March 29, 2018

Easter Greetings and Traditions in Lebanon

It’s one of two holy weeks for Easter in Lebanon.  Easter is a big deal in Lebanon and, depending on the neighborhood, you can feel the جو in the streets the entire week leading up to Easter Sunday. Offices and schools are typically closed on Friday and Monday for both the […]
December 22, 2017

ALPS Beirut Holiday Schedule

ينعاد عليكن Merry Christmas from Alps Beirut! Our last day of class at the Hamra branch is Friday December 22nd and we will reopen on January 2nd at 8:00 AM for private tutoring. Also our weekly free conversation sessions will start back on the 2nd. Then group classes begin on […]
December 7, 2017

How to use the verb طُلع in Spoken Levantine Arabic

This is the second post in a new series about the different ways you can use the most common verbs in Spoken Lebanese Arabic so that you can make the most out of learning this verb. See the other posts here. “Toli3” is a verb that is fun to use […]
November 10, 2017

Free conversation sessions each Tuesday at ALPS Beirut in Hamra

Are you looking for an opportunity to speak Lebanese? In addition to our small, personal classes and private tutoring that give ample opportunity to speak in class, make sure to stop by ALPS Beirut on Tuesdays for a cup of coffee and conversation with our Arabic teachers and other Arabic […]
November 8, 2017

How to use the verb صار in Spoken Levantine Arabic

This is the first post in a new series about the different ways you can use the most common verbs in Spoken Lebanese Arabic so that you can make the most out of learning this verb. See the other posts here. “Saar” means to happen. However, the meaning can vary according […]
September 7, 2017

Taking Bus 4 in Beirut – to and from ALPS Beirut

For many students coming to classes at ALPS Beirut, taking Bus 4 is the easiest and cheapest way to get to Hamra. Bus Fours are usually 12 person mini vans with a “4” in the window. Like this: And no matter where you get on or off on the cost is the same 1000 Lebanese Lira […]
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 […]
June 23, 2017

ALPS Beirut: Spoken Lebanese Arabic Books and Curriculum

Here’s an overview of the different books we have at ALPS Beirut to help you learn Spoken Arabic. These books are available to anyone at our branches in Hamra or Mansourieh – you don’t have to be a student here to study Spoken Lebanese Arabic with our curriculum. We also ship our books internationally […]
June 9, 2017

Uber in Beirut? If and when you might want to take an Uber instead of a service or taxi in Lebanon

Can Uber work in Lebanon? Before we begin, you should know that this post is based on personal experience and is not endorsed by ALPS or sponsored by Uber. Also Uber in Lebanon may have changed after the date of this post.  In Beirut, Uber is a bit different. First […]