Studying Arabic

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 […]
April 12, 2013

ALPS Announces 3 Levels of Media Arabic Classes

If you already have a foundation in reading and writing MSA, these classes are a great way to improve your comprehension and vocabulary as you read different articles. What makes these classes practical? The centerpiece of the curriculum is actual Arabic articles. This allows you to go beyond a textbook […]
November 21, 2012

Media Arabic Courses at ALPS

The nice thing about studying Arabic by using newspaper articles and radio broadcasts is that you can more quickly and easily see your progress in Modern Standard Arabic.  Why is this? 1. These classes are based on the sections of the newspaper. You will focus on one section of the […]
May 3, 2012

MSA Summer Classes Now Forming

Small Group Classes using Al-Kitaab fi Ta3allum-al3rabiyya Vol. I, II & III Classes will be in June, July and August and formed around your needs and your schedule.  To start or continue your studies in MSA with Al-Kitaab this summer, contact us now on the blog on via e-mail to reserve […]
February 8, 2012


You have most likely learned that the work kheyr is the equivalent of good in English. However, there are so many ways to use kheyr in Spoken Lebanese that it makes the word difficult to simply define without knowing the context. Hopefully when you listen to this recording by the […]
December 2, 2011

walaw? ولو

Walaw literally means “and even if.” It is one of those little phrases in Spoken Lebanese that can convey a number of different things. Listen to what some of the ALPS staff had to say when asked how they use “walaw.” You’ll hear the phrase used to express frustration, amazement, […]
October 10, 2011

Tips from Our Students

What advice would you give to new students coming to Beirut to study Arabic?   Coming to a new country and learning a new language can be intimidating, but the paitence, support, and cultural education you recieve from the Lebanese, makes the experience more fabulous than you could ever imagine. In terms of advice […]
September 16, 2011

Saying Thank You in Lebanese

One of the first things you will want to be able to say when you are in Lebanon is thank you in response to the amazing hospitality of the people here.  You may already know shukran, but there are many ways to express your gratitude in Lebanese: merci ktiir, yislamo, sallem ideik, mamnuunak
September 15, 2011

Should I study MSA or Spoken Arabic?

This depends on how much time you have and what you want to be able to do. Focus on Speaking: If you only have a month and want to get around town and meet people here in Lebanon start with spoken Arabic. We begin with the most common words, phrases […]