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Extinct: no
Family: Afro-Asiatic
Branch: Semitic
Continent: Middle East
Country: Lebanon
 
Region: Middle East, North Africa, other Muslim countries. Also spoken in Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Countries Where Spoken: Lebanon, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Countries Where Official: Lebanon
   
Native Speakers: 1,700,000
Speakers Total: 5,000,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Lebanese at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Lebanese at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Lebanese: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Lebanese: 0
  
Three Letter Code: LEB
Alternative Names: Lebanese Arabic
Dialects: Beiruti, Achrafieh, Basta, Ras Beirut, Tripoli, Zgharta, Bsharri, Koura, Akkar, Beqaa, Zahle, Baalbek-Hermel, Keserwan, Druze
 
Summary: Lebanese Arabic shares many features with other so-called modern varieties of Arabic. Lebanese, like many other spoken Levantine varieties, exhibits a very different syllable structure from Modern Standard Arabic. While Standard Arabic can have only one consonant at the beginning of a syllable, after which a vowel must follow, Lebanese commonly has two consonants in the onset.
 

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