Tachalhit: The Berber tongue

Berber language

Multilingualism has evolved in Morocco over the centuries to a point where many Moroccan’s speak French, Spanish or English as additional languages. Darija Arabic and Berber are widely acknowledged as the countries two official languages however. In the Marrakech region of Morocco the ‘Tachalhit’ form of Berber often be heard being called through the streets. Though it is primarily used through speech and not through writing, many signposts around the red city are multilingual and are inscribed with both translations. As you wander through Marrakech spare a thought for how remarkable it is that Arabic (which is read from right to left) and Tachalhit (from left to right) sit in complete unison with another, despite their vast differences!

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