Moroccan Arabic is a variety of Maghrebi Arabic spoken in Morocco by about 20 million people. It is used mainly in everyday conversation, while Modern Standard Arabic is used in offical communications with the government and other public organisations, and a mixture of French and Moroccan Arabic is used in business.
There is no standard way of writing Moroccan Arabic and it is rarely written, though is used to some extent in poetry, newspapers and magazines. The vocabulary is mainly of Arabic origin, with many words borrowed from Berber, French and Spanish. Native names for Moroccan Arabic include مغربي (Maġribi) and الدارجة (Darija).
Moroccan Arabic is more or less mutually intelligible with other varieties of Maghrebi Arabic spoken in Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya, but speakers of Arabic from other regions find it difficult to understand.
Information about Moroccan Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Koul en-nas yetzadou h´ourrin ou metqaddin f-el-hemma w-el-h´ouqouq. Âend-houm el-âqel w-ed-damir ou wajeb âli-houm yetâamlou mâa baâd-houm baâd b-rouh´-el-khawa.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about Moroccan Arabic
Online Moroccan Arabic lessons and other learning resources
A proposal for a standard written Maghrebi Arabic
- Learn Arabic online with ArabicPod101
- Arabic Genie - a quick and easy way to learn the Arabic alphabet
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- TalkInArabic.com - learn colloquial Arabic