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Language & communications in Morrocco

Old Oct 28th 2002, 9:22 am
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Hi,

I will be travelling to Tangier and Marrakech next month. Unfortunately, I don't speak any of their official languages. Will I be able to get by using English?

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Old Oct 28th 2002, 11:04 am
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    > I will be travelling to Tangier and Marrakech next month.
    > Unfortunately, I don't speak any of their official languages. Will I be
    > able to get by using English?
Probably, but even with a month you could make a start on learning some
basics of one or other language. It really can make a *huge* difference if
you make the effort.
If the "Get By In..." (BBC) cassettes and booklets are still available, they would
be a good place to start. I'm pretty sure Arabic was available, and no doubt French.
Or try online - again try the BBC website, which have some languages
available for basics.

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Old Oct 28th 2002, 9:00 pm
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    > Hi,
    > I will be travelling to Tangier and Marrakech next month.
    > Unfortunately, I don't speak any of their official languages. Will I be
    > able to get by using English?
Largely, yes, especially Tangiers (Spanish otherwise useful).
Marrakesh should also be OK (otherwise French). In the sticks, French (or
Arabic, of course, assuming you don't know Berber dialiects!) almost
obligatory for spoken communication.
But let's face it, anywhere in the world gets by with English + sign
language, in whichever proportions!
Lucky you - 10 years since I was in either city! I love the country.

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Old Oct 29th 2002, 12:19 am
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JoeK wrote:
    > I will be travelling to Tangier and Marrakech next month.
    > Unfortunately, I don't speak any of their official languages. Will I be
    > able to get by using English?

Sure. Any French you can pick up, though, will make your life easier.

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Old Oct 29th 2002, 3:19 pm
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Liz wrote:
    > Probably, but even with a month you could make a start on learning some
    > basics of one or other language. It really can make a *huge* difference if
    > you make the effort. If the "Get By In..." (BBC) cassettes and booklets
    > are still available, they would be a good place to start. I'm pretty sure
    > Arabic was available, and no doubt French.

Standard Arabic isn't that helpful in Morocco. I have three years of Arabic
classes under my belt, and the only use I get out of it in Morocco - beyond
numbers, reading signs, and basic formalities - is making people laugh
(granted, that's not the worst thing, but in my case French works far better
for straightforward communication).

If you actually have the opportunity to learn Moroccan Arabic (which is to
"standard" Arabic as Jamaican Patois is to British English), then it would
of course be even better than French. But if you just have a few weeks to
spend, don't waste too much of it on generic Arabic.

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