Barcelona is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations but do you know you can also learn Spanish in this Catalonian capital? The region of Catalonia has two official languages: Catalan and Castilian Spanish. You will often see signs in shops and restaurants written in Catalan but don’t worry, even though Catalan is widely spoken in this region, an astonishing 98% of the population in Barcelona speaks Castilian Spanish. In fact, a lot of Catalan speakers consider Spanish as their first language. If you’re still starting to learn Spanish and only have a dozen Spanish words and phrases with you, you’ll be fine. Hotel, restaurant and shop staff generally speak English. Taxi drivers and bus drivers in Barcelona often get tourist passengers so communicating with them won’t be a pain. In the worst cases, simple gestures will do the work for you.
Studying in Barcelona has its own rewards because you get to experience a slightly different Spain that you are used to. Here are some of them:
Catalan Cuisine is an abundant mix of seafood and meat-based dishes due to its proximity to both sea and the mountains. Pan amb tomate (toasted bread with tomato, olive oil and salt) is a staple. You can find it in any bar or restaurant. Calcots, which looks a lot like leeks, is eaten seasonally from January to March. Fideua is the Catalan version of the Spanish paella. Short noodles are used instead of rice and squid ink is added, giving the dish a distinct tinge and taste.
The Catalans love partying. In Barcelona, many neighborhoods hold their own parties throughout the year and most of these parties are free for all so don’t hesitate to join if you stumble on one while exploring the city! Speaking of exploring, the best way to discover the gems of the city is by foot.
Don’t miss out on these: Gaudi’s Architecture, attend a live concert in Razzmatazz and Apolo, visit Museo Picasso to see Picasso’s early prized works, stroll on the magical Montujic mountain to see the view of the city and spectacular vistas. Parks in Barcelona also feature great works of art, walk around the lush gardens of Teatre Grec and Fundacio Joan Miro and be inspired. There are several reasons why Barcelona should be your choice of destination when it comes to learning Spanish, Barcelona is truly an awesome place to study.
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