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 Qu’ran, 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 understand Moroccans.

 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.

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The word "Berber" is thought to have come from the Greek word barbaros, meaning "those who are foreign."
Many Moroccans speak Spanish or French as well as Arabic. Both Arabic and French are used for official and administrative documents, such as identification cards. It is also common practice to conduct business in French. Although at one time it was common to hear Spanish spoken in Morocco, it is used less and less frequently. Today, English is used more often and is taught in schools and universities.
  English Moroccan Arabic
  Yes    Eeyeh/na’am/wakha
  No   La
  Please (when offering something)   ’Afak/’afakum (singular/plural)
  Thank you (very much)   Shukran (jazilan)
  Hello   As-salaam ’alaykum
  Goodbye    Ma’as-salaama
  You’re welcome    La shukran ’ala wajib
  How are you?   La bas?
  Fine, thank you.   Barak Allah feek
  My name is...   Smeetee...