I have family in Casablanca and visit Morocco regularly but get very frustrated because my knowledge of Darija is bitty, I get by using French, but create a lot of confusion because other Moroccans assume that because I look Moroccan, I must speak Arabic and when I speak English (my native language), I sometimes get a look from people as if Im pretending not to be Moroccan. Its so annoying and because I plan to visit Morocco a lot more often in the next few years, I really think that there’s no time like the present to start learning properly. I love visiting Morocco and always feel such a buzz of happiness when Im there, it sounds crazy but I do love it, I think its the way that they care about each other etc. Here in England, in the area I live in, there is only one other Moroccan (no work of a lie), so I go to Morocco, or even France to keep sane lol . Anyway, I would love to be able to speak to people in Darija not French, for a change.
I have seen SimplyMoroccans blog many times and have searched for ages for a forum like this. I get sick of saying ‘chwiya’ when people ask me whether I speak arabic…so hope that, if I put my mind to it, by using this forum, I will be able to hold a conversation, inchallah.
Im very excited about learning new words and phrases here. :^^: