The official language is Classical Arabic but Morocco has a distinctive Arabic dialect called Derija that is widely spoken throughout the country, while most of the words find their root in Standard Arabic, some words are borrowed from Spanish, French and Berber.

French, Spanish and English are spoken in many cities and popular towns with tourists. You can usually find someone who understands enough of your own language to get the information you need. Moroccans are very friendly and hospitable, so try saying “salamu ‘aleykum” (peace be upon you) and “insh’allah” (God willing).

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