Learn Spanish in Barcelona
There's nothing like the full immersion effect to get you started in your journey towards learning a foreign language, and it goes without saying that the best place to learn Spanish is right here in sunny Spain. And although (as any Catalan will doubtless tell you, whether you ask them or not) Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and has its own Catalan language, the city's most used tongue remains Spanish thanks to a large number of residents from other parts of Spain as well as a sizeable population of South Americans and Spanish-speaking foreigners.
The benefits of being able to practice Spanish every day with barmen, waitresses, bus drivers, new amigos, your class mates and your new surrogate family (many language schools in Barcelona can arrange homestays), are huge in terms of supplementing the progress you make during lessons, whilst the beautiful city of Barcelona will make your studying feel like a holiday... hot beaches, Gaudi-designed architecture, tasty tapas restaurants, and scores of hip and happening bars and clubs will prove a welcome distraction to grappling with your dictionary.
If you're dead set on learning Spanish in Spain, then Barcelona has an appealing array of professional language schools to choose from. With a large selection of different courses - for beginners through to experts, and from private through to classroom tuition, some with homestay or other accommodation options - you'll have no trouble finding a course that suits your needs. And if you've decided you're more Catalan than Joan Laporta himself, you can also sign up for lessons in the language of noble 'Catalunya', and really impress the locals.
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Barcelona Language Schools
Please find below some of the very best academies in town, along with some details of what they offer.
A leading language school in Barcelona, Speakeasy offers a range of Spanish courses from intensive to extensive, and also offers private tuition and evening classes - all at very good prices (the cheapest in Barcelona to our knowledge!). Run by a friendly team, with professional native-Spanish-speaking teachers and with a great location right in the heart of the city (5 mins from Placa Catalunya), Speakeasy ticks all the right boxes for you to start learning Spanish in Barcelona!
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Ole Languages is a young and highly professional language school centrally located on the left side of the Eixample district, close to the Passeig de Gracia boulevard. Small and friendly they offer an antidote to some of the larger schools, with more emphasis on closer individual attention. Ole's classrooms are limited to just 8 students, and their teachers are highly qualified, experienced - and passionate about their job! The school has a range courses (intensive, semi-intensive, evening classes and private tuition) and some of the most competitive prices in Barcelona. Not only that but they are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes. Put them on your shortlist!
Linguaschools Barcelona is a medium-sized school which pays great individual attention to each of its students. The school building is located on a car-free street in the city centre and has a pleasant garden for students to relax before or after classes. Teachers are enthusiastic and highly skilled. They offer many different courses for all levels, all year round and for a fair price. Definitely one of the better options to check out before you get out your credit card!
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Whereas most schools will be able to help you find a place to stay in Barcelona (be it homestays, shared flats or private studio apartments), Camino is the only academy in the city with its own onsite accommodation. Here on the premises, as well as light and airy classrooms, you'll find ten student apartments with fully-fitted kitchens, dining area, flat screen TV and free WiFi access. Not only that but all students can chill out and socialise on the three sun-kissed terraces, or take advantage of the library and work stations. Camino adopts a "communicative" style of teaching and courses available include intensive, business, private and evening classes.
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Dime Language School
A young and innovative school, based in the trendy district of Gracia, Dime offers an innovative approach to learning Spanish here in Barcelona. For example classes consist of no more than eight students, and all lessons follow a communicative style of teaching, designed to help you get speaking in real life situations as quickly as possible. Courses on offer include intensive and extensive courses of all levels, as well as private conversation classes and even Saturday morning lessons - great if you've got a hectic work schedule. Dime also teaches Catalan (Barcelona's other official language, spoken by around 9 million people).
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Founded in 1998 by a team of young, qualified and professional teachers, and now with nearly two decades of teaching Spanish as a second language, Version Original has won the praises of students from all corners of the globe. They offer very affordable lessons (whether you're interested in intensive, extensive or private tuition), small classroom sizes, and best of all they are located a stone's throw from Placa Catalunya - so you won't find a more centrally located academy.
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Setting up shop in the hip district of Poblenou, just a few blocks from the beach, this modern academy, with workspace, terrace and wifi, offers intensive courses of between 20 and 30 hours a week for students of all levels. They place a great emphasis on engaging with the local culture, and teachers often take students for walks around the city to practice the language and learn about the local customs, lifestyle and architecture at the same time as improving their español. For those that want to go further check out their action package that combines intensive lessons with regional activities like cooking and salsa dancing. More info and prices on their website.
Hopefully this page has inspired you to sign up for some lessons and start your journey towards mastering a language spoken by an estimated 550 million people worldwide. If you want a little head start check out our guide to Spanish, complete with listen and repeat phrases.