Category Archives: La Bas لا باس episodes

25 [English/Darija] Au Revoir Alif – French Origin, Darija Pronunciation

In this episode, Chad describes the rule that Darija tends to drop an initial alit, which obscures the origin of several French words.

Automobile – automobile – طوموبيل

Bus – autobus – طوبيس

Apartment – appartement – برطما

Hospital – hôpital – صبيطار

This rule was previously discussed in Episode 3: Basic Darija Phonetics. 


23 [Darija] Slam and Rap Phonetics in Morocco – Interview with Sarah Schwartz

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In this episode Chad interviews guest Sarah Schwartz on her Fulbright research. Learn about the social role of rap and slam poetry in Morocco, and their their distinct phonetic features.

مورة \مرّة – next (temporal and spatial)

22 [Darija] Let Sleeping Camels Lie

Season 4 is back, for real!

In this episode, guest Addie tells Abdessamad her favorite Darija expression and discusses her experience as a student who has done multiple study abroad programs in Morocco.101_0611

“خلي داك الجمل راكد”

ك = G في هاد السياق


16 [English/Darija] Season 3: Shal Hadi شحال هادي

MBS016 In this episode, we make some announcements about Season 3 and introduce the Darija term “شحال هادي,” which roughly means “way back when” or “…شحال هادي ما” meaning “I haven’t … in a forever” or “It’s been a long time since I’ve…” And it’s been a long time since we’ve given you an episode, so thanks to all our listeners for sticking with us.

14 [Darija] Same Difference كيف كيف و بحال بحال

MBS014 In this episode, we discuss the meaning and usage of the terms “Kif Kif – كيف كيف” and “Bhal bhal – بحال بحال”

These terms both me “same thing,” or “it’s the same to me.” You can use them to politely express no preference between two or more options, like:
-“Coffee or tea?”
-“Kif kif”

-“Do you like apples or bananas”
-“Bhal bhal”

We also announce our schedule for the rest of the calendar year and the addition of Matt and Dallas to our Mazyan Bizaf Show team. We will have one more regular episode, one episode introducing Matt and Dallas, and one episode recorded at the University of Maryland.

12 [Darija] حوار: بحث عن مول الحانوت

MBS012 يناقش الاستاذ عبد الصمد و الطالبة الأمريكية كايلي بحثها عن دور مول الحانوت في       المجتمع المغربي و دور الحوانت في التسويق المعربي و الأقتصاد و العلاقة بين الحوانت و العولمة

9 [Darija] حوار بين الأستاذ عبد الصمد و الطالب لوقاس

MBS009 في هذه الحلقة، يتخدث الأساذ عبد الصمد و الطالب لوقاس عن الدارجة المغربية و الثقافة المغربية و المأكولات إلخ


Harira oranaise

For more information:

معقودة – Maakouda Batata |

حريرة – Harira | Wikipedia

8 [Darija] Season 2 and Recap of Summer بداية الموسم الجديد

MBS008 Chad and Abdessamed talk in Darija about their summer and some of their plans for the new season.

Stay tuned for a lot of new content during Season 2 in our podcast and on our website. We have big plans!

7 [Eng/Darija] “Greetings in Darija” التحيات بالدارجة

MBS007 Darija terms for various greetings. We discuss body language, multiple meanings of “la bas,” and tricks to help you fake it ’til you make it. Using proper greetings can help you get out of the French sand trap and start learning Darija.

This episode was recorded during Season 1. It is the companion episode for Episode 6 (in which we described the cultural importance of greetings in Morocco).