Lebanon’s official languages are Standard Arabic and Lebanese Arabic, which are close to (but not identical to) the Arabic spoken in Syria, Jordan, and Palestine.
Standard Arabic is spoken by almost everyone in Lebanon, and many individuals also speak French and/or English. While most people’s primary language is French, English is also commonly spoken. Because Lebanon was a French mandated province after World War I, street and location signs are in both Arabic (first) and French (second). Signs and outdoor messages are often written in at least two languages: Standard Arabic, French, and/or English.