I am from London England. However, my parents were originally from bangladesh (far east). I absolutely love Moroccans and their culture and I’ve already been to Morocco 4 times now! Believe it or not, my favourite city is Casablanca also known as ’ d-dar el-beida’. My ‘kunya’ - boo Rayyan means “Father of Rayyan”.
I am new a member but I am not new to the forum. I have been visiting it on and off, for quite a while now. I have found this forum to be the best forum out there (in English for learning the moroccan darija). Like many of the people here, my goal is to learn and master the dialect as much as I can. I am currently studying ‘A Basic course in Moroccan Arabic’ by Richard S. Harrel. I am in Chapter 76 now (finally!) and I am trying to figure out some of the grammer from ‘a short reference grammar of Moroccan Arabic’ - by the same author.
But despite all the learning, I still find it difficult to follow normal Moroccan conversations or what’s being said in moroccan TV shows - they just speak too darn FAST!!! I can’t find any good audio resources in English out there for helping to develop listening and comprehension. So far, the only book that I’ve found, on this forum - in Dutch(!), is ‘Marokkaans Arabisch - een cursus voor zelfstudie en klassikaal gebruik’ by Jan Hoogland. I’ve ordered a copy from a European bookstore and I’ve been told I should get it in a months time. Oh by the way, I don’t speak any Dutch but hopefully I’ll figure out how to translate it on the web somewhere.
So, that’s basically pretty much everything about me (sorry about the long intro lol). I am here to learn and learn… and learn some more!