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The landscapes in Morocco are as varied as the country itself: between deserts, mountains, and the sea, Morocco offers something for everyone. The openness and tolerance of the locals will immediately make you feel at home. The cities are full of colorful streets, markets and oriental delights, with cities such as Marrakech, Fez, Meknés and Rabat enchanting their visitors with magnificent mosques, beautiful old towns, and exciting history.
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Morocco is a bilingual paradise: you can decide between Arabic, French, or study both!
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Since Morocco was once a French colony, French is nowadays spoken in many parts of the country. The official languages are Arabic and one of the Berber languages, Tamazight. With a language study trip to Morocco you will experience the oriental culture with European influences, the many traditions of the locals, colorful markets and festivals, as well as a unique landscape.
In our language school in Rabat we offer you language courses in two different languages: Arabic and French. As the locals speak both languages, you can also internalize what you have learned outside of the course. You can choose between a standard or intensive course, where you will learn the language of your choice in small groups using a variety of teaching methods.
Even though the course primarily teaches you a language, it also has a positive side effect: you meet people from all over the world. You will not only get to know the culture of Morocco, but also the culture of your new friends!
If there is one thing in Morocco, it is a lot of culture, customs and traditions! The cosmopolitan country nevertheless attaches great importance to traditions. Cultural and religious festivals are part of every city. The Islamic religion is very widespread here, as about 99% of the people in Morocco belong to it. The main languages of the country are Arabic and Tamazight, one of the Berber languages. In addition, there are other languages of the Berber ethnic group. However, all Berber languages are not as widespread as Arabic - it is spoken by about 90% of the locals. But French is also mastered by everyone, because it is the language of trade, education and work. In the past, a large part of Morocco belonged to France, which has left its mark today. When the country became independent, the Kingdom of Morocco was formed, which still exists today.
Morocco is mostly known for its great landscape. You can take a trip to the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean or make a tour through the Sahara desert. The Ouzoud waterfalls or the Todra Gorge are definitely worth a visit! But also the cities like Marrakech, Rabat or Fes will inspire you! You can definitely spend a few days strolling through the small streets, visiting markets and bazaars and tasting Moroccan delicacies. But also a day trip is worthwhile to get a great impression!
Moroccans are very friendly to guests, especially when it comes to food. Feasting on a normal day is not unusual in Morocco. Chicken, lamb or fish are often served, along with couscous and vegetables. Couscous is traditionally eaten with the right hand, the left is considered unclean - perhaps a bit strange for us! Tajine, a stew of meat and vegetables, is a national dish in Morocco. In general, the food is refined with many spices. Before the meal, it is common to drink a mint tea. Many delicious desserts are also part of Moroccan cuisine! For example, kaab el ghazal - small pastries filled with an almond paste - are especially delicious.
To show your respect, you should not dress too revealingly. Pants should not be too short for men and for women they should cover the legs. You should also make sure that your shoulders are covered, as this is very important in the Muslim faith. Because Moroccans are very private and do not show their affection in public, it is appropriate to refrain from holding hands or kissing on the streets. Mosques are considered very religious, so you are often not allowed to enter them outside of tourist areas if you are not a Muslim. Taking pictures of the mosques is also not appreciated.
Ramadan is a month of fasting that falls at a different time each year. It is considered by Muslims as a holy time, during which one can intensively deal with one' s faith. In doing so, the believer is guided by the 5 pillars:
- Public profession of faith
- The compulsory social offering
- The pilgrimage to Mecca
Fasting involves abstaining from a number of things from sunrise to sunset: One must not eat, drink or smoke anything. The purpose of fasting is to concentrate on the essentials. In addition, an understanding for poor people is to be developed by the lack and an awareness for the helpfulness is to develop. At the end of the fasting period is Ramadan, the most important holiday for Muslims.
If your trip to Morocco falls during Ramadan, you should be prepared that you will not be able to eat in many restaurants during the day. This is not so much the case in the tourist areas, but in small towns it can be difficult. We do not recommend eating or drinking in public during the day, as it would be impolite to Muslims. So find a quiet place for that! Many businesses close just before sunset in order for people to go to their friends or family's houses, because there is usually a big celebration going on there.
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