The region of Catalonia has two official languages which are Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is taught in schools and used in shops and offices. For Barcelona newcomers that are looking to settle down here, it may be useful to pick up some Catalan words. Even though, you can easily get by with English. Everyone here at the very least has a basic level of English.

If you are adventurous enough, Catalan courses are completely free! The courses are run by The Consortium for Language Standardization and there are 6 different levels to sign up to, from beginners to advance. These classes are provided free of charge.

Barcelona is also a wonderful place to take up another language and there is a multitude of different language schools around the city offering many language options. Some to recommend include:

BCN languages

spanish + catalanBCN Languages is a place where learning a language means much more than just studying it. It means getting to know a culture and opening our minds to different points of view, in a world where understanding diversity is becoming increasingly important. The BCN Languages team believes that languages are living entities, meant to be learn through experience and contact with them and the modern culture they represent. We strive to make sure that our teaching methodology reflects the thrill experienced at the discovery of a new language, a new reality. English, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Russian Courses.

Cervantes Escuela Internacional

Spanish + CatalanThis language school offers classes as well as accommodation. It is important to take your time in learning and developing language skills. It is equally important to immerse yourself in the culture and to be surrounded by people with the same goals and achievements as you. There are options to stay with host families in order to be more relaxed and achieve more over a shorter period. You can also learn to speak other languages with different Facebook group, such as: Bcn Languages and friends New in Barcelona You can also find some people thanks to the program Erasmus group on Facebook.

Speak easy BCN

Spanish + CatalanSpeak easy is centrally located, very close to the University of Barcelona and Plaza Catalunya – right in the center of Barcelona. The school is situated in the heart of Barcelona, next to the Metro stations Plaza Catalunya, Plaza Universitat and Passeig de Gracia! If you are coming by bus there are numerous lines, and if you are driving you will find several large underground parking facilities nearby. Intensive, semi-intensive, evening and private classes.

BCN Metropol Language School

Spanish + CatalanEnroll in this language school for some of the best classes at the best prices. With qualified and experienced teachers, small classes, effective communication and a certificate upon completion, it is easy to learn here at the same time as having fun.


Spanish + CatalanMeetup is well-know all over the world. You will find groups with similar interests in this app, including many expats. It’s worth to try it at least once. You can a pick from a variety of locally organized gatherings. From a language exchange to yoga class in the beach, there is a little bit of everything for everyone. The main goal is to meet new people, international and/or locals. It’s completely free.