Learn Catalan from scratch!
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Learn Catalan from scratch!

Learn Catalan from scratch to intermediate level, being able to understand and talk in Catalan with natives.
3.9 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
42 students enrolled
Last updated 12/2016
Catalan
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use common words and sentences 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.
  • Note the similarities and differences between different Catalan dialects.
  • Learn about Catalan-speaking regions' culture through their holidays, typical dishes and way of living.
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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.
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. Moreover, there is a listening and reading practise section after each unit, plus a quiz, so that you can improve your understanding faster. And you will have access to our discussion section, where we can share and learn with the other classmates. 

The length of the course is not fixed, it mainly depends on your eagerness to go through all the materials. However, if you are committed, you could finish the course in 1 month or less. 

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. Please note that, as this course is intended for beginners, grammar sections are explained in English. 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 and celebrations, the most important differences between the dialects (so that you can understand everything easier) and how to talk in Catalan properly.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Catalan language course is for complete beginners who can understand English and who are willing to speak in Catalan in a daily basis, whether it is at home or at work.
  • 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 For This Course
22 Lectures
02:27:58
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Unit 0: Introduction
2 Lectures 14:46

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!" in Forum section of Udemy.

Preview 10:05

This is the practise for lesson 0. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 0
04:41
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Unit 1: Present d'Indicatiu
2 Lectures 12:10

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.

Present d'indicatiu
08:43

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

Quiz Lesson 1
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 1. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 1
03:27
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Unit 2: Present Perfecte
2 Lectures 11:46

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. 

Present perfecte
07:05

Quiz Lesson 2
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 2. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 2
04:41
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Unit 3: Passat perifràstic
2 Lectures 15:17

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.

Passat perifràstic (Catalan past simple)
09:37

Quiz Lesson 3
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 3. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 3
05:40
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Unit 4: Pretèrit Imperfecte
2 Lectures 13:29

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

Pretèrit imperfecte
09:32

Quiz Lesson 4
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 4. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 4
03:57
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Unit 5: Facts about Catalan, part 1
2 Lectures 12:33

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!

Facts about Catalan, part 1
08:49

Quiz Lesson 5
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 5. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 5
03:44
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Unit 6: Futur Simple
2 Lectures 14:06

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.

Futur simple
10:13

Quiz Lesson 6
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 6. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 6
03:53
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Unit 7: Conditional
2 Lectures 13:51

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.

Condicional
10:41

Quiz Lesson 7
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 7. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 7
03:10
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Unit 8: Present de Subjuntiu
2 Lectures 14:51

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.

Present de subjuntiu
11:19

Quiz Lesson 8
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 8. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 8
03:32
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Unit 9: Imperative
2 Lectures 09:32

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.

Imperative
05:26

Quiz Lesson 9
2 questions

This is the practise for lesson 9. It is a listening activity. You will hear a conversation between two or more people, without transcription. After that, we will go through the conversation step by step, while looking at the transcription. Finally, we will review some interesting questions, replies or expressions that appeared in the conversation.

Practise 9
04:06
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About the Instructor
Oscar Peñalver Sintes
4.0 Average rating
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49 Students
2 Courses
Language Teacher

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!