Morocco is a fascinating country full of many different cultures as well as languages. The linguistic variety of Morocco runs parallel with a rich history of different cultural influences. To help me further understand language in Morocco, I read a fascinating article titled The Linguistic Landscape of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The official written language of Morocco is standard Arabic, although according to writer Crystal Bae, you are more likely to hear Darija as the typical spoken language. She also says that it is also not uncommon for most Moroccans to speak more than one language that may include French, English, Spanish, and Berber. Something that I found especially interesting about this article is that Bae says that based on what you do; you are more likely to speak a certain language. For example, if you are a government official or apart of the business world, you more than likely speak French. Although, if you were to be in a more casual everyday type situation, you would more than likely hear Darija being spoken.
The indigenous language of Morocco is the Beber language, although there are several branches off of Beber. These include Central Morocco Tamazight, Tachelhit, and Tarifit. Arabic did not become prevalent in Morocco until about 681 AD. And although many were converted to Islam when the Arabic people arrived, most stuck with their native indigenous language at the time. Today it is estimated that about 4.5 million still speak some form of the indigenous Beber language.
After a little research, I found that Morocco was apart of the United Nations (since 1956), the International Monetary Fund (since 1958), and the World Trade Organization (since 1995). To better understand what all of this means, I wanted to give a brief summarization of what each organization does. The United Nations monitors a variety of world concerns such as: “peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and international law”. The International Monetary Fund focuses more on things related to “financial stability” and “economic growth”. The World Trade Organization covers: “trade negotiations, implementation and monitor, dispute settlement, building trade capacity, and outreach”.
The more I researched about Morocco’s activity with the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization the less I could find. I was shocked how little news there was about a peaceful country located in the Middle East doing so little. You would think as a member of the United Nations and World Trade Organization with the unrest in Syria, Egypt, etc. they would be more active. Although overall, I was really shocked and underwhelmed over how little they participate. It seems like they are more apart of these organizations as a political play at goodwill rather than trying to be active participants.
Bae, Crystal. “The Linguistic Landscape of the Kingdom of Morocco – Path Mapping.” The Linguistic Landscape of the Kingdom of Morocco – Path Mapping. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.
“Member States of the United Nations.” UN News Center. UN, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.
“List of Members’ Date of Entry.” List of Members’ Date of Entry. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.
“Morocco and the WTO.” World Trade Organization. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2016.