shwiya b shwiya.

Some day I’ll figure out how to show you the pronunciations. Two things to remember is that all letters are pronounced and numbers represent sounds not made in English.

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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