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Learning Arabic in Morocco

December 13, 2012

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You’ll encounter many languages in Morocco.  Strolling down the streets of Tangier, you will surely hear French, Arabic (the Moroccan dialect of course), Spanish, some English, and if you have the ear for it, one of the three Berber languages.  But the heart language of Morocco is Arabic.  It’s the language of the Mosque and the coffee shop.  This semitic language is also a gateway into a world of art and design.  Arabic calligraphy is one of the trademark crafts of Arab and Islamic culture.  Originating from a desire not to recreate images of the divine in human form, Arabic script was used to preserve the writing of the Quran.  Today, it continues to be a way to artistic expression.

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  1. December 13, 2012 4:03 pm

    I love seeing Arabic writing — it’s so graceful looking! Steph

    • December 13, 2012 4:05 pm

      At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between Arabic and if someone was just making squiggles, but I’m starting to learn the language and all of those squiggles are actually letters. Crazy :)

  2. December 13, 2012 4:06 pm

    I got as far as learning ‘mojahdan’ or similar one line. Need to brush up I think.

  3. December 13, 2012 4:16 pm

    It’s amazing how beautiful you have made this post with minimal writing and beautiful pictures to capture Arabic. As someone who’s been around Arabic my entire life, Ioved this post – especially the line “It’s the language of the mosque and the coffee shop”

  4. December 13, 2012 5:02 pm

    Certainly is nice looking.

  5. December 14, 2012 12:53 am

    Much better than my handwriting, more elegant..

  6. December 14, 2012 2:33 am

    I spent a week in UAE a little over a year ago. The best I got was the ability to recognize some numbers. Other than that, I could say “thank you” (shukran) and “goodbye” (ma’a salama) all day long. Definitely more beautiful written in Arabic.

    • December 17, 2012 9:18 am

      They actually use the same numbers here as in America. Perhaps its the French influence. So I haven’t had to learn the Arabic numbering system.

  7. katrinamillen permalink
    December 18, 2012 4:11 pm

    I love arabic writing, it’s so beautiful

  8. December 18, 2012 4:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Danaé Espinoza.

  9. Anna Failla permalink
    December 24, 2012 4:35 pm

    You take amazing pictures -I love this so much! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m definitely following yours now :)
    Love, Anna

  10. biochick permalink
    January 17, 2013 11:59 pm

    Learning Arabic and visiting Morocco are definitley on my to-do list for the next five years

  11. January 31, 2013 8:32 pm

    Love the photographs!

  12. February 4, 2013 8:20 am

    Congratulations, mrbradjones!

    I have nominated you for the Reality Blog Award.

    The rules of that award are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/reality-blog-award-thanks-supernova/

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