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Lebanon Languages - Overlanding Africa.com
While Arabic is the most commonly spoken dialect, you will hear many different Lebanon languages on your Overlanding Africa.com trip. English is spoken fairly widely, especially in Beirut and other larger cities, while French is also spoken to some degree – particularly amongst older citizens.
The main types of Arabic spoken in Lebanon include standard Arabic as well as North Levantine Arabic. Other minority languages spoken in Lebanon include Kurdish and Armenian. Arabic is the official Lebanon language, however most of the government publication appears in both French and Arabic. The impact and influence of the English language on the languages of Lebanon increased after the World War II, resulting in many more Lebanese speaking English alongside French and Arabic.
Generally speaking, while many shop owners, restaurant staff and other tourist-orientated Lebanese locals may speak English, not all of them speak the language. Taxi drivers are notorious for not speaking English and you may also battle to be understood at local markets without some basic Arabic phrases.