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Arabic or French?

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Arabic or French?

What's better to speak when in Morocco? Arabic or French? I'll be traveling in a number of cities, both urban and rural, and would like to know the most prevalent language for casual communication. Thanks

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1. Re: Arabic or French?

Berber is widely spoken but even those who are not fluent in Darija (Moroccan Arabic dialect) will know the standard greeting phrases which, because they are Islamic-based are in Arabic.

Tourists are greeted in French (or Spanish in the north) by those who speak the language(s).

Explanation of Morocco's 'Tower of Babel': morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/…

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3. Re: Arabic or French?

French is useful. Standard Arabic is very different from Darija and is often not understood in Morocco. Basic phrases are generally understood but anything more may not be.

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4. Re: Arabic or French?

Moroccan Arabic is the most prevalent, however French is the business language and is widely spoken. If you have not spoken Arabic before I would suggest that you learn some basic greetings and then practice your French for conversations. A lot of people also speak English.

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5. Re: Arabic or French?

Hi,

Moroccans will certainly understand Arabic from another country (they will probably say you are speaking Egyptian; they watch so many soaps from Egypt) but you will not necessarily understand what they say back.

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6. Re: Arabic or French?

If interested in learning Darija here's one reasonable site:

http://www.speakmoroccan.com/

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7. Re: Arabic or French?

I spoke French the 7.5 years i lived there. In many of the larger tourist towns a fair amount of English is also spken.

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