Moroccan Arabic (الدارجة المغربية) Bible - New Testament

Moroccan Arabic (الدارجة المغربية) Bible - New Testament

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Moroccan Arabic (الدارجة المغربية) Bible - New Testament

Moroccan Arabic (الدارجة المغربية, Arabic: اللهجة المغربية‎) is a member of the Maghrebi Arabic dialect continuum spoken in Morocco. It is mutually intelligible to some extent with Algerian Arabic and to a lesser extent with Tunisian Arabic. It has been heavily influenced mainly by the Berber languages and to a lesser extent by Latin (African Romance), Punic, Persian, French, and Spanish. While Modern Standard Arabic is rarely spoken in daily life and is used to varying degrees in formal situations such as religious sermons, books, newspapers, government communications, news broadcasts or political talkshows, Darija is the spoken common language of Morocco, and has a strong presence in Moroccan television entertainment, cinema and commercial advertising. Sahrawi Hassaniya Arabic spoken in the disputed Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara is usually considered as a separate spoken Arabic variety. Moroccan Arabic has many regional dialects and accents as well. Its mainstream dialect is the one used in Casablanca, Rabat and Fez and therefore it dominates the media eclipsing the other regional dialects like the ones spoken in Tangiers and Oujda. It is spoken as a first language by about 50% to 75% of Morocco's population. The other half speaks one of the Tamazight languages. Educated Moroccan Tamazight-speakers can communicate in mainstream Moroccan Arabic.