Moroccan Darija

For Teachers

Labass, a textbook of Moroccan Arabic colloquial (darija) edited by the CCCL in 2005. Designed for beginning learners, it includes 5 units and 19 courses teaching reading and writing Arabic script, dialogues, exercises related to grammar, vocabulary and useful situations. It also contains also a bilingual lexical (English/French) annex and verbs in tenses.  CCCL uses the the approach and method of teaching through Arabic script only in teaching Darija.  The textbook does include English writing/phonetics in the section for  letter naming (Pg. 7-9) and word-to-word translation of vocabulary in English and French (Pg. 188-200) .  The textbook can speakers of any other language, as it does not rely on Roman alphabet transcription. 


Moroccan Arabic (Darija) Textbook by Peace Corps/Morocco, led by Training Manager Abderrahmane Boujenab, substantially revised in 2004 lessons from the Peace Corps’ 1994 Moroccan Arabic book by Abdelghani Lamnanouar, rewrote some lessons completely and added new material to arrive at the 2004 edition. Language instructors Aicha Ait Cherif, Malika Boukbout, Mohamed Mahmoudi and Abdellah Ouhmouch contributed. Layout and design was by Morocco RPCV Stephen Menicucci. It uses phonetic roman alphabet script and is specifically designed for American-English speakers.  It offers word-to-word, phrase and sentence level Darija  written in Arabic script and English phonetics generally with an English definition.  It describes in depth variations from English to Darija grammar and explains the social/cultural norms in Morocco.  

A Basic Course in Moroccan Arabic is a textbook in spoken Moroccan Arabic that is written for beginners who are unfamiliar with the Arabic language, alphabet, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. Written in Latinate transcription it is carefully designed to present these elements in a progressive, user-friendly, step-by-step manner.  Following the initial pronunciation introductions and practice, there are 130 lessons consisting of a text where a small number of phrases and sentences illustrate grammatical points. These sections also contain exercises in new grammar and vocabulary. Each lesson is structured in a way that guides the learner naturally and comfortably into an understanding of the structure of Moroccan Arabic.