Learn Catalan from scratch!

Learn to speak Catalan at an intermediate level. You will be able to hold daily conversations in Catalan with natives.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2016 English

Course Description

This course is about the Catalan language and the culture of the Catalan-speaking regions. You may be looking for a course that allows you to communicate with others in Catalan, at least at a conversational level and without too much difficulty, while travelling to some Catalan-speaking region, like Barcelona. Or you may want to know more about the different traditions, cultures and typical dishes in those regions. If so, this course is suitable for you!

In this course you will find a short video lesson for each topic, plus a quiz and additional material. We also set a forum so that we can share and learn with the other classmates. 

The lenght of the course is not fixed, it mainly depends on your eagerness to go through all the materials. However, we would say that you could finish the course in 1 month. And then  you may also keep practising with your classmates in the forum.

The course goes over the main verb tenses, sentence structures and vocabulary that you will need in a daily basis to hold conversations with native speakers. And there are two special lesson on culture, language and traditions, so that you get a wider knowledge of the Catalan-speaking people.

You should take this course if you want to go over the most important grammar while learning typical phrases and useful vocabulary, and at the same time get a deeper knowledge on cultural facts. If you visit a Catalan-speaking region after having done this course, you will know the most well-known typical food adnd celebrations, the most important differences between the dialects (so that you can understand everything easier) and how to talk in Catalan properly.

What are the requirements?

  • Please be ready to write down new words in a notebook.
  • Be sure you have good headphones and check that you can hear well.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Communicate properly in Catalan using words and sentences commonly used by native speakers in any daily conversations.
  • Understand what people say when they talk in Catalan.
  • Get confidence to reply in Catalan when people speak in Catalan around you.
  • Distinguish different Catalan dialects, their similarities and differences.
  • Integrate yourself easily into Catalan culture, food and way of living.

What is the target audience?

  • This Catalan language course is for complete beginners who can understand English and who are willing to talk Catalan in a daily basis, whether it is at home or at work. This course should not be done with the only purpose of understanding what people say, because we will also be building on the speaking part.
  • The student is asked to keep track of the course since the beginning, complete the assignments and collaborate in the forum.
  • The student who takes this course needs to stay curious and to use all available resources to get the best out of the course.

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Curriculum

10:05

We will see 5 strong reasons why you should learn Catalan. 

After that, we will check the fundamentals: greetings and saying bye, and asking basic questions.

Forum of "Learning Catalan from Scratch!" http://catalanfromscratch.freediscussion.net/ 

Section 1: Unit 1: Present d'Indicatiu
08:43

We will learn some of the most used verbs in Catalan together with Present simple, known in Catalan as "Present d'indicatiu". 

Finally, we will check how to say numbers and prices, and a little bit of vocabulary.

2 questions

Just a simple check-up to make sure you go to the following lesson understanding what we saw here. :)

Section 2: Unit 2: Present Perfecte
07:05

We will learn how to use the present perfect or 'Present perfecte' in Catalan. 

After that, we will practice how to ask questions and answer them using that verb tense. 

Finally, we will see useful vocabulary. 

Quiz Lesson 2
2 questions
Section 3: Unit 3: Passat perifràstic
09:37

We will check the Past Simple tense, which we call "Passat Perifràstic".

After that, we will see common questions with this verb tense, and common ways to reply to them.

Finally, we will study new vocabulary.

Quiz Lesson 3
2 questions
Section 4: Unit 4: Pretèrit Imperfecte
09:32

We will keep going and we will learn the Past Continuous, or "Pretèrit imperfecte" as we call it in Catalan.

Quiz Lesson 4
2 questions
Section 5: Unit 5: Facts about Catalan, part 1
08:49

We will learn some interesting facts about Catalan. And this is the part one, so you can expect the part two later on.

In this part, we will talk about Catalan-speaking regions and dialects. 

You will probably note that Catalan language is rich and there are different dialects with notable differences. Fortunately, those differences are not really huge and all of them can understand each other easily!

Quiz Lesson 5
2 questions
Section 6: Unit 6: Futur Simple
10:13

We will talk about future tense or futur simple, the usage of 'anar a' plus verb, which means to go to do something, and how we talk about recent future and make plans.

Finally, we will check some new useful vocabulary.

Quiz Lesson 6
2 questions
Section 7: Unit 7: Conditional
10:41

We will learn how to use the conditional tense. 

Additionally, we will check its usage in order to talk about evidences, facts or logical consequences.

Finally, we will see a conversation example and useful vocabulary.

Quiz Lesson 7
2 questions
Section 8: Unit 8: Present de Subjuntiu
11:19

We will learn a verb tense that does not really exist in English, because in English we just use the infinitive of the verb, and it does not have as much as meaning as the same one in Catalan, which we call Present de Subjuntiu.

We use it to talk about things that may not be real or have not happened yet, wishes, feelings, etc. and in some specific sentence structures that we will learn.

Quiz Lesson 8
2 questions
Section 9: Unit 9: Imperative
05:26

We will learn about the imperative tense in Catalan, plus some irregular verbs.

Finally, we will see some sentence examples and our last useful vocabulary for this course.

Quiz Lesson 9
2 questions
Section 10: Unit 10: Facts about Catalan, part 2
10:22

This is the last lesson, but not necessarily the last time we will keep in touch. It is the part 2 of facts about Catalan.

Avui parlarem de la cultura de les regions de parla catalana.

Quiz Lesson 10
2 questions

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Instructor Biography

I have been teaching Catalan, Spanish and English for almost 6 years, and I enjoy it very much. I like to collaborate with my students in their language learning process and support them to get fluency and conversational skills.

Besides that, I am Graduate in Psychology and Master in Human Resources. I am a native Catalan and Spanish speaker, fluent in English and at a conversational level in Vietnamese. Currently I am also studying French.

I believe that communication is a very important part of everybody's life, and languages are the main vehicle to communicate. Therefore, learning a language means opening yourself to a new world and going deeper into it, into the heart of it.

Thank you for reading and hope to see you around!

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