The vowel “a” in Lebanese

I want to look at the vowels in the Lebanese language as part of providing information on how to use them. The vowels are:

a
e
i
ii
o
u

but these vowels should not be thought of as having the same sounds as English for example.

Let us look at the first vowel. In Lebanese this letter “a” actually has two different sounds, as well as a long version:

First sound is as in “Nafas” meaning “breath”
Second sound as in “Harab” meaning “he escaped”
Long sound as in “Faara” meaning “mouse” (Female)