Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (CMA) Course


Program Description

CMA or “darija” is the most widely spoken dialect in Morocco.

While most CMA words find their root in MSA, a part of the lexical is borrowed from Spanish, French, and Berber.

Depending on students interest, CMA may be taught utilizing either Arabic or Latin script, though the former is highly recommended to make life easier for daily tasks such as reading signs and getting around.

Like the MSA program, this program consists of three levels of studies.

***We have tailored our materials to serve the functional aspects of the dialect in day-to-day interactions with Moroccans rather than the structural aspects of it.

Dates & Course Options

All classes start every Monday, year round

Group Classes

Our group classes are designed to provide instruction for any duration from one week to a complete academic year. Students can choose to start their classes any Monday throughout the year. Classes are held in small size groups five days a week, from Monday to Friday. Both our MSA and CMA courses consist of three levels of studies; each level is divided into three successive and progressive sublevels. Each sublevel is generally covered in three weeks. Students with prior knowledge of Arabic are expected to take an evaluation test in order to receive proper placement in the program.

Private Classes

Our private classes provide one-on-one language instruction to students at all levels of Arabic language proficiency. Students benefit from flexible course length and structure. They can choose their desired starting date, their preferred timetable and the number of hours they wish to study.

Students may choose to combine group classes with additional private lessons to increase the intensity of the course, to work on a particular language skill, or simply to overcome any learning difficulties encountered in class.

All Dar Loughat students benefit from the following advantages:

  • The orientation week: A number of workshops and presentations are offered at the school on a variety of topics related to cultural adaptation and health & safety issues, followed by guided tours and visits to the old Medina and its numerous museums and associations during the first week of each course.
  • Many cultural and immersion activities are provided to complement the language courses students are taking. Such activities include excursions to other traditional cities and villages, group outings, international potlucks, attending music concerts and shows, etc.
  • Periodic quizzes are given to measure students' progress and identify any possible difficulties.
  • In order to facilitate the transfer of university credits for students, an official transcript and a language proficiency certificate stating the type, of course, total hours completed and achieved a level of proficiency is provided upon the completion of the course.

Accommodation Options

Students may choose from the accommodation options detailed below:

1. Homestay

Homestays with Moroccan families provide students with a unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Moroccan culture and the rhythms of Muslim life.

Costs: 95 €/week for a single, private room on a half-board basis, plus a one-time, non-refundable 30 € service fee payable to Dar Loughat.

Payment procedures: The service fee of 30 € and at least three weeks of the home-stay payment must be paid in advance upon receipt of your home-stay invoice.

Students with specific needs, such as dietary restrictions or allergies should indicate these on their application forms. It may not always be possible to provide a home-stay within walking distance of Dar Loughat. In selecting host families, we do not look for luxury or comfort in the material sense. Nevertheless, students can count on personal attention, help, and advice. Please note that our number of home-stay families is limited and that during busy times you may need to be placed on a waiting list.

Other concerns: Participants who feel they may not be able to respect home-stay rules or may have difficulties adapting to life with a Moroccan family should consider other accommodation options. Among the difficulties experienced by past participants: (1) Lack of privacy (2) Unfamiliar meal times and dietary habits (3) Unavailability of study space (4) Unfamiliar sanitary fixtures (in some cases, "traditional" toilets) (5) Location of host family (in some cases involving a bus ride to Dar Loughat). For the overwhelming number of past participants, such inconveniences were far outweighed by the positive experience of living with a Moroccan family, whose hospitality is legendary for good reason.

2. Hotels

Students may choose from several hotels in Tetouan. Please ask for our list of hotels.

Costs: 9 €/night and up, plus a one-time, non-refundable 30 € service fee payable to Dar Loughat.

Reservation procedures: Students wishing to have hotel reservations made prior to their arrival should request it on their applications. With its excellent local beaches, Tetouan is a popular Moroccan resort and rooms in July and August can be in short supply.

3. Apartments

For lengthy stays, furnished apartments can usually be found for students, either downtown or in the nearby beach town of Martil, about 20 minutes ride from the school.

Costs: 150 €/month and up, plus a one-time, non-refundable 30 € service fee payable to Dar Loughat.

Payment procedures: The service fee of 30 € and at least three months of rent must be paid in advance upon receipt of your rent invoice.

Students should not expect too much luxury in a flat, although all the necessary amenities are available.

Course Fees

The course fees also include: Pickup from Tangier’s international airport, Tangier’s and Ceuta’s seaports, Tangier’s and Tetouan’s bus or train stations; cultural adaptation and personal assistance; course book & educational materials; use of computer room with unlimited internet access; written and oral placement tests and a completion certificate; 24 hour emergency phone line; and many cultural activities and excursions to places of interest.

Tax included in all prices.

Registration fee: 55 €

Tuition fees for group classes (20 lessons per week)

The following prices are applicable to all MSA and CMA group classes

1 – 7 weeks 115€/W
8 – 11 weeks 110€/W
12 – 23 weeks 105€/W
24 weeks+ 100€/W

*If the number of students is insufficient (less than three), Dar Loughat shall reduce studying hours for group classes in the following fashion:

  • Class of 2 students: 15 hours per week
  • Class of 1 student: 10 hours per week

These changes will affect neither the cost nor the content of the course.

Tuition fees for private classes

The following prices are applicable to all MSA and CMA private classes, Conversation classes, Spoken Arabic, Specialized courses, Arabic calligraphy, Moroccan cooking

Number of students Rate per Hour, per Student
1 15.00€
2+ 10.00€

*Minimum number of hours per lesson: 1

*30 – 59 hours: 5% discount - 60 – 89 hours: 10% discount - 90 hours+: 15% discount


  • Minimum age: 16
  • Course start: Every Monday
  • Minimum stay: 1 week

We welcome year-round applicants, who will be accepted on an ongoing basis. All applicants are requested to fill out an application form, which may be completed and submitted online or downloadable, printed and faxed to (+212) 539-711-240, or mailed to DAR LOUGHAT, Place Moulay Mehdi – 8, rue M’hammed Benaboud, Tetouan 93000, Morocco. Students wishing to stay with a host family are requested to fill out the homestay application form. Those wishing to stay with at one of Dar Loughat shared apartments are requested to fill out the apartment application form.

To enroll in a course, students must send a non-refundable 50 euros registration fee and a non-refundable 30 euros accommodation booking fee - in the case they require assistance in finding housing during their stay in Morocco (all of these will be deducted from their invoice). All transfer fees will be the students´ responsibility. Payments should be made to*:

Account Name:
Account Number: 164-720-2121193167110009-50
Bank Name: Banque Populaire
Bank Address: Agence El Mandari 69 - Tetouan, Morocco

To confirm their registration, students are asked to send us a copy of their bank transfer slip either by email or by fax. The rest of payment is due on or before the first day of class. Acceptable currencies are Moroccan Dirham, Dollar, Euro and Pound Sterling. We also accept credit/debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Diners or Maestro.Credit and debit card payments entail a bank service charge of 2.5% of the total amount.

On arrival at Dar Loughat, and in order to finalize the registration procedures, students are required to hand into the registration office two passport size photos and their passport.

*Other possible payment options are postal transfer, postal money order, Western Union and MoneyGram.

**It's possible for students to pay the whole program cost prior to their arrival if they wish to. In case of any cancellation made prior to the course start date, all the fees received will be refunded in full, less the registration and accommodation booking fees and any bank charges.

Last updated Apr 2018

About the School

Dar Loughat is a professional language center in Morocco providing intensive courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year. Founded in 2004 in the ... Read More

Dar Loughat is a professional language center in Morocco providing intensive courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Moroccan Arabic throughout the year. Founded in 2004 in the heart of the city of Tetouan in northern Morocco, Dar Loughat has rapidly established a strong and well-respected reputation as a cross-cultural center in the Arab world. Read less