Moroccan Arabic (Eddarija / الدارجة)

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.

Moroccan Arabic alphabet

Moroccan Arabic alphabet and pronunciation

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Download an alphabet chart for Moroccan Arabic (Excel)

Notes

Information about Moroccan Arabic pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel and Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

كل الناس يتزاد حرين و متقدين ف الهمة و الحوقق. عندهم العقل و الضمير و واجب عليهم يتعامل مع بعضهم بعض بروح الخوى.

Transliteration

Kul ən-nās yətzādu ḥuṛṛīn w mətqaddīn f əl-həmma w əl-ḥūquq. ʕənd hum əl-ʕaqəl w əḍ-ḍamīr w wājəb ʕalī-hum yətʕāmlu mʕa baʕd-hum baʕdbṛūḥ əl-xawā.

Translation

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)

Sample video in Morocan Arabic

Information about Moroccan Arabic | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel | Arabic learning materials | Books about the Arabic script | Arabic electronic dictionaries and translators

Links

Information about Moroccan Arabic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moroccan_Arabic

Online Moroccan Arabic lessons and other learning resources
http://www.speakmoroccan.com
http://www.moroccanlanguage.com
https://www.loecsen.com/en/learn-arabic-moroccan
https://talkingtagine.com/
https://morabica.com
http://www.friendsofmorocco.org/learnarabic.htm
https://mydarijajourney.com/learning-moroccan-arabic-the-definitive-guide/
http://www.31best-riad-marrakesh.com/learn-moroccan-arabic/
Start speaking Moroccan Arabic today (affiliate link)

Phrases in Moroccan Arabic
http://www.morocco-guide.com/language/useful-moroccan-phrases/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Moroccan_Arabic_phrasebook
https://www.speakmoroccan.com/50-basic-words-and-phrases-in-moroccan-arabic/

Moroccan Arabic numbers
http://www.morocco-guide.com/language/moroccan-numbers/

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Varieties of Arabic

Algerian, Chadian, Cypriot, Egyptian, Hassaniya, Lebanese, Libyan, Modern Standard, Moroccan, Syrian, Tunisian

Semitic languages

Akkadian, Amharic, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Chadian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Hassaniya), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Aramaic, Argobba, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Canaanite, Chaha, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Ge'ez, Hadhramautic, Harari, Hebrew, Himyaritic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Maltese, Mandaic, Nabataean, Neo-Mandaic, Phoenician, Punic, Qatabanic, Sabaean, Sabaic, Silt'e, Syriac, Tigre, Tigrinya, Turoyo, Ugaritic, Western Neo-Aramaic

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