ALPS Blog

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 […]
September 11, 2015

How to take a bus in Beirut, Lebanon with Important Arabic Phrases

Getting around Beirut, or Lebanon, by bus is pretty easy and cheap. Busses in Beirut usually cost 1,000 LL ($ 0.66 US). There are just a few things you need to know. Busses have a fixed route – check out the map for details. However, there are no bus stops. […]
September 4, 2015

October Intensive Spoken Arabic Class $6 per hour

Beginners Spoken Lebanese Class This class begins with Spoken Levantine Vol 1 to teach you the essentials so that you can introduce yourself, get around Beirut easier and have basic conversations as soon as possible. In order to be in this class you must be comfortable using the written Arabic alphabet. This is […]