[quote=SimplyMoroccan]Wa 3alaykom ssalam, Zeyenlabidin. Merhaba ;).
You know what your nickname reminds me of? The Tunisian president :D.
So basically you speak: Turkish, Dutch, English, and MSA? It’s interesting to hear how learning MSA makes it a little bit easier for people to learn dialects. Most people worry about getting confused because of moving from an official language to dialects. At worst, you’ll sound very classy if you use an MSA word, that’s no harm!
Do not hesitate to ask even about Egyptian, I assume I can help with that too :hap:.
As for Darija, get on practicing, and see you in the exercises forum :).[/quote]
Ah didn’t know Tunisia had a president with that name. I got my nick from a book on Islamic History, I guess it was the name of a Shiite imam. So it’s not my real name.
Well I am not that good at speaking MSA, but I can converse in it and also read simple texts.
It is a much debated issue, from what I have seen. What to learn first? A dialect or the formal language? The university I will study at teaches MSA in the first year and Egyptian dialect in the second, while another university teaches only Egyptian dialect in the first year and MSA in the second. There are different opinions on what to learn first. But I am not in the position to make that choice, since I have already learnt a good deal of MSA.
But I have to admit that I find the pronunciation of the Moroccan dialect very difficult! Seems so hard to learn.
I am not learning Egyptian at this moment, but if I ever need help in the future I will ask. For now I want to concentrate on the Moroccan dialect, since I will already learn Egyptian at university next year and also spend a semester in Caïro.