Lebanon Language Stats


English status Has been used to some extent since the founding of the American University of Beirut in 1866. Many English language publications. Not spoken on the street or in Lebanese homes. Bible 1535-1989. 1989
French status An estimated 20% of the population speak French in their daily lives, and up to 65% of the population can read and converse in French. A number of government and private universities teach in French. Official language. The language of instruction in most schools. Newspapers, magazines. Bible 1530-1986. 2044
Languages Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.161 2009 146th out of 200
Major language(s) Arabic 2013


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