hi everyone, salaam.
today is my first day on this website and i LOVE it!
the very first time i heard of darija was a couple years ago in the middle of college when i made friends with a few moroccans living in my city. they were great fun and my friendships with them really opened my eyes to the rest of the world!
i recently finished college, and moved back closer to my hometown for a job. this area is very small and there are very few arabic people living here. But i met two of them right away after i moved back–because i work with them! they are siblings (brother and sister) from morocco. i was sad to leave my moroccan friends in the city, so i was really excited to meet others here at work. since starting work, i’ve become quite close with them both, and i’m actually now dating the guy.
i hear them talking together alot and i’ve asked them to help teach me some arabic. they started out trying to teach me MSA (just so i could understand/be understood universally), but really i’ve picked up more darija just from everyday conversations with them and from my friends back in college.
i’m more interested in darija, anyway, because i would love to live and work in morocco. i hope to go to medical school in the near future (i am now making applications to start in August 2009). i want to learn enough darija (and MSA) so i can eventually do some work in morocco for women’s healthcare.
anyway, because i’m in a small town, i don’t have many resources except the internet (our town library is really limited and has NO arabic stuff, and there are no local universities that teach arabic.). if any of you have any suggestions to help me learn, i’d appreciate all the help i can get!
thank you to simply moroccan because this site is such a great idea and great resource for people like me!