What Language Do They Speak In Morocco | Do They Speak English In Morocco
According to Wikipedia,
There are a number of languages in Morocco, but the two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber). Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. The languages of prestige in Morocco are Arabic in its Classical and Modern Standard Forms and French, the latter of which serves as a second language for many Moroccans.
Arabic, along with Berber, is one of Morocco’s two official languages, although it is the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, namely Darija, meaning “everyday/colloquial language”; that is spoken or understood, frequently as a second language, by the majority of the population (about 85% of the total population). Many native Berber speakers also speak the local Arabic variant as a second language.
The exact population of speakers of Berber languages is hard to ascertain, since most North African countries do not – traditionally – record language data in their censuses (An exception to this was the 2004 Morocco population census). The Ethnologue provides a useful academic starting point; however, its bibliographic references are inadequate, and it rates its own accuracy at only B-C for the area. Early colonial censuses may provide better documented figures for some countries; however, these are also very much out of date
Within Morocco, French, one of the country’s two prestige languages, is often used for business, diplomacy, and government; and serves as a lingua franca. Aleya Rouchdy, author of Language Contact and Language Conflict in Arabic, said that “For all practical purposes, French is used as a second language.”
Different figures of French speakers in Morocco are given. According to the OIF, 33% of Moroccans speak French, among them 13.5% fully francophone and thus bilingual with one of the other Moroccan languages, and 19.5% partially francophone. According to the 2004 census, nearly 69% of literate people can read and write French
About 5 million Moroccans speak Spanish, especially in the northern regions. The use of Spanish in northern Morocco and Western Sahara derives largely from the fact that Spain had previously occupied those areas and incorporated Spanish Sahara as a province. In these regions Spanish is commonly used in public discourse and Spanish-language television is a common medium.
After Morocco declared independence in 1956, French and Arabic became the main languages of administration and education, causing the role of Spanish to decline
English, while still far behind French and Spanish in terms of the number of speakers, is rapidly becoming the second foreign language of choice among educated youth, after French. As a result of national education reforms entering into force in late 2002, English will be taught in all public schools from the fourth year on. English is spoken sporadically in the business, science and education sectors but its usage and learning have grown over the last decade, especially since 2002, when English instruction was introduced from the 7th grade in public schools.
Short answer : Yes.
Long answer : Yes but not so much.
Although English is being taught everywhere from high schools to universities, not many are those that truly master English on a conversational level.
It has, however, high demand when it comes to jobs, with Morocco welcoming foreign investors from all over the globe, English has become an important skill to have.
But worry not mate. Most people (educated people) know some English and they’ll be able to sort of hack a conversation with you.