Learning Spanish in Barcelona: The Ultimate Guide for Expats

Barcelona is a vibrant and multicultural city that attracts young expats from all over the world. If you’ve decided to move here, welcome! As part of the Aticco Living team, we’re thrilled to help you make the most of your experience in this beautiful city. One of the best ways to integrate and enrich your life in Barcelona is by learning Spanish. In this article, we provide a comprehensive guide to learning Spanish in Barcelona, from language courses to exchanges and online resources.

Language Courses

Barcelona offers a wide variety of language courses tailored to all needs and levels. Here are some options:

Language Schools

  1. Escola Oficial d’Idiomes (EOI) The EOI are public centers dedicated to language learning for adults. They offer in-person courses with highly qualified teachers.
  2. Don Quijote Barcelona Don Quijote offers a wide range of courses including general Spanish, DELE exam preparation, and cultural programs.
  3. Olé Languages Olé Languages is a professional language school specializing in Spanish teaching, offering high-quality courses at competitive prices. It is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes.

Online Private Lessons

In addition to language schools, Barcelona has numerous private tutors who offer personalized online classes. You can find these services on platforms like Preply or Superprof.

Language Exchanges

Language exchanges are an excellent way to learn Spanish while making new friends. Here are some options to participate in language exchanges in Barcelona:

  1. Meetup This platform is ideal for finding language exchange events. Look for groups like “Language Exchange Barcelona” to join regular events.
  2. Tandem Barcelona Tandem Barcelona is a community dedicated to connecting people interested in language exchange. You can find partners to practice Spanish and, in return, teach your native language.
  3. Local Cafés and Bars Many cafés and bars in Barcelona organize language exchange nights. Places like “Bar Berenjenal” and “English Oasis Cafe” are known for their language events.
  4. Aticco Events Aticco organizes weekly events and activities where the community of colivers and coworkers gather to socialize and network. These events are perfect opportunities to practice languages, as people from all over the world come together.

Apps and Online Resources

Language learning isn’t confined to the classroom. Here are some apps and online resources to help you improve your Spanish from anywhere:

  1. Duolingo App One of the most popular apps for learning languages. It offers interactive lessons and is perfect for learning Spanish in your free time.
  2. Lirica App Lirica helps you learn Spanish with rapid-fire exercises based on memorable hit songs. You’ll not only improve your language skills but also get to know the culture along the way.
  3. Tandem App Similar to in-person exchanges, Tandem connects you with native speakers to practice languages through video calls and chats.
  4. YouTube Channels like “Español con Juan” and “Butterfly Spanish” offer free lessons and educational videos that can complement your learning.

Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Spanish in Barcelona

How long does it take to learn Spanish?

The time needed to learn Spanish depends on various factors such as your native language, dedication, and course intensity. Generally, with consistent effort, you could reach a basic level in a few months and an intermediate level in about a year.

What is the best way to practice Spanish daily?

The best way to practice Spanish daily is to combine different methods: attending classes, participating in language exchanges, using apps, and consuming content in Spanish (series, movies, books). Total immersion is key to learning.

Learning Spanish in Barcelona is a rewarding experience that will help you better integrate into the local community and make the most of your time in this incredible city. From language courses to exchanges and online resources, there are many ways to improve your language skills. At Aticco Living, we want you to enjoy a worry-free life, and learning Spanish is a fundamental part of that experience.

Good luck on your Spanish learning journey and welcome to the Aticco Living community in Barcelona!

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