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, […]
November 4, 2011

Furnished Apartment for Rent

shi2a2 mafruusheh lil iijar (furnished apartment for rent) is an important phrase to know when coming to Lebanon.  Furnished apartments are a great option to save money and stay comfortably while you are in Beirut.  You can also join this facebook group for furnished apartments in various areas within Beirut.  These apartments are […]
October 14, 2011

Beirut Insider’s Guide

Here is a compilation of interesting places and unique people that make Beirut such a vibrant and unique city.  Enjoy!
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 […]
August 3, 2011

ALPS Teachers Make the Difference

The ALPS Staff at Al-Falamanki.   The ALPS staff recently gathered at Al-Falamanki. We took time to celebrate our outstanding teachers because they are the ones who make the ALPS Difference. Our customized curriculum and small class size enable our teachers to do what they do best-help you speak Lebanese!
July 22, 2011

Beirut Bus Map

Here’s a Beirut Bus map from zawarib – these routes are for bigger busses and vans. You could take the #2 bus from Hamra to Sassine Square in Achrafieh in about 30 to 40 minutes for 1,000 LL.  Or the #6 from Dora to Jbeil, a beach town up the […]
July 21, 2011

Taxi or Service?

One of the first things you will learn when you come to Beirut is the difference between a taxi and a service.  We hope to make that lesson easy for you by giving you a brief introduction: In most cases you will want to say “Service” (A french word rhyming […]