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Learn Moroccan Arabic

Moroccan Arabic, also known as Moroccan Darija, is the version of Arabic spoken in Morocco and is the first language of over half the population. It is part of the Maghrebi Arabic group along with Algerian and Tunisian Arabic, which are broadly mutually understandable. It is mostly a spoken language, with Modern Standard Arabic being used in most written situations. French is also prevalent in the country and influences the vocabulary of Moroccan Arabic significantly. Other major influences come from Berber and Spanish. 

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Morocco

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Afro-Asiatic

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Central Semitic

Arabic

Maghrebi Arabic

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Fun facts — Arabic (Moroccan)

Moroccan Arabic is so different from other regional dialects of Arabic that it is considered the most difficult to understand by Middle Eastern Arabs.

Moroccans use lots of French words in their daily speech but also borrow from Spanish. For example, 'kitchen' is kuzina (كوزينة) from Spanish cucina. 'Week' is simana (سيمانا) from Spanish semana.

Vowels are very short and are often dropped: 'country', pronounced balad (بلد), becomes blad or bled.

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