assalamu alaykum

Brief introduction; I’m newly married to a Moroccan and although she can speak and write in over 5 languages… I fall into the category of being an American… in other words I know one language…

I’m attempting to correct this by learning Moroccan and French but I have found Moroccan to be particularly challenging since their are only a few books on darji and from what I have found depending on who it is writing they tend to use different spellings as well. Example Shokran/Chokran…

One of our Moroccan friends told me a joke that I though I would end with.

What do you call someone that knows 3 languages?.. Tri-lingual

What do you call someone that knows 2 languages?.. Bi-lingual

What do you call someone that knows 1 laguage?.. an American…

I look forward to expanding my lingualist skills


dude this is an old joke … nowadays americans are trying to learn more languages coz maybe they know that English wont last ‘‘the international language’’ forever …
well about books of DARIJA , as u said every writer use a different spelling :s … here in the forum we use the spelling used by moroccans in chat , sms …
i wanna tell one more thing … darija is not easy , thats not english with rules gramma … u may say a sentence and a native correct u , when u ask him why ? he says I DONT KNOW …
so be prepared to learn a lot , u’ll need a list where u put words with the spelling we use here and with ur own spelling so u can pronounce it good ( in this ur wife can help u ), and i wanna say that ur lucky to have her coz many darija learners here in the forum are just learning new words without hearing them from a native so they r usin songs TV shows … and this is not always useful .
finally :smiley: mre7ba bik ( ur welcome )

ps- have a look to the old lessons here in the forum and if u dont understand sth u can always ask about it … wuahahahha u have a lot of work to do :stuck_out_tongue:

Welcome sbroughton
about different spellings, take that easy since darija is not written in the latin alphabet so u can use whatever appeals to you as long as u’re giving a close pronunciation which have at the end the same meaning.
those who use “ch” are concerned with french while “sh” are concerned with english, and so on…

Anyway, inchallah you’ll enjoy your time here :slight_smile:

PS Mad,

[Allah ytamenak :stuck_out_tongue: ;)]

Mer7ba bik, sb… sbrgh… sbr… sbroughton! Phew, that’s hard to read. I’ll call you Mr. S :wink: easy measy

@ gigi
loooollll u can always call me to hear some pur darija wuahahhaha

@ DL
jiti bsda3ek 3awtani :s konna hanyine a sata

tfella tfella :stuck_out_tongue:

Sorry sbroughton
Welcome once again :slight_smile:

welcooooooome & wa 3likom ssalam… you should make yourself welcome in the translation section, browse through previous topics and find yourself some affectionate things to say to your wifey :smiley: Allah ykmmlkom bikhir (sp anyone?) & good luck!

Hello and welcome sbroughton :slight_smile:

Hi, sbroughton!

What you tell about americans it’s valid for spaniards. Even if they study english in the school, even if in Spain there are more than four languages spoken, most of spaniards speaks only spanish. And a bad one. :slight_smile:

MarHaba bik f l forum dial Homaq d ed-darija!

welcome to the forum sbroughton !

hope u like it and see u around!