Day 3 of 30 Days of Travel: Berber in the blue city. Chefchaouen. Morocco.

Day 3 of 30 Days of Travel: Berber in the blue city. Chefchaouen. Morocco.

Berber letters on tiles along on the streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

The Berber languages are a family of similar languages and dialects spoken by the Berbers indigenous to North Africa. It is a branch of the Afroasiatic family. Berber is commonly spoken in Morocco, Algeria and Libya, and in some parts of Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and in the Siwa Oasis of Egypt.

The Berber languages are over 2,500 years old with the oldest dated written form from the 3rd century BC. In 2001, Berber was named the constitutional national language of Algeria. And in 2011 it became the constitutionally official language of Morocco.

When traveling in North Africa keep your eyes open for this interesting and unique language. Across Morocco, as you meet locals many will proudly state they are Berber and share their families history as a member of this unique cultural group.

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Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Productions

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