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Old 01-06-2016, 10:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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What language would work best for Moroccan travel? I'm a native English speaker - fluent in Spanish, and advanced beginning French with no knowledge of Arabic. Will be in Tangier and Marrakesh next month.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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In tourist areas, English is widely spoken among most people you are likely to encounter. (Marrakech, especially.). Officially, Arabic is the ideal, dealing with government. French - even basic French - is really useful; it's widely spoken second language.

In Marrakech, expect that the touts (people selling stuff) will transition fluidly between English, French, Spanish, German, Urdu, Swahili, Estonian, Japanese, Sanskrit and Esperanto.
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Old 01-08-2016, 06:20 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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French is most wide-spread, but in cities you will definitely find many men who speak Spanish or English (more likely Spanish), especially if they deal often with foreigners.
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Old 01-08-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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In any case , we are looking forward to easy travel in Morocco - no need to translate directions into Chinese characters and mangled tones for taxi drivers!-) as we do here on a daily basis.
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:58 PM
 
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It should be easy and enjoyable. I have every reason to believe you won't be taken in by the many unsophisticated, relatively benign scams. (e.g, "A tour of the Medina.")
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:08 AM
 
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Mostly French and Spanish.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:12 AM
 
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Agree with the others, French or Spanish would be your best bet.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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And now we're here and yes - it's easy Spanish, French, or English. Morocco (particularly Tangier) is a great place to travel to.
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:35 PM
 
Location: London U.K.
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I was on a Royal Air Maroc internal flight from Agadir to Casablanca in the mid eighties when a Moroccan flight attendant asked me, (in French), if I'd like a drink.
"Oui", I replied, "vodka Schweppes, s'il vous plaît", vodka Schweppes being the colloquial term for vodka and tonic in Toulouse, where I'd been spending a lot of time.
She looked at me aghast, internal flights were 'dry.'
I swiftly changed my order to jus de pamplemousse, (grapefruit juice.)
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Most Moroccans learn French is school and they speak Arabic with some French words mixed in which can make it confusing for other Arabs to understand them at times. French is by far the 2nd most commonly understood language, then Spanish, but in any tourist areas as all these places are you will be fine especially in these cities. I love crazy Marrakesh. The street performers are really out there. I met the most comical fortune teller. Quite the drama king lol.
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