Language Overview

There are a number of languages spoken in Morocco. The two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber). We will be vistiting traditional Berber communities and artisans outside of Fes for Part One of our trip.  Moroccan Arabic - known as Darija - is the spoken language. French also serves as a second language for many Moroccans. According to a 2000–2002 survey done by Moha Ennaji, author of Multilingualism, Cultural Identity, and Education in Morocco, "there is a general agreement that Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, and Berber are the national languages." Ennaji also concluded "This survey confirms the idea that multilingualism in Morocco is a vivid sociolinguistic phenomenon, which is favoured by many people."

There are around 12 million Berber speakers in Morocco,  representing more than a fourth of the population. French retains a major place in Morocco, as it is taught universally and serves as Morocco's primary language of commerce and economics, culture, sciences and medicine; it is also widely used in education and government. Morocco is a member of the Francophonie. 

 
 
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Moroccan Arabic

Moroccan Arabic is the main spoken language in Morocco. It is not written down nor used for official speeches or news programs; only Traditional Moroccan is used for those purposes. Moroccan Arabic is, however, the main language used at home and in the streets of Morocco for everyday conversation.

 
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FRENCH MOROCCAN

 

 
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