Moroccan Arabic , also known as Darija, is the dialect of Arabic spoken in Morocco . While its base is Arabic , Darija contains Amazigh (the native “Berber” languages), French, and Spanish. Basic phrases like thank you, hello, how are you? are the same as their native Arabic roots.
The difficulty in learning Moroccan Arabic stems from the fact that there is only a small amount of books or methods dedicated to that particular dialect. It’s hard to find good quality material to help you learn the colloquial language spoken in Morocco . Learning Moroccan Arabic per se isn’t hard .
Modern Standard Arabic
Some Moroccans believe themselves to be of mixed Arab-Berber descent or of Arab-Berber -Andalusian ancestry. There are no official figures about the exact ethnic origins of all Moroccans, but the implicitly accepted idea inside and outside Morocco is that Moroccans are essentially mixed Arab-Berbers .
English is an emerging language in Morocco , especially in larger cities. English speakers abound in Morocco . And most taxi drivers, even in larger cities, speak very little ( if any) English . So, though there are English speakers to be found, English still is not one of the most common languages in Morocco .
According to the Moroccan constitution, Islam is the religion of the state , and the state guarantees freedom of thought, expression, and assembly.
Morocco is located in northwestern Africa. Morocco is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Alboran Sea, Algeria to the east, Western Sahara to the south, and Spain (Ceuta and Melilla) to the north.
Berber, self-name Amazigh, plural Imazighen , any of the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania.
The largest ethnic groups in North Africa Berbers and West Africans in the west and the Arabs in the east approaching the Middle East. The region is predominantly Muslim with a Jewish minority in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and significant Christian minority—the Copts—in Egypt , Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
Moroccans ( Arabic : المغاربة al-Maġāriba, Berber: ⵉⵎⵖⵕⴰⴱⵉⵢⵏ Imɣṛabiyen), ancient names Spanish: Moros and English: Moors and The Moorish People, are a Berber Maghrebi nation inhabiting or originating from the modern day country of Morocco in North Africa and who share a common Moroccan culture and ancestry.
There are two formal varieties, or اللغة الفصحى al-lugha(t) al-fuṣḥá , One of these, known in English as Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), is used in contexts such as writing, broadcasting, interviewing, and speechmaking. The other, Classical Arabic, is the language of the Qur’an.
What is the major difference between Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic ? They have different sentence structures, totally different grammar and a bit different pronunciation for letters and words. They share the same vocabulary, but you may find the same words used to indicate slightly different meanings.
Eastern Arabic is the dialect spoken in Syria , Lebanon, Jordan , and Palestine . Eastern Arabic is also very well understood in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Arab world — Arabia, the Gulf Region, and Iraq . Pimsleur’s Eastern Arabic is based on the dialect of Damascus, Syria .