Classical Arabic is the language of legislation although laws are also translated into French and sometimes into Spanish.
The majority language spoken by the population is the Moroccan Arab, little by little influenced by the so-called cultured language. In fact there is a diglossia and even a triglosia. The King of Morocco when he wants a speech to reach the world is forced to use for the Arab world, classical Arabic, and for the rest of the world, French.
The berberófonas zones, in their three dialects of the Berber languages (tarifit, tamazight and tachelhit) use their language daily.
The French language is the language of commerce; higher education is taught in French.
In the cities of Tetuán and Nador the knowledge and use of Spanish is high; also in the Saharawi population of the old Spanish Sahara; in most of the population of Larache, Tangier, Alhucemas and Sidi Ifni is usual. There are groups of Spanish speakers in cities like Rabat, Agadir, Kenitra, Casablanca, Taza, Fez, Marrakech, Mekinez and Uxda. Currently, there are six centers of the Cervantes Institute, being one of the largest concentrations in a single country of this institution in charge of spreading the Spanish language in the world. The Spanish-speaking population in Morocco amounts to about 360,000 people in 2006.
The official languages of Morocco are:
At the national level: classical Arabic and French
The unofficial languages of Morocco are:
The Moroccan Arabic dialect of the classic Arabic.
Berber languages (tarifit, tamazight and tachelhit) that are used daily in the mountainous regions of Morocco.
The Spanish: Regions of the Rif, Yebala and Tarfaya because in the past they formed the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco.
In Western Sahara, administered by Morocco: the Spanish and the traditional Arabic of the area, are widely used and are official for the SADR.