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[سلام (salam)] This is Chaima again. Welcome to Arabic weekly words and let’s find out this week’s topic. It’s Moroccan cities [المدن المغربية (al mudun al maghribuya] first city
1.
[الدار البيضا ء] Casablanca.
In Darija, we’d say [ddar lbîDa].
The Fusa word and the Darija word are always close for the names of the cities.
كازا بلانكا مدينة زوينة و لكن فيها الرطوبة
kazablânka mdîna zwîna walakin fîha rruTûba.
Casablanca is a beautiful city but it’s humid.
The word [الدار (addār)] means house and [البيضا ء(al bayḍa’] means white. So it literally means Whitehouse.
Our next city,
2.
[الربا ط] Rabat.
In Darija, we say [rrbâT] or
الرباط هي عاصمة المغرب
rribâT hiya ʻâSimat lmaghrib.
Rabat is the capital of Morocco.
Next city,
3.
[مراك ش] Marrakech.
In Darija, we say [mrrâksh].
بالنسبة لي ، مراكش هي أجمل مدينة ف
المغرب
binnisba liyya, marrâksh hiya ajmal madîna flmaghrib.
For me, Marrakech is the most beautiful city in Morocco.
Next city
4.
فاس Fes and
we call it the same thing in Darija [fâs]
فاس مدينة قديمة بزاف و غنية ثقافيا
fâs mdîna qdîma bzzâf w ghaniyya thaqafiyyân.
Fes is an old city, it is a very old city and its rich culturally.
Next city
5.
شفشاو ن
Chefchaouen, [shafshâwn] some people in Darija especially people from the Northern Morocco call it [شاون (shawen)] as like [short form] of [شفشاو ن(chefchaouen)]
الناس كايڭولو لشفشاون المدينة الزرقاء
nnâs kaygûlû lshfshâwin almadîna zzarqâ’.
people call Chefchaouen the Blue City.
It’s a beautiful place, yeah. Everyone should try that.
That was it from the Moroccan cities. I will see you next week and thank you for joining us, bye.

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