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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 learners. Bring any questions you have about the language, culture and what to do and see in Lebanon and feel free to invite a friend.


Every Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM starting November 13th, 2017 through January 30, 2018 (except for Tuesday December 26th.


ALPS Beirut is in Hamra near the American University Hospital. Here are the directions:

Do you have to be a student at ALPS Beirut?

What if I don’t know how to Speak Lebanese?
This time is for people who are already conversational in Arabic.
If you are just beginning, check out our classes for beginners and then join us later on.

Is it really free?
Yes completely free!

For more info contact us at or by phone 961-1-75 50 25 and ask for Joelle (ALPS Director)


ALPS Beirut: Spoken Lebanese Arabic Books and Curriculum

Here‚Äôs¬†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¬†‚Äď you don‚Äôt have to be a student here to study Spoken Lebanese Arabic with our curriculum. We also ship our books internationally if you order them¬†online here.¬†

The Verbs Reference Book – all levels

A must for anyone studying Arabic. Use this book as a reference or pick a verb a day to study. You’ll find over 1000 Spoken Lebanese Verbs arranged by how frequently they are used.

USD $30 buy it online or at ALPS Beirut 


Alefba –¬†Total beginner¬†

20 average class hours to complete

This is the place most students start with us. You‚Äôll learn how to read and write the Arabic alphabet in Modern Standard Arabic and Spoken Lebanese Arabic which gives you a good foundation in Arabic no matter where your studies will take you. If you already know the MSA alphabet, we‚Äôll oftentimes go through this book quickly to help you see the difference between how Spoken Lebanese words are written and pronounced¬†‚Äď this¬†helps makes your transition from MSA to the Spoken Language easier.

USD 24 buy it online or at ALPS Beirut 


Lebneini w 2aktar©, Volume 1 РBeginner

60 average class hours to complete

You will learn to introduce yourself and interact with native speakers as you master short and simple sentences from daily life. The first part of the book includes a phonetic transcription in Levantine of the Arabic vocabulary in addition to the Arabic text and the translation into English. This allows you to improve you newly acquired reading competence. At the end of this book, you will have learned new vocabulary and can form sentences in the present tense. This book includes an easy to use index of the vocabulary covered. 

USD $24 buy it online or at ALPS Beirut 


Lebneini w 2aktar¬©, Volume 2 –¬†Upper beginner

60 average class hours to complete

This book equips you to use every verb tense in conversation. In addition to the present continuous tense, you will be able to narrate what you did yesterday (el maaDy), what you used to do (el maaDy el ba3iid), and communicate plans with the future tense. You will also get a good grasp of the active participle (Ism el faa3el), learn the interrogative sentence structures and cardinal numbers. Thanks to the dialogs and exercises, you will also increase your vocabulary and gain confidence in your conversations with native speakers. This book includes an easy to use index of the vocabulary covered. 

USD $24 buy it online or at ALPS Beirut 


Volume 3 – Intermediate

60 average class hours to complete

You will continue to practice using the verbs you have already learned as well as study the comparative/superlative terms, ordinal numbers, body parts, how to ask and give directions, express the conditional and direct and indirect pronouns attached to the verb. All of this is taught using dialogues about specific situations such as being at the travel agency, the clinic, the pharmacy and at the bank.

USD $20 only available at ALPS Beirut 


Volume 4 – Upper intermediate

60 average class hours to complete

You will learn new vocabulary and have conversations about things like booking at the hotel, choosing services at the post office, renting a flat, having a phone conversation, cooking Levantine dishes and more. These stories will introduce you to the use of imperative forms, adverbs, the passive participle (ism el maf3uul) and to the  origin Arabic word for all the verb forms (the maSdar).

USD $14 only available at ALPS Beirut 


Volume 5 – Advanced

60 average class hours to complete

Through a selection of  stories you will practice speaking Lebanese in situations like visiting a friend at the hospital or getting your car fixed. This book also has legends and exercises to help build your vocabulary and  audio material in MP3 format.

USD $40 only available at ALPS Beirut 


Volume 6 – Upper advanced

60 average class hours to complete

You will get more mastery in conversation and be able to tell stories, speak about your family and relationships. This book is also full of  idiomatic expressions and local traditions.

USD $32 only available at ALPS Beirut 

Please note: Time is an indication of the average time needed in classroom to acquire the competences targeted by the book. It can vary depending on the learner’s skills and does not include the time needed for homework and practice outside the classroom.

The average time needed to complete the curriculum up to Advanced level: 380 hours. For proficiency and high proficiency, the time depends on the learner’s skills and commitment, as well as on their total immersion in an Arab country.

Welche Ratschl√§ge w√ľrdest du einer Person geben, die nach Beirut kommt um arabisch zu lernen?

Erz√§hl uns ein bisschen √ľber dich!¬† (Woher kommst du? Was machst du dort? Warum hast du dich f√ľr ALPS entschieden? Hast du schon vorher Hocharabisch oder den levantinischen Dialekt gelernt?)

Ich komme aus Deutschland, bin 28 Jahre alt und arbeite als Sozialarbeiter. Ich hatte Interesse daran, eine neue Sprache zu lernen und f√ľr ein halbes Jahr ins Ausland zu gehen. Ich konnte vor meinem Aufenthalt in Beirut weder Hocharabisch noch den levantinischen Dialekt.

Welche Ratschl√§ge w√ľrdest du einer Person geben, die nach Beirut kommt um arabisch zu lernen?

Es ist sinnvoll, viel zu sprechen und das gelernte anzuwenden. Dazu gibt es die M√∂glichkeit, sich √ľber das Goethe-Institut Tandem-PartnerInnen zu suchen. Au√üerdem gibt es Sprach-Austausch-Veranstaltungen wie ‚ÄěLet‚Äôs Speak language‚Äú und auch noch weitere.

Was war deine Erfahrung bei ALPS?

ALPS arbeitet sehr professionell und hat eine gute Kommunikation. Die Lehrer_Innen sorgen f√ľr eine positive Atmosph√§re, wir hatten immer viel Spa√ü beim Lernen.

Bist du schon in anderen arabischsprachigen Ländern gewesen? Wenn ja, was waren die Unterschiede zum Libanon?

Der Libanon ist das erste arabischsprachige Land, das ich besuche.

Wenn du zur√ľck nach Beirut kommen w√ľrdest, was w√ľrdest du anders machen?

Ich w√ľrde mir schon fr√ľher viele Tandempartner suchen.

Wo planst du das gelernte Arabisch einzusetzen wenn du Beirut verlässt?

Im Alltag in Deutschland werde ich arabisch mit Menschen sprechen k√∂nnen, die urspr√ľnglich aus dem levantinischen Bereich kommen. Auch in meiner Arbeit als Sozialarbeiter u.a. in der Arbeit mit Fl√ľchtlingen kann ich arabisch sehr gut gebrauchen.

ALPS Beirut ‚Äď Du kannst zwischen Hocharabisch, dem libanesischen Dialekt oder beidem¬†entscheiden

3 Things Successful Students of Spoken Arabic Do

We’ve been helping students speak Lebanese Arabic for over 10 years and there are a few things we have seen that our best students seem to do….

1. Spend as much (or more) time talking in the community than you do in the classroom

We can’t stress this enough. Getting out in the community is essential if you want to learn to speak Arabic. It sounds obvious, but it takes desire and initiative to go out after you have already been in class and have homework. On the surface, it seems like there is a lot of English spoken in Hamra, but talk to us and we have help you find places and opportunities that are a good fit for you and your interests.

2. Seek to learn new words and record them

Use and app, a notebook, or flash cards Рwhatever works best for you! But the main thing is as you are getting into new conversations write down new words you learned and words you wish you would have know during the conversation. Then bring any new words you have questions about to class and with our small, personal class sizes we can help you learn more of the words you want to be learning.

3. Make mistakes everyday and have fun

The best students are the ones who¬†are always pushing themselves beyond what feels comfortable to say new things in a new way. They don’t take themselves too seriously and enjoy trying to connect in Arabic over saying things perfect. Find the right mindset and opportunities for you to enjoy studying Arabic even if t looks different from what other students are doing.

So how would you grade yourself on these 3 things? What is one thing you can do differently? 


Can we help you learn to speak Arabic? Let’s start talking about that below…


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 form below and we’ll send you more information.


`why students chose to study Arabic at ALPS Beirut

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.

More importantly, small classes allow each student to spend more time speaking Arabic and less time listening to other students. Learning Arabic is a lot more than studying books or listening to a teacher. The goal is that you can speak with confidence and this means you need to spend time practicing communicating in class and outside of class. There is no better way to learn Spoken Lebanese than to speak it! With a small class you will receive more personal feedback on your speaking and have more opportunities to take what you know in your head and practice saying it out loud in Arabic.

For example, let‚Äôs say you are in an hour long class and the teacher talks for 30 minutes. That leaves 30 minutes left for the students to practice what they have read and heard. If you have 3 students in your class that‚Äôs 10 minutes left for each student. If you have 10 students in your class that‚Äôs 3 minutes for you to speak and 27 minutes of listening to other students ūüė¶

If you want to find out more about the classes we have starting next month or inquire about private tutoring please fill out the form below.

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 at the advanced level in the CAMES program at the American University in Beirut, I felt that my skills had improved in certain areas. My proficiency in listening, reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic improved greatly. Nonetheless, the challenges of learning spoken Arabic in an orthodox classroom prevented me from fully utilizing my time in Lebanon. Outside of class, I reverted back to English. Despite the advanced level of my coursework, I was unable to converse with native Arabic-speakers. Having studied the language and culture throughout my college career, my advice to anyone interested in studying the region would be to study outside of the box – a program focused on communication, as opposed to the pedantic settings that emphasize ancient texts and translating academic sources. There is more to learn by experiencing Lebanon and its people through the language that they speak than studying a formal version of their language that is almost wholly unused.

-Natalie, OU

Before you study¬†aboard make sure you decide if you want to focus on MSA or the Spoken¬†Dialect. It’s hard to do both in one summer. Once you have decided that make sure to find a program that will be the best fit for you.