Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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There are a number of languages in Morocco, but the two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Tamazight (Berber). (National). Statutory national language (2011, Constitution, Article 5). In 2011, the king Mohammed VI initiated a constitution which for the first time
recognised the Berber language as an official language beside Arabic. (,130411)

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.

English 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.

"As British influence in Mogador became particularly dominant from the 18th century, English schools flourished there, including those of the London-based Anglo-Jewish Association and the Board of Deputies for British Jewry. The schools helped spread the English language and culture among the Jews."

"As British influence declined in the town after 1912, the Alliance schools and those of the Protectorate, which propagated French influences, emerged supreme and oriented local Jews toward new cultural currents. "

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Literacy Rate: 43% (2013 World Bank)

There are three berber linguistic groups in Morocco. In the North the Rif (tarifit), in the High and Middle Atlas Tamazigh (tamazight) and also in the Anti Atlas and the Souss the Chleuh (tachelhit). See the Amazigh alphabet here

The number of individual languages listed for Morocco is 14. All are living languages. Of these, 9 are indigenous and 5 are non-indigenous. Furthermore, 4 are institutional, 4 are developing, 2 are vigorous, and 4 are in trouble. Source: Languages of Morocco Ethnologue: Languages of the World

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