Verb Conjugation Part 1

In this post, we're going to explore the different approaches to the different verb types and how we can do verb conjugation in Darija. First we start with the 3-letter verbs, verbs that contain 3 letters only.  Verbs containing 3 consonants Example: 3raf (to know) The Verb 3raf in the Past Tense 3raft (I knew) 3rafti…

Present Tenses Transition

Introduction to the present tenses transition When you want to speak Darija, you probably transition from English to Darija; that's why I came up with this post; to make it easy for English speakers to learn to speak Darija in an easy and smooth way. First, we start with how to transition the present tenses…

Future Perfect Tense

The use of the future perfect tense In Darija, ghadi ykon + verb (in the past) is the equivalent of the future perfect in English. The positive form of the future perfect tense Examples Ghadi nkun salit dik sa3a. I will haven finished by then. Ghadi yekun sala lfilm melli tewsel sa3a lreb3a (4). The movie will…

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…

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…