It’s been awhile since I have done a darija update with new terms and phrases so here you are! Today I’m focusing on chores and daily routines as I’ve been asked by a reader to share these words. These terms will be helpful for talking to your children, understanding when someone is talking to you or if you need to communicate with domestic help. I know many expats living in Morocco employ help for cleaning and cooking, hopefully these phrases will help you better explain what you need or would like done.
One of the issues I faced when writing this is that each person’s situation is different so not all these phrases will cover what you’re looking for. Also, unless you understand darija it will be hard to understand what is being said to you. I strongly encourage anyone who will be living in Morocco to immediately sign up for a darija classes and begin learning the language. You can even start before you move. Dialect Marrakech is a great program that offers online learning through Skype so you can learn from anywhere. Remember the more you use and hear darija, the sooner you will pick it up. Words and phrases will be different depending on where in the country you live.
The darija translations are given for speaking to a female. To speak to a male remove the i to say afak instead of afaki. I am transliterizing how these words sound TO ME. There is no standardized spelling in Darija.[table “” not found /]
You may also need to know the words for typical cleaning supplies. Here are a few.[table “” not found /]
There you have it! It’s also worth noting the Moroccan style of cleaning is a bit different from how it’s done in the US. As most floors are all tile they are not cleaned with a mop like we would think of. They are first swept, then soapy water is put down and mopped using the floor towel on the end of a squeege. Next bleach water may go down. A final wiping up happens with another floor towel. If done properly it works well. However you may want to set aside floor towels to be used just in the bathroom, or just in the bedrooms as they can often be used throughout all rooms.
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