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How and why we created the “Tajine qui parle” site

When we arrived in Morocco, we studied Moroccan Arabic (Darija) in a language school. Every day we collected new vocabulary in our notebooks and at the end of a year we had several notebooks filled with useful words and expressions. However, whenever we tried to find a word, we didn’t know where to look – in which notebook and on what page? We looked for dictionaries to help us but very few exist and many are out of date and contain words that aren’t used today.

So, we decided to make a list of vocabulary in alphabetical order to help us locate all the useful vocabulary hidden away in our notebooks. Little by little the list continued to grow and became like a mini dictionary and we thought it would be useful for many other people if we put this dictionary on the internet.

We have now been learning the language for 4 years. As we continue to improve our knowledge of the language, this website will continue to grow and develop.

Work planned on the “Tagjine qui parle” site

– New words and expressions in Moroccan Arabic

– Additional Grammar Pages

– Arabic writing for each word (a big help for those that know the Arabic Scipt) – 70% complete.

– Audio files to help you develop good pronunciation – we are currently recording a native Moroccan speaker so this will be added little by little over the coming months.

– Vocabulary pages grouped by subjet (with audio) to help beginners get started.

– A forum where you can ask questions about the language or suggest improvements to the site.

– A list of books and useful links to help with learning Moroccan Arabic.