Arabic is the main language, though local languages, such as Berber and Touareg, are used in many small urban settings. However, the dialect of Arabic spoken in Libya, which is a variety of Bedouin Arabic, is almost incomprehensible to Arabic speakers from the Gulf. Nevertheless, all educated Libyans will have learnt standard Arabic in school, so they would be able to converse in that if required. English is somewhat widely understood in the major cities. Libya’s Italian colonial past and, as of 1980s, access to Italian television, make that language relatively well understood. However, the use of Italian is nowhere near the use level of, for example, French, in Algeria, Tunisia or Morocco. Many Italian terms name modern conveniences, such as “semaforo” (traffic light) and “benzina” (gasoline). (source: Wikitravel)


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