Past Perfect Tense

The use of the Past Perfect Tense in Moroccan Arabic In Darija, kan +main verb (in the past) is the equivalent of the past perfect in English. The positive form of the past perfect tense in Darija Examples Kunt salit 9bel ma tji. I had finished before you came in. Kan lfilm yallah bda melli jiti. The…

Past Continuous Tense

The use of the past continuous in Darija Kan tay stands for was verb+ing, hence the past continuous tense, and also stands for used to. The positive form of the past continuous tense Examples Kunt tan9ra wa7ed lktab fach 3aye6ti lia. I was reading a book when you called me. Kan ghadi lmedrasa dik sa3a. He…

Future Tense

The use the future tense in Darija Same as in English, we use the future tense to talk about actions that will or may happen in the future. The positive form of the future tense Examples Ghadi nduz 3andek ghedda. I will drop by your place tomorrow. Gha yemshi 3and 6bib simana jjayya. He will go…

Simple Sentences in Darija

To learn to speak Darija, you'll have to learn the sentence structure in Darija. In this post we shall start with the Darija simple sentences. Most of the structures in Darija are interchangeable such as subject+verb and verb+subject. Verb only When a pronoun is the subject, it is usually omitted from the sentence. This way…

Consonants in Darija

This is our introduction to Darija consonants. Darija Consonants Part 1 First, we start with the Darija consonants that are similar to the English consonants which are b, f, t, z, sh, k and g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wZfQVhktP8 Second, the Darija consonants that are a bit different from the English consonants which are: h, r, s' and d'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDoPOZvIB-Y Last, the…

Past Tense

The use of the Darija Past Tense The Darija past tense is used the same way as in English except for some cases which will be explained later. Example 1 Mchit el medrasa f sba7 m3a 8. I went to school at 8 o’clock in the morning. Example 2 Tfarrejt f wa7ed lfilm wa3er lbare7. I…

Present Tense

The use of the present tense in Darija The Darija present tense, as is the case with present tense in English, refers to a situation that is permanent, an action we do on  a daily basis for example, but also an action that is being done at the time being. The positive Form of the present tense Examples…