Armchair Arabist: “I’d Love To…”

Reposted with permission from Matt Schumann, check out his great work at “The Armchair Arabist.” Thanks goes to Said Fertate for his input and edits to the original post’s transcription and translation. Minor editing by Chad Ratashak.

Here is a clip from a documentary featuring Moroccans in their 60s speaking about their views on life, society and the future. In this clip, a woman talks about money and what she’d like to do with hers in the future. This clip is good for beginning Moroccan Arabic students as it features verbs in the present tense and negation

Transcript: Moroccan Arabic, Latin transcript, English.

مانْكرهش نْخبّع متلا … ما نجمّع شويا. عندي بنتي ماساكناش هناية في المغرب. مانْكراهش نِمشي لعندها. هادي نْبغي نْخلي شوية باش ندير شي حاجة

“Mankrahsh nkhabba3 matalan… ma najma3 shwiya… 3andi banti masakinash hnaya f lmaghrib, mankrahsh nimshi l3andha… hadi, nbghi nkhalli shwiya, bash ndir shi 7aja.”

“I’d love to put away some money, for example, to grow it a little. I have a daughter who doesn’t live here in Morocco. I would love to go visit her. This… I’d like to leave some, so I can do something.”

Vocabulary Review
  • mankrahsh – مانكرهش – means  “I’d love to”, “I’d like to” or “I wouldn’t mind to”. It’s meaning can be stronger depending on context. This is the negative of the present tense verb nkrah – نكره – “I dislike”. See here for an explanation of negation.
  • nkhabba3 – نخبّع – means “to keep”, literally “to hide” something. This is the first person present tense form of the verb, and it is in the subjunctive. Read more about the present tense conjugation of verbs here.
  • matalan – متلا – means “for example”.
  • shwiya – شوية – means “a little bit” or “a little”
  • masakinash hnaya – ماساكناش هناية – means “she doesn’t live here”. masakinash is the negative of sakina – ساكنة – the active particle of the verb sakina – سكن – which means “to live” or “to reside” in a given place. The active particle is often used in Moroccan Arabic as a substitute for present tense verbs. hnaya – هناية – means “here”, and it’s oppositre is tima – تمة –  “there”
  • nbghi – نبغي – means “I like” or “I love”.
  • bash – باش – is a preposition that means “in order to”. It is used before present tense verbs and the initial kaf is dropped:   
مشيت المغرب باش نقرى العربية
mshit lmaghrib bash nqra l3rabiyya
I went to Morocco to learn Arabic.
  • ndir – ندير – means “I do”.
  • shi 7aja – شي حاجة – means “something”. This is an phrase comprised of shi, which is the indefinite article, functioning like “a” or “an” in English, and 7aja, which means “thing”.

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.

15 [English/Darija] Mazyan Bizaf Show: Live From the University of Maryland AKA Shabab Bizaf Show

MBS015 Our live episode was recorded at the University of Maryland.  Chad Ratashak and Mourad Benboussetta discuss the similarities and differences between Moroccan and Algerian Darija.DSC_7484
Topics mentioned in the course of discussion:
Here’s an article about the event.
Mazyan Bizaf Show Live Taping poster
Original Announcement:
Special Event Announcement:
   Mazyan Bizaf Show Live Taping and Q&A
December 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM
University of Maryland, College Park
Jimenez Hall Room 220
Hosted by the Arabic Flagship Program
This event is open to all students.
Chad Ratashak, creator of the Mazyan Bizaf Show podcast, will be live taping an episode on campus with special guest Mourad Benboussetta, an Arabic Flagship Program language partner. Topics include the dialectical and cultural differences and similarities between Morocco and Algeria with examples from everyday life, music, and more. There will also be a Q&A portion when you can ask any questions you might have about Morocco, Algeria, linguistics, culture, podcasting, or anything else you can think of!

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.

Matt and Dallas Schumann join “Mazyan Bizaf Show”

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To all of our faithful listeners, we’d like to announce two new contributors to Mazyan Bizaf Show, Matt and Dallas Schumann. 

Dallas is fluent in several Arabic dialects and is interested in helping us analyze the impact of the Ottoman Empire on Arabic dialectal boundaries. Matt is currently pursuing a PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His area of expertise is Early Modern Moroccan History.  We hope to learn much more about them soon; they will be recording an episode to introduce themselves and their expertise sometime between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year.

Matt’s blog, The Armchair Arabist, provided excellent study materials on Moroccan Arabic, but he was most prolific from 2012 to 2013. We found his site and approached him to see if you he was interested in getting back into educating a wide audience about Darija. After investigating the podcast, Matt graciously offered to join Abdessamad and Chad in creating our podcast and website. We will be reposting his material on this page (with permission, of course).

13 [English] Moroccan Holidays: Eid el-Kebir

MBS013 Eid al-Adha (“the Feast of Sacrifice”), also known as Eid el-Kebir (“the Big Holiday”) in Morocco, is an important celebration in the Muslim world. Today, Chad and Abdessamad are back in the same episode to discuss some important traditions for celebrating Eid.

In this episode:

-Livestock markets

-Charities related to Eid


-Sheep poop


-Supermarket livestock layaway

-Grilled sheep livers

-Khlie (the delicious Moroccan meat-and-eggs breakfast)

-Sheep brain couscous

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

10 [English] Souq: Rials


MBS010 In this episode, we discuss the rial and it’s role in traditional markets and chaabi accounting of money. We are starting a series on the souq in Moroccan society.Real


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