Whether you’re visiting a Moroccan restaurant or heading to Marrakech, Morocco for the summer, becoming familiar with the customs, traditions and everything special about the culture can give you a more meaningful experience. Something that helps you connect with other cultures is the language. In Morocco, at least half of the country's population is able to speak French, and those involved in the tourism industry are able to speak some English and a few other foreign languages. If you really want to get by in Morocco, you should try speaking some Arabic or French. Below is a list of languages that are currently or were spoken in Morocco:
Moroccan Arabic: This is the official language in Morocco. It is somewhat different from different types of Arabic, but most Moroccans can understand conventional Arabic.
Hassaniya Arabic: Over 40,000 people in southern Morocco speak this form of Arabic.
Judeo-Moroccan Arabic: A little over 8,000 people in Morocco speak this form of Abrabic. You can find it in certain small areas of Morocco.
Standard Arabic: Most Moroccans understand this form of Arabic, as it is written and spoken throughout the Middle East and North Africa. You can even find most Arabic TV shows in this form of Arabic.
Moroccan Sign Language: Many deaf men in Morocco are able to speak sign language, however, it’s hard to tell if deaf women can because they do not speak in the streets. Most people who speak Moroccan sign language cannot read or write in Arabic. If you were wondering, Moroccan sign language is very different from American sign language.
Spanish: Over 20,000 people in Morocco can speak Spanish. Morocco is in short distance of Spain, which gives Spanish influences in culture and language.
Tachelhit: This is a form of Berber that 3 to 4 million people in Morocco can speak.
Central Atlas Tamazight: This is a dialect of Berber that roughly 3 million people in Morocco can speak.
Tarifit: This is a lesser used dialect of Berber that about 1.5 million people in Morocco can speak.
French: This is not an indigenous language of Morocco, but at least half of the population is capable of speaking it. This is due to the strong French influence during the period of 1912 to 1956.
Ghomara: This is a dialect of Berber that is no longer in use.
Senhaja de Srair: This was the fifth dialect of Berber that is no longer in use.