Lebanon

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the Libanese pound, ISO code : LBP

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Lebanon , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Administrations and banks are open in the morning.



Transportation

Road
Roads are globally in good condition. The use of a 4x4 vehicle is advised. To find gas stations is not a problem. In the event of an accident, it is advised to stay on the spot and to call an expert of the company that insured the vehicle. If the car comes from a foreign country, it is recommended to ask the insurance company for the address of its local correspondent in order to get the contact details of its experts' office.




 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .lb



Basic conversation guide

Yes = na'am
No = laa
Thank you = shokran
Hello = Ahalan
Goodbye =Ma'a ELSALAMA
I do not understand = Ma'a laa Afham
What is the price ? How much does it cost = Bikam?
I would like to buy = O'reed ann ashtary
Do you accept credit cards? = Hal takibal bitakit el aitiman?
Where is...? = Ain?
An airport = Matar
Train station = Mahatit Al kitar
Post office = Markaz Barid
Bank = bank
Police station = Kissam Shorta
Pharmacy = Sidali'ia
One ticket to.... please = tathkara wahida min fadlik..
Would you have any available room for tonight ? = Hal togad Koraf Fadia Al Laila?.

 


Languages spoken

The official language of Lebanon is Arabic. Lebanon is a country which is very homogeneous as far as languages are concerned. Indeed, 93% of the population speak Arabic. However, it is not the classic Arabic, which is the official language of the State, but the Syro-Lebanese Arabic (which is also called Lebanese Arabic). Otherwise, French and English as well as the classic Arabic are frequently used as second languages. It is true that in Lebanon, a lot of people speak foreign languages. Indeed, nearly all Lebanese people speak classic Arabic, 45% speak French and 40% English. Otherwise, according to some estimations, Arabic-French-speaking citizens would represent 28.5% of the population and 14% would be perfectly bilingual: Arabic-English. Moreover, 73% of the Arabic-French speaking people would also know English. Arabic would be used as mother tongue, French as cultural language and English would be used as functional language especially for relations with other countries. Finally, we should also mention two small linguistic minorities in Lebanon: the most important (6%) speaks Armenian, the other speaks Kurdish (less than 1%)


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