Practice your Catalan and have fun!

Do you want to meet other students while you learn Catalan? Catalan universities offer language and cultural exchanges with other students in the support programmes. Join, learn, practise and make friends.

They’ve done it. Don’t you miss out!!

Do you want to meet other students while you learn Catalan? Catalonia’s universities offer language exchanges.

Image of Alex during the interview about the Mentor programme at the University of Vic

Alexander Magnusson

"The Mentor programme in three words: fun, exciting and educational"
Image of Pedro recording himself in a short video talking about his experience with Language Volunteering

Pedro (Portugal)

"Language Volunteering has allowed me to take more root in Catalonia"
Katherine, from Canada, talking about her Catalan studies during her 2018/19 Erasmus year

Katerine (Canada)

"I recommend this program to everyone regardless of the level of Catalan"
Jiang Meijie (China), smiling in front of the camera

Jiang Meijie (China)

"I study Catalan because it is the official language of Catalonia"

Discover our materials and practise your Catalan!

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Contains basic vocabulary illustrated with images.

Description

 It is in two parts: An illustrated vocabulary section followed by a short conversation guide. The vocabulary section contains over 1,000 words in Catalan, illustrated with pictures and grouped by topic (the nursery school, the adult education centre, the pharmacy, herbs and spices, meals, etc.) The topic on each sheet is provided in Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Arabic and Chinese. The booklet includes a map of Catalonia’s regions and a map of the world. Prepared by the Directorate General for Language Policy of the Ministry of Culture.

 

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Audio
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S’adreça a persones que volen practicar la fluïdesa en català i escoltar diferents varietats dialectals.

Description

 A collection of everyday conversations, starting at a basic level and getting more complex- You can listen to the dialogues in mp3 format and read them in a PDF file.

 

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Sheets of teaching materials to provide teachers with an easy-to-use classroom model.

Description

Contains two series of materials, both of which are suitable for linguistic integration and basic level. The first collection contains 23 sheets presenting dialogues on everyday situations and a guide to help teachers use them in the classroom. The second collection of 17 sheets contains simple dialogues based on the historical events and personalities reflected in the names of Catalonia’s streets.

 

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Materials to facilitate dialogue and conversations between learners and volunteers in the Language Volunteers programme, reading clubs and learners on Catalan courses.

Description

The materials cover a range of subjects and are designed to encourage dialogue and conversation, while reinforcing language learning through reading.

 

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Get to know the country
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These guides link language learning to Catalan society, history and culture.

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Support materials for Catalan beginners taking face-to-face courses, attending self-learning centres or taking part in language exchange programmes. 

Prepared by the University of Barcelona.

 

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To help learners use Catalan in a social context.

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Free app for finding a language partner. The app uses geolocation to bring together volunteers who speak fluent Catalan and learners with a basic grounding who want to become fluent. Developed by the Plataforma per la Llengua with the support of the Governments of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia and donations from 205 donors.

 

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Communicative competence
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I read
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Self-learning
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Online
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Promote conversation among those taking part in the Language Volunteering (VxL) programme, serve as a didactic resource for teachers of Catalan courses, both in-classroom and online, and be extracurricular practice material for students and all those who want to learn Catalan.

Description

Fils de conversa consists of 10 thematic units that deal with current topics; in each one you will always find four blocks that we call fils, "threads" in Catalan: Mira i parla ("Look and speak"); Escolta i parla ("Listen and talk"); Guaita i opina ("Observe and give your opinion"), and Parlem-ne i fem ("Let's talk and do"). Each thread proposes four activities aimed at introducing vocabulary, encouraging reading among peers, practising linguistic and communicative structures and, above all, facilitating conversation.

There are over 300 activities that promote exchange and conversation. See the user guide (Guia d’ús) for a more detailed explanation of how it works.

Prepared by the Secretariat for Language Policy.

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Support documents for individuals such as mentors or language volunteers helping to welcome students who have started learning Catalan. It includes seven files that reflect real day-to-day situations and contain vocabulary, common sayings and grammar rules.

This project has been developed by the language support officers of the university language services with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research

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Multiculturalism
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To provide ideas, guidelines and tips for setting up language exchange meetings and reflecting on the similarities and differences between cultures and countries that can be seen as we carry out our daily lives.

Description

This two-part guide, published in PDF format, is available in several languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Occitan, Portuguese and Chinese). The first part explains how a language exchange works, including how the meeting is structured, its length, the place and the activities participants can engage in. The second part contains suggested themes for conversation and information to stimulate discussion on the similarities and differences between cultures and countries when you get together.

Produced by the language services of the Catalan universities with the support of the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Ministry of Business and Knowledge.

 

If you are taking or have taken a course at any of the Catalan universities, you can take part in the language exchange or language volunteer activities organised by each university.

If you are not a university student you can take part in the Language volunteer programme, organised by the Directorate-General for Language Policy, as a learner.

A language exchange involves pairing a visiting student who is learning Catalan with a Catalan-speaking student who wants to practice another language. Most Catalan universities have a language exchange register that they use to put students in contact with each other based on the languages they want to practice. From this point on, the students themselves arrange their meetings.

If you are taking or have taken a course at any of the Catalan universities, you can take part in the language exchange or language volunteer activities organised by each university.

If you are not a university student you can take part in the Language volunteer programme, organised by the Directorate-General for Language Policy, as a learner.