Mbaali (pronounced /ba:li/ in English) is spoken by roughly 40 million people in Bidesh (/bɪdɛsk/) and is the official language of Bidesh. It is also spoken by a significant minority in the Jeeskambi Provence of Herestai. It is a member of the Alaqoin language family. It is normally classified into three dialects: North, South and Capital. These are differentiated by variation in phonology, particular the nasal plosives, which Capital Mbaali has none. Numerous colloquial varieties also exist.
The syllable structure is C(C)V(C), where the first C is any consonant, the second is any consonant other than a nasalized plosive and the third is a fricative or nasal. However, if the first consonant is a plosive, nasal or nasalized plosive then the second consonant cannot be any of these.
The pharyngeal fricative /ħ/ is pronounced as a velar fricative /x/ at the end of a syllable.