Catalan is a Romance language, the national language of Andorra, and a co-official language in the Spanish autonomous communities of the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Valencia, and on the Italian island of Sardinia. It is also spoken, although with no official recognition, in the autonomous communities of Aragon and Murcia in Spain, and in Northern Catalonia (a historical region of Catalonia in southern France.
Catalan is very similar to Occitan, known also as Lenga d'òc or Langue d'oc, a Romance language spoken in Occitania ( Southern France, Monaco, the Occitan Valleys of Italy), and in the Aran Valley of Spain where it is also known as Aranese.
Catalonia is commonly referred to as the Autonomous community of Catalonia. It borders France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west, and Valencia to the south. To the east there is a 580 km coastline which meets the Mediterranean Sea.The capital is Barcelona. The autonomous community of Catalonia covers an area of 32,114 km² with an official population of 7,134,697 (2006) from which immigrants represent an estimated 12.3% of the total population.
According to a study carried out in 2003 by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalan is used by 50.1% of the population in everyday situations. .
Whether you are learning Catalan for business, leisure or academic purpose, at LSI we will ensure that your Catalan language course is a successful and enjoyable experience:
1. Your current level of Catalan and training requirements will be carefully assessed.
2. Our Catalan tutors, who are all highly-qualified, have many years of experience in teaching Catalan at all levels.
3. Your course will be tailor-made to meet your specific training needs, ensuring that it is relevant, practical, effective and fun.
4. Your Catalan course materials will consist of a combination of relevant up-to-date materials such as books, authentic documents, audio and video recordings.
5. You will be provided with regular reports at the end of each course module.
One-to-one Tailor-made Courses
One-to-one tuition allows you to study at your own pace with either regular or intensive courses at our language school in London or your premises.
Corporate In-company Language Training
Our 30 years of experience in providing business language training allows us to meet the particular needs of our clients from all sectors such as charities, financial services, insurance, import export, law, management consultancies, manufacturing industries, market research, oil and gas, building and property development or relocation.
Intensive Language Training
Intensive courses are ideal for people who wish to have a kick start or a refresher course prior to an important business meeting, examinations or a holiday.
Remember that an intensive course needs to be consolidated by regular practise in order to maintain the knowledge you have acquired over a short period of time.
We organise weekly Catalan evening classes in central London for beginners. Beginners group classes cover general topics for those with no prior knowledge of the language such as: greetings and introductions, buying tickets, eating out, shopping, asking for personal information etc. The maximum number of students is 10 per class.