Spoken Lebanese Arabic Books

Here’s 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 – you don’t 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.

Lebneini w 2aktar©: Verbs Dictionary in Levantine Colloquial Arabic
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

Lebneini w 2aktar©: A Lebanese Arabic Method
Volume 0 – Total beginner

20 average class hours to complete

This is the place most students start with us. You’ll 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’ll oftentimes go through this book quickly to help you see the difference between how Spoken Lebanese words are written and pronounced – this helps makes your transition from MSA to the Spoken Language easier.

USD 24 - buy it online or at ALPS Beirut

Lebneini w 2aktar©: A Lebanese Arabic Method
Volume 1: First manual of conversation in Lebanese dialect – Beginner

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©: A Lebanese Arabic Method
Volume 2: Conversation in Lebanese dialect – 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.