FAQs

Find information about travelling to Lebanon, learning Arabic, tips and vocab for spoken Lebanese Arabic and some of the best links about tours and activities in Beirut, Lebanon.

December 22, 2014

ALPS will be closed for the holidays

Happy Holidays from all of us at ALPS Beirut! We will be closed from December 24 to January 1 to allow our staff to be with their families. We hope to see you in class next year! Here are a few of the classes you can sign up for in […]
April 4, 2014

The many ways to say “What are you doing?” in Arabic

We recently talked about the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and the spoken dialects. Here’s something that our students have found that illustrates the difference between MSA and what people actually speak. You’ll also notice which dialects are closest to each other: If you are studying Spoken Arabic at ALPS you’ll learn […]
March 26, 2014

What is the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic?

Arabic is the official language of 22 countries, stretching from the Arabian peninsula up to Syria, and across North Africa, and is spoken by over 200 million people. These peoples and countries use Modern Standard Arabic in news broadcasts, legal documents, official speeches, books and newspapers. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) […]
March 5, 2014

Why students love our small class sizes

1. More chances to speak Arabic You have more opportunities to practice your speaking in class and you’ll get more feedback from your teacher so you can improve faster. 2. It’s more personal You have the chance to get to know your teacher and she will be able to better […]
November 18, 2013

Internet Speed in Lebanon and Best Internet Options

How slow is the Internet in Lebanon? At the time of this post Lebanon was the 166th slowest nation at 2.66 mbps. How does this compare to your home country? Find out here. Despite the recent improvements, be advised that the Internet speed is still slower than most of the […]
October 14, 2013

Is Beirut, Lebanon a good place to study Arabic?

The answer is…it depends. Yes if you are a lady There is a consensus among our female students that it is more comfortable to live in Beirut and study Arabic compared to countries like Egypt or Jordan. In general, the men will take less notice of you here and there […]
May 17, 2013

Rent an Apartment, reserve a dorm or get a hotel in Beirut?

ALPS Beirut does not provide housing accommodations or make reservations for students, but we can give you some tips and links to get you started and answer any questions you have.Before you start looking for a furnished apartment or hotel in Beirut, answer these questions: -How long do I want to stay […]
March 7, 2012

What visa do I need to travel in Lebanon?

Option 1-Get one at the Airport When you fly to Lebanon a tourist visa is automatically included with your ticket. After your first month in Lebanon you can extend your visa for another 2 months. ALPS will certify that you are studying Arabic and provide the necessary documentation to extend […]
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 […]