The Berber language is basically oral. Berbers have had their own writing system , called Tifinagh. Among the Berber languages : Tarifit (northern Morocco) , Tamazight (central Morocco) and Tashlhit (southern Morocco).
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Moroccan Arabic is considered by native speakers a dialect (Darija) , because it is not a literary language.Its vocabulary and pronunciation is different from Standard Arabic as it has been very influenced by Berbers. Moroccan Arabic continues to evolve by integrating new French , Spanish or English words , notably in technical fields.
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Couscous is a food from Berber origin. It consists of spherical granules, made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat, and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour and is usually steamed.
Couscous is traditionally served under a meat or vegetable stew.
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Tagine is a Moroccan dish as well as the special pot to cook them in.
Tagine dishes are slow cooked at low temperatures.
Famous tagine dishes are Mqualli (chicken and citron). Kefta (meat balls and tomato) and Mrouzia (lamb, raisins and almonds).
Tagine dishes are traditionally flavoured with cinnamon, saffron, ginger, garlic, Ras el Hanout (a popular blend of herbs and spices), cumin and peppers.
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Moroccan food is one of the most sensual in the world. It appeals directly to the senses of smell, sight and taste.
The Moroccan-born writer Edmond Amran el Maleh described Moroccan cuisine as “the perfumed soul of our culture”.
A unique blend of African, Arabian and European influences.
The famous plates are Tagine and Couscous
Hot sweet mint tea is served in all the restaurants and cafes, and it’s a sign of welcome in Moroccan culture. Street vendors in Jam el Fna Square offer fresh orange juice (jus d’orange) by the glass for 3dh.
All the stalls at the square display the price on a sign ,making it less likely you will be overcharged. However , pay attention when you buy as they offer 2 types of oranges…the blood orange juice costs 10dh per glass. Wine and beer will rarely be found outside restaurants catering to tourists.
However , some hotels / riads in Medina do have a public bar , serving beer and wine.
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The Ministry of National Education was established in 1959 to begin the task of training a native training corps to replace foreign teachers and build new schools.
Schooling is compulsory and free (at state schools).The basic education cycle last nine years , followed by three years of secondary education. Classical Arabic is the main language of instruction. French is introduced from the third year of primary school. Berber is recently in education system, but not yet all over Morocco. Spanish is spoken by many Moroccans in the north, while English is increasingly the foreign language of choice for youth attending private school. English language is introduced into the state curriculum in grade ten (first year of secondary school).
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