Evening Spanish Courses in Barcelona

Learn Spanish in the evening in Barcelona!

Are you looking for some Spanish courses during the evenings in Barcelona?  Are you working (or studying so hard) or just have a too much to do in Barcelona that you can’t study Spanish during the day? What about evening classes? SuiteLife has done some research for you! If you want to study during the evenings there are plenty of options for Spanish course in Barcelona!

#1 Language School

There are a lot of language schools to choose from in Barcelona, but be prepared with your wallet.

  • The price is usually something around € 110/month for 4 hours a week. So, let’s say, it can be something around 6€ per 1 hour of course.
  • Please be aware of so called “sign-up” fees. They can be around € 30 – 60. Nevertheless, some schools don’t charge for this fee, it depends – you’ll have to check.
  • You should also count on some costs for books to study with. Other options are to simply copy materials or some schools offer to lend you the books from their library.
  • The schools also vary in their time schedule. The classes are between 18:00 to 22:00.
  • Maximum students in classes are usually around 10. Thus, you will not have attention just for you, but it can be fun and you can meet other cool people ;) .
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    Some schools with evening courses in BCN:

    # 2 Private Teacher

    To have a private teacher is probably the most expensive option. The price is usually around 20€ –  50€ + per hour. You can use one of the language schools listed above or any other in Barcelona.

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    Check the Couchsurfing website – Couchsurfing is not just about providing free accommodation to travellers, but also about getting to know what’s going on in the city and for sure you can find a teacher there! Just ask for it ;) I am pretty sure, you can find even cheaper lessons than € 20/hour.

    You can also use other portals to find a teacher, e.g. at Loquo which is like a Spanish Craiglist (you can probably find anything there).

    # 3 Language exchanges

    The third option is to exchange languages! There is no doubt that nowadays a lot of Spanish people want to (better to say “have to”) learn English or even other languages!

    Do you know www.meetup.com? Meet Up connects people with same interests in doing or sharing something. I am going to definitely try a group called Barcelona Languages and Friends. There is a language exchange meeting next Monday! So let’s go for a cerveza and talk! :) If you don´t like to sit in a bar, you can find other groups on Meet Up, e. g. If you prefer  sport, you can find your language-sport buddies. Awesome idea, isn´t it? :)

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    Again – Couchsurfing. There is a bunch of information on language exchanges and meetings for this purpose! You can improve your Spanish by talking face to face or on skype or if you want to improve your writing skills you can choose chatting online. Find your buddy for example at Conversation exchange.

    # 4 ONLINE

    Do you want to learn more by yourself? Oh, yes! You can study online at home and for free. Check our blog Have fun and learn Spanish for free! There is plenty of advice on which portals to use!

    Online on the phone? Why not play a game while you wait for your Spanish friends at Plaza Catalunya? Mind Snacks created an app to learn languages. A Perfect opportunity for beginners! Or try the popular Babbel. SuiteLife tried it and we love it!

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    Sure, you can find tons of other apps to learn Spanish. Which is your favourite one? Let us know in the comments below, we will be happy to try a new app! ;)

    If you prefer all the attention just for you, the good choice can be a private teacher on skype. You can use some websites like Nu Lengua – the price is around € 7+ per hour.

     

    # 5 The best SuiteLife Choice

    Find a Spanish boyfriend or girlfriend!   :)

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    My personal experience?

    I knew I would be very busy in Barcelona and the option to learn online wasn’t the best one for me (I need somebody who forces me to study :-) ). I chose International House Barcelona, because of my schedule and location. They didn’t ask me for a sign-up fee, so I went there to do level test and to see how it was there. I was surprised! If you’ve already been to Barcelona you know the service is not always very good. But after my test at IHES I knew this was where I wanted to study Spanish. It’s close to work and the people and professors I spoke with were very nice and helpful. I have been studying there 2 weeks and I am satisfied so far! The price was actually pretty high (probably the sign up fee :D ), it´s € 310 for 4 hours/week and 10 weeks in row. But I like it :)

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    Give us some feedback guys! What´s your experience with schools in Barcelona? Have you tried a language exchange? How do you study Spanish during the evenings in Barcelona?

    Good Luck! / ¡Que sea enhorabuena!

    ~Ivet

    Cool Spanish Slang – Speak Like a Local!

    Cool Spanish Slang Expressions – Learn in 1 Minute!

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    Why should you learn Spanish slang?

    Think when you are sitting at a cafè in Spain, with local people, or walking down the streets, Very often you hear expressions and you have no clue what they mean and can’t find them in a dictionary.

    Spanish slang is the real way people speak, so it would help to improve your overall comprehension and your understanding of Spanish culture. Last but not least, we believe that If you start to use some cool spanish expression, locals would really appreciate it! But mostly, it’s just super fun!

    Ready to become a cool spanish slang speaker? Vamos!

    • Guay

      Cool

    • ¿Que tal, tío?

      What’s up, mate? (Tío/tía means uncle/aunt, but you use it colloquially with friends)

    • ¡Estoy machacado!

      I’m exhausted!

    • Me estás toreando

      You are messing around with me

    • ¿Vamos a zampar?

      Shall we eat something?

    • ¿Tengo monos en la cara?

      Why you’re looking at me? (Lit. Do i have monkeys on my face?)

    • Es una gozada

      It’s really great

    • Beber como una esponja

      To drink a lot (lit. like a sponge)

    • Pasarlo bomba

      To have a great time

    • La marcha

      The nightlife

    • La Dolorosa

      The bill (in a sarcastic way, lit. means “the painful”)

    • Ser un muermo

      Being boring (La discoteca fue un muermo total)

    • Cambiarle el agua al pajarito

      To pee

    • Dar la lata

      To bug, annoy, bother

    • Acostarse con las galinas

      To go to bed very early (lit. to go to bed with the chickens)

    • Esa chica es muy potable

      That girl is really good looking (lit. drinkable)

    • Un Hincha

      Fan of a soccer team

    • Gente maja

      Good people, very nice and pleasant

    • Un/una guiri

      Foreigner (if you’re reading, you probably are one!)

    That should be enough for today…Now all you have to do is “salir de marcha” and show off your cool vocabulary! If this introduction to cool Spanish slang was useful, we would be pleased to write more! We’re still discovering the Spanish slang world, so please help us collecting new words and expressions! Vale?

     

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    ¡Olé!

    - Elio

    Learn Catalan – The Easy Way!

    Learn Catalan – The Easy Way!

    Want to learn Catalan? Follow the Suitelife guide to learning Barcelona’s second official language.

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    If you want to learn Catalan, then it could potentially be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences when coming to visit or live in Barcelona. Simply knowing some basic words and phrases will unlock a whole new side to this incredible city. With the buzzword of the day being ‘independence’ and with the Catalan language being classified as a minority language within the EU (despite having more speakers of it than more famous languages like Danish), your efforts are increasingly likely to be more appreciated than perhaps anywhere else in Europe. And where better to learn Catalan than in the Catalan capital itself?

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    What is Catalan? Is it hard to learn?

    A better question is – what is Catalan not? For sure, it’s not a dialect of Spanish and it is not a lovechild of French and Spanish. It is a language in it’s own right and has about 11 million speakers in Catalonia, Andorra, Valencia, some areas of Southern France and even an area of Sardinia, Italy! If you’re fortunate enough to have a grasp of the basics of Spanish, French, Italian and/or Portuguese then you are in a great position to start to learn Catalan!

    Should I Bother Learning Catalan?

    It all depends entirely on your motivations and what you want! If you know at least the basics of Spanish (or Castellano as it’s known in Catalonia), then you will get by in Barcelona just as well as anywhere in Spain. Lots of people speak reasonable English too. If you are living in Barcelona for a few months or longer then knowing some basic Catalan will make the city feel more homely and will also serve you well in day to day things such as understanding utility bills, medical forms and other official paperwork as well as advertisements and signs in public places.

    Being an international city, Barcelona is full of language schools which offer a variety of courses. The main problem is that language schools can be an expensive and inflexible way to learn Catalan especially for those who work or study here in Barcelona. The Universitat de Barcelona for example offers Catalan classes all year round for students and non students, but prices start at 60 euros to 160 euros for UB students and from 160 euros to 210euros for non students, so you will need a lot of dedication if you wish to learn Catalan.

    Fear not though! There are ways to learn Catalan which offer more flexibility at a minimal cost (and some which are free!) Want to find out how? Read on!

    3 Great Ways to Learn Catalan Fast in Barcelona

    1. The popular and traditional classroom method – Lessons from the Generalitat

    Why we like it – free tuition (for basic courses), benefits of learning from a native speaker, formal, potential to earn a qualification.

     

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    The Generalitat (Catalan Government) offer free Catalan courses (basic courses  only) to anybody wishing to learn in a bid to promote the Catalan culture  amongst non-Catalan residents of Barcelona. Lessons are given in Catalan so you get used to hearing the language straight away. Unfortunately, finding information on the Internet was like finding a needle in a haystack, but eventually I found the details on their website (see above link).

    The only effort and cost involved with this method is enrolling (which you can do at the Caja Madrid building in Placa Catalunya), going to the classes and purchasing a course book. If you’re serious about learning Catalan then this is a good way of doing so.

    2. The Internet method – Livemocha

    Why do we like it? – free, super flexible, ability to learn and practice with native speakers, learn at your own pace .

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    A revolution in language learning and based on the principle that language learning should be accessible to all and shouldn’t be difficult and expensive. Livemocha is a language learning website that combined with the benefits of a community based/social networking site which gives users the opportunity to practice what they learn and get feedback from native speakers. To top this off, learning Catalan is free!

    You simply create a log in account (you can do this by integrating your Facebook account too), find the course you want to follow and within minutes you have the world at your fingertips (excuse the pun). Learners can then access vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, listening, speaking excercises as well as being able to try your new skills out with a native speaker! At the time of writing, Livemocha were developing a smartphone/tablet application, making this an even better way to learn Catalan! If like me, you have no time to do a formal course, then this is a brilliant way to start. Personally, I’ve had a very good experience so far!

     

    3. The fun and sociable way – Language exchanges

    Why do we like it? – natural way of learning, most flexible, meet local people and make new friends

     

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    There is simply no better way to learn a language than having a beer and chatting with a native speaker. For some, it is daunting, but for those willing to get over their inhibitions, there are many Catalan people who are more than happy to share their language over a beverage or two! For those unfamiliar with this method, it is simply where you and a person who natively speaks a language that you wish to learn practice that language for x amount of time and then swap and speak your language (ie: for example, you speak English for an hour and then you swap andtry to speak Catalan for an hour and learn that way).

    In an international city like Barcelona, it isn’t difficult to find organised language exchange event in local barsbut are usually only really known by word of mouth. Fortunately, there is a great resource to find such events in the form of Couchsurfing. Whilst being a website where local people give travellers free accommodation, this is also a great way of knowing what is going on in the city and getting in touch with locals. Thankfully, the Barcelona Couchsurfing community are extremely active and provide information of language exchanges happening all over the city.

    Overall, a really relaxing and natural way to learn Catalan whilst also making new friends too. Details can be found within the Barcelona group on the Couchsurfing website (above).

     

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    So there you have it! These are the best ways to learn Catalan as voted by Suitelife. If you have caught the language bug and want to learn or improve your Spanish, then why not check out our Suitelife sister blog to this one – ‘The best websites for learning Spanish’.

    Had a Catalan learning experience? Got any tips? Feel free to share them with us on the comments section or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Bona sort! (Good luck)
    - Chris

    Best Spanish learning websites – How you can learn Spanish online for free

    On my first post on how to learn Spanish online for free I presented some interactive Spanish learning websites and interactive platforms, which offered a variety of entertaining learning elements and, in some cases, some social networks as well. These offered the possibility to practice Spanish in real time with other platform members. Today I will present some different Spanish learning websites and tools which I really like and which will help me to practice and develop my Spanish speaking skills while I am here in Barcelona.


     

    studyspanish.com

    I will start with one of the Spanish learning websites which is a Must-Read for everybody who is seriously interested in learning the basics of the Spanish language. I am talking about the Spanish learning website studyspanish.com. This website gives you a great overview about a bunch of important vocabulary bundled in topic related units.Learning vocabulary is great but there are a lot of more interactive and entertaining Spanish learning websites. But what I really like about this website is its grammar section.

     

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    Studyspanish.com divides the complexity of the Spanish grammar into 9 different units. Each unit refers to a specific grammar area, leads perfectly through every section and explains it in a very understandable way. Every basic account member is able to practice their gained knowledge with the help of a quiz and a mini-test. In my opinion it’s not necessary to be a premium account member, although the premium membership offers more practice material. But if I’m honest, the short quiz and mini-test is enough and keeps you motivated to go through all sections unit by unit.

    All the important “lessons learned” of each unit chapter are saved on a flash card, which gives you a great overview at the end. This platform is structured more like a classical Spanish learning book than an interactive platform, but the Spanish grammar is explained in a very understandable way and offers you good examples.

    busuu.com

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    busuu.com is a free online community for learning languages powered by the publisher PONS. busuu was launched in May 2008 and has currently more than 250,000 users from 200 different countries. After you register for free you can enter the Spanish learning website and choose a specific course. You can start with learning the basic vocabulary with audio-visual learning material covering more than 150 different topics.

    busuu gives you also the opportunity to absolve written exercises and let them be corrected by its community members. Additionally, language skills can be directly improved together with native speakers by connecting via an integrated video-chat. Each user is not only a “student” of a foreign language but also a “tutor” of his or her own mother tongue. All in all, busuu.com has a very user friendly interface and focuses on giving the user the opportunity to learn Spanish for free in a very entertaining way.

    Coffee Break Spanish Podcas

    My last suggestion for today is one of the most popular Spanish learning podcasts on the web. The Coffee Break Spanish Podcast – I listen to one episode per day on my ipod on my way to work – is a fantastic way to start a productive day each morning :)

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    For all of you who aren’t sure what a “podcast” actually is here is a short Wikipedia quote: “A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication. ”Coffe Break Spanish provides 80 lessons of 15-20 minutes each and starts with a beginner’s level through to intermediate. The teacher Mark and his student Kara guide you through weekly Spanish lessons. All you need to do is to listen.

    This course has consistently been among the top language-learning podcasts in iTunes US and UK, and won the European Award for Languages in 2007 and the European Professional Podcast Award in 2009. There are different ways to access the free audio files. You can listen directly from the website’s lesson library or subscribe to the podcast in your itunes store (all of these ways are free).


    If you think I’ve missed a great way of learning Spanish online for free or you have any suggestions for my third and last part, let me know. I’m willing to test everything around the web that offers free Spanish lessons ;)

    - Miriam

    Get your free Spanish lessons! – Best Spanish learning Websites and how you can learn Spanish online for free part 1/3

    In this post I want to share the best way to learn Spanish online for free and show you how you can save a lot of money by practicing with the best Spanish learning websites. Make sure you take advantage of your free Spanish lessons as soon as possible.


    It all started when I tried to contact different Barcelona languages schools looking for a Spanish evening course in Barcelona, but none of these schools bothered to respond to my email request. After contacting the third Barcelona language school to no avail, I decided to take things into my own hands and surfed through the internet to find a bunch of great Spanish learning websites to learn Spanish online for free. My research was very successful because there are actually a lot of cool Spanish learning websites, which offer a variety of interesting and entertaining free Spanish lessons. So we will start with my first three recommendations in this post.


    Livemocha – Exciting web 2.0 Spanish learning website

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    In my opinion, one of the best and innovative Spanish learning websites is Livemocha which is an exciting e-learning Web 2.0 startup founded by a group of experienced and successful entrepreneurs. After you have registered for free you can connect with members all over the world and can utilize their native language proficiency to teach and learn from other members of the community. The whole idea of Livemocha is based on connecting with people whose mother tongue is the one you want to learn, and giving and getting support, like real time corrections and assessments. Livemocha also leads you through a variety of lesson plans which include over 160 hours of beginner and intermediate level content. But how to keep motivated? – The good thing about Livemocha is its motivational system which provides competitions, a language buddy system and community encouragement. Languages such as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian etc. are very popular on this interactive learning website.

    BBC Spanish learning Website

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    The BBC Spanish learning websites offers a great means for free online Spanish lessons, mainly in an interactive way. In general, the BBC provides a variety of different language learning websites but I can recommend particularly the Spanish learning website. The platform offers you a variety of entertaining learning methods, from cool Spanish phrases to crosswords. In my opinion the most enjoyable part of the BBC Spanish learning website is the interactive drama “Mi vida loca”, which won the interactive innovation prize of 2009. This drama leads you through 22 exciting episodes and involves the viewer with interactive elements. So if you want to learn Spanish in an entertaining and relaxed way I can highly recommend “Mi vida loca”. The impressive thing about the BBC language learning platform is that it offers a learning program for almost every spoken language in the world.

    Babble- Learn Languages easily and the fun Way

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    As well as Livemocha you can sign into Babble for free and experience lively multimedia content on the theme of your choice. All of the content is accompanied by audio material and pictures. You learn new content through a focused combination of reading, listening, putting words in order and writing. Babble also gives you the opportunity to connect and learn from its community, for example through simple writing exercises and native speakers’ comments. On Babble you can study French, Spanish, Italian, English or German.


    Let us know if any of these free online Spanish lessons helped you learn Spanish and which one of these 3 Spanish learning Websites you liked most? – And don’t forget to check my “Get your free Spanish lessons” Part 2 and 3 Posts
    which are coming up soon
    -Miriam

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