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Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA)

Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA), also known as "darija," is the spoken dialect of Morocco.  CMA is grammatically simpler and has a less voluminous vocabulary than Modern Standard Arabic.  While most CMA words find their root in MSA, many CMA words are borrowed from Spanish, French, and Berber.   

CMA courses at Qalam wa Lawh Center are taught according to an immersive methodology.  CMA courses can be taken in conjunction with MSA courses at Qalam wa Lawh, but it is important for students to approach the two courses as two separate languages, so as not to interfere with the correct understanding of either language.  Each CMA Level can be completed in 4 weeks, and has a minimum of 80 contact hours.

As with MSA courses, students may choose to study CMA for any length of time (minimum two weeks), beginning a course at their level and then continuing as long as they wish.

Program Outline

The Colloquial Moroccan Arabic program consists of three levels which are each divided into two courses.


Beginning Level - (160 hours) 

  • Course CMA B-I   (80 hours, 2 credits)
  • Course CMA B-II  (80 hours, 2 credits)

Intermediate Level - (160 hours) 

  • Course CMA N-I   (80 hours, 2 credits)
  • Course CMA N-II  (80 hours, 2 credits)

Advanced Level - (160 hours) 

  • Course CMA A-I   (80 hours, 2 credits)
  • Course CMA A-II  (80 hours, 2 credits)

All textbooks and study materials are available for purchase or are provided on loan (with deposit).

Students must prove eligibility for their requested course by successfully passing the course’s placement test.

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