ALPS Blog

December 4, 2015

Why we love small class sizes

Did you know that the average class size at ALPS Beirut is 3 students? We believe this creates a win win for both our teachers and students. Small classes allow our teachers to connect personally with each student and be able to address questions and topics that interest each class. […]
November 11, 2015

The Lebanese Lira and the US Dollar

You don’t need to bring too much cash with you when you come to Lebanon. If you have an ATM card that works internationally you can get cash here when you arrive. Bigger stores accept credit and debit cards, but for many transactions it’s easier to use cash – including […]
November 6, 2015

English Speakers in Beirut

Lebanese people are proud to speak several languages; among them are Arabic, French and English. Many students come to Hamra and hear English spoken at cafes and assume that English is the primary language. However, they don’t realize that within a ten minute walk from Hamra there are areas where […]
October 30, 2015

The Secret to Learning Arabic

Learning Arabic is difficult and so is living in a foreign country. It’s easy to think that your environment and location are what determines your success. Here Sugata Mitra talks about his experiments with education in poor, rural areas and what he found are the keys to learning. He says […]
October 23, 2015

How much does it cost to live in Beirut?

Technically, Beirut is an expensive city. Ranking 44th on the Mercer’s list for most expensive cities in the world, Beirut comes in at number four in the Middle East. And yet, as with most things having to do with Lebanon, there’s more than meets the eye. So what does it cost to […]
October 14, 2015

How to pick an Arabic Language Program

Arabic is a very nuanced language, one that cannot easily be taught in a traditional classroom setting. After studying Arabic at the university level in the United States, I felt adequate in my ability to read and write. However, my actual communication skills were minimal. After a summer of studying […]
October 6, 2015

Advice from Students Before You Study Arabic Abroad

I studied abroad in Jordan the summer after my sophomore year at OU. It was great and I feel like I learned a ton but there were definitely parts that could have been improved. We had a class on MSA and a class on spoken Arabic. The majority of the […]
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 […]