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September 25, 2015

Free Conversation Cafe Time Changed in October

Are you looking for an opportunity to speak Lebanese? Stop by ALPS Beirut for a cup of coffee and conversation with our Arabic teachers and other students. Make sure to bring any questions you have about the language, culture and what to do and see in Lebanon. Please note the […]
September 18, 2015

Eid al Adha Greetings in Lebanese Arabic

This week, September 24 and 25, 2015, is 3id ilkabir or 3id al aD7a (meaning feast of the sacrifice). For Muslims, this holiday remembers the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first born son in obedience to God. It also marks the end of the 7ajj to Mecca. The day […]
July 10, 2015

Ramadan greetings and sayings in Lebanese Arabic

Ramadan Karim It is the month of Ramadan when Muslims around the world fast from drinking and eating each day during the 9th month in the Islamic calendar from before the Fajr prayer at sunrise until the iftar meal after the Maghrib (sunset) prayer. Here are a few Arabic saying to use […]
November 17, 2014

Free Arabic Conversation Class on Tuesdays

ALPS Beirut is pleased to announce that we are starting back up our free conversation class on Tuesdays (starting December 2). Are you looking for an opportunity to speak Lebanese? Stop by ALPS Beirut for a cup of coffee and conversation with our Arabic teachers and other students. This is a […]
June 13, 2014

Should Disney movies be in Modern Standard Arabic or the Spoken Dialects?

There has been an interesting debate online about the movie Frozen and how it was released in Arabic. Disney chose to release the film in the MENA region in Modern Standard Arabic. Some people think this was the best choice while other pointed out that Disney made translations for markets […]
January 24, 2014

How to say goodbye in Spoken Arabic

There are many ways to say goodbye when you are about to leave a person or place in Lebanon. Knowing these phrases will help you sound more like a native speaker and communicate clearly and politely. baddak shi? // Do you want anything? This is an informal way to leave someone […]
November 29, 2012

Learn Spoken Lebanese

American: “Lao sa-maHt, ay-nuh el mah-tãm Ka-bab-ji?” Beiruti: “Speak English or French?” American: “Uh…English.” Beiruti: “OK, go straight and first left…you will see. Welcome to Lebanon.” American: “Shou-kran.” Beiruti: “You’re welcome.” begins Ben Kalt’s helpful article that gives details and practical advice for anyone starting out studying spoken Arabic.  What […]
August 5, 2012

Saying “No thank you” in Arabic

We have discussed the variety of ways to say thanks in Spoken Lebanese Arabic.  Now we will talk about saying no thanks.  The Lebanese people are warm, welcoming and generous.  If you want to decline an offer there is usually a polite response and that response depends on the context.  […]