|Arabic is the primary spoken and written language
in Morocco. Formal written Arabic is common to all Arabic-speaking countries,
because of the influence of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.
However, spoken Arabic has many dialects. Maghrebi Arabic is the dialect
spoken in Morocco.
Depending on the distance between Arabic countries,
people who speak one dialect may not be able to understand someone who
speaks a different dialect. For example, it might be difficult for a Moroccan
and an Iraqi to talk to each other, but Algerians or Tunisians can generally
The indigenous people in Morocco are known
as the Amazigh. There are many tribes, each with its own unique dialect.
Each tribe has kept its own language through the centuries, including the
Riffians in the north and the Chelhas in the Middle and High Atlas regions.
Did you know?
word "Berber" is thought to have come from the Greek word barbaros,
meaning "those who are foreign."