FAQs

Find information about travelling to Lebanon, learning Arabic, tips and vocab for spoken Lebanese Arabic and some of the best links about tours and activities in Beirut, Lebanon.

July 12, 2017

How much should you tip in Beirut?

This is a question everyone asks when they arrive to Lebanon. Giving a tip, or bakhshish in Spoken Lebanese Arabic, is pretty common here, but the amount you tip depends on the situation. Let’s go through the most common situations you will find yourself in: eating out Let’s say you […]
December 13, 2016

Quel conseil donneriez-vous à quelqu’un qui viendrait apprendre l’Arabe à Beyrouth?

Pouvez-vous nous parler un peu de vous? (Par exemple … D’où êtes-vous? Que faites-vous dans la vie? Comment avez-vous choisi ALPS? Avez-vous étudié l’arabe libanais parlé ou l’arabe standard moderne?) Je suis de Toulouse. J‘étudie le droit et les Sciences Politiques. Une amie qui a étudié ici l’année dernière m’a […]
December 7, 2016

Welche Ratschläge würdest du einer Person geben, die nach Beirut kommt um arabisch zu lernen?

Erzähl uns ein bisschen über dich!  (Woher kommst du? Was machst du dort? Warum hast du dich für ALPS entschieden? Hast du schon vorher Hocharabisch oder den levantinischen Dialekt gelernt?) Ich komme aus Deutschland, bin 28 Jahre alt und arbeite als Sozialarbeiter. Ich hatte Interesse daran, eine neue Sprache zu […]
December 6, 2016

Vilka tips skulle du ge någon som kommer till Beirut för att plugga arabiska?

Kan du berätta lite om dig själv? Jag heter Yasmeen och kommer ifrån Sverige. Just nu jobbar jag lite extra men vill så snart som möjligt börja studera på universitetet. Eftersom min pappa ursprungligen kommer ifrån Syrien men tyvärr aldrig lärde mig arabiska har det varit en dröm sedan barnsben. […]
December 22, 2014

ALPS will be closed for the holidays

Happy Holidays from all of us at ALPS Beirut! We will be closed from December 24 to January 1 to allow our staff to be with their families. We hope to see you in class next year! Here are a few of the classes you can sign up for in […]
April 4, 2014

The many ways to say “What are you doing?” in Arabic

We recently talked about the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and the spoken dialects. Here’s something that our students have found that illustrates the difference between MSA and what people actually speak. You’ll also notice which dialects are closest to each other: If you are studying Spoken Arabic at ALPS you’ll learn […]
March 26, 2014

What is the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic?

Arabic is the official language of 22 countries, stretching from the Arabian peninsula up to Syria, and across North Africa, and is spoken by over 200 million people. These peoples and countries use Modern Standard Arabic in news broadcasts, legal documents, official speeches, books and newspapers. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) […]
March 5, 2014

Why students love our small class sizes

1. More chances to speak Arabic You have more opportunities to practice your speaking in class and you’ll get more feedback from your teacher so you can improve faster. 2. It’s more personal You have the chance to get to know your teacher and she will be able to better […]
November 18, 2013

Internet Speed in Lebanon and Best Internet Options

How slow is the Internet in Lebanon? At the time of this post Lebanon was the 166th slowest nation at 2.66 mbps. How does this compare to your home country? Find out here. Despite the recent improvements, be advised that the Internet speed is still slower than most of the […]