Book of the week; week 13, 2005
Moroccan / Arabic Phrasenbook (Lonely Planet ISBN 0-86442-586-4)
Salamu’lekum is a greeting you’ll hear from dawn to dusk and on into the night. ‘Peace be upon you’ – if only you could return the wish! And how about the farewell: lla yhennik – ‘May God give you tranquility’. Must be one of the best ways to bid goodbye to someone about to travel further into the magic lands of Morocco.
When one speeks of Arabic on Morocco, there are two languages to be considered. On the one hand there is the modern standard Arabic. This is the direct descendant of the language of the Koran and is understood throughout the contemporary Arab world. In Morocco it is used in newepapers, correspondence, newsbroadcast and speeches but rarely in conversations.
Moroccan Arabic on the other hand, is the first language of the majority of Moroccans and the most usefull language to know when travelling in the country. It differs from the modern standard Arabic to the extent that non-Morrocan speakers of Arabic, find it difficult to understand. Moroccan Arabic is stricly a spoken language and not written down.
This Phrasebook has been written to provide you the language you’ll need to survive as an independant traveller in Morocco. It icludes also a basic introduction to French, another lanuage spoen in Morocco, and also Berber.