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Catalan for Beginners

Learn the basics of everyday Catalan, with a survival kit for beginners to this beautiful language.

Catalan for Beginners
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Extra BenefitsFrom $54Find out more

Learn Catalan by spending a day with Ella as she explores Barcelona

Catalan is the language of international tourist destinations such as Barcelona and Valencia – hotspots of history and culture.

On this course, you will explore the basics of the Catalan language alongside Ella – an American tourist in Barcelona – as she learns basic vocabulary and grammar in the context of everyday local life. Learning via glossaries, exercises, and videos, you’ll get to grips with the essentials of communication in this most fascinating part of Europe.

You’ll discover Catalan phrases and pronunciation, as well as the culture of the region – even listening to a full playlist of Catalan songs in the process.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Greetings and basic social expressions
  • Introductions (basic personal information, likes and dislikes)
  • How to travel around a city
  • Vocabulary and expressions for bars and restaurants
  • Describing accommodation
  • Talking about routines

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • greet and make introductions
  • use the most common expressions in Catalan
  • explain some daily routines

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning basic Catalan who has no prior knowledge of the language, but wants to learn beginner-level Catalan (A1) to integrate effectively and rapidly while visiting Barcelona and Catalonia in general. Learners will need to be fluent in English as this is the working language of the MOOC.

Who will you learn with?



I love my job!
After so many years it is still so inspiring to teach Catalan language.



Learning a language is like opening a door to a new reality. Language is a system of thinking that captivates me. I love my work and my students.

Who developed the course?

Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university in Barcelona. In just 25 years, it has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe.

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