What is the difference between Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic? Why should you study MSA? Find out here.

December 11, 2015

ALPS Beirut Language School Reviews

We recently asked our former students to share why they chose to study Arabic at ALPS Beirut. Here are the most common factors that mattered to them when selecting an Arabic language program. Is this the type of Arabic program you are looking for? If so, contact us in the […]
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 […]
June 13, 2014

Should Disney movies be in Modern Standard Arabic or the Spoken Dialects?

There has been an interesting debate online about the movie Frozen and how it was released in Arabic. Disney chose to release the film in the MENA region in Modern Standard Arabic. Some people think this was the best choice while other pointed out that Disney made translations for markets […]
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) […]
November 7, 2013

Private Arabic Classes for International Organizations in Beirut

  Did you know ALPS Beirut will come to your office and teach your expat staff Arabic?  Contact us at for more info Contact us below to find the course that’s right for you!
April 20, 2013

Intensive MSA Classes Begin May 7

 MSA Level I Sign up for this 3 week  class if you want to focus on  reading, writing and grammar in Modern Standard Arabic.  We’ll be using Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya Book One and this will be a small, personal class with only 3-5 students, so reserve your place today. Class […]
November 21, 2012

Media Arabic Courses at ALPS

The nice thing about studying Arabic by using newspaper articles and radio broadcasts is that you can more quickly and easily see your progress in Modern Standard Arabic.  Why is this? 1. These classes are based on the sections of the newspaper. You will focus on one section of the […]