Five tips for job interviews in Spanish

You've moved to Barcelona, you've got yourself an apartment, you've joined the expat Facebook groups and you've started making friends. It's time for the final piece of the puzzle - getting a job! Interviews can be nervewracking at the best of times, and many people...

Sant Jordi: a day of books and roses

Our favourite Barcelona festival is coming up this Sunday - El Diada de Sant Jordi, a Catalan celebration of the national patron saint. The legend goes that Sant Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess. Out of the blood of the dragon a rose blossomed, which he offered...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in April

Spring is well and truly here, so get out to enjoy the best cultural events Barcelona has to offer. You can leave your winter coat - and your wallet - at home!  Listen to some classical music As part of the Maria Canals music competition, there is a grand piano...

Five things to do in rainy Barcelona

Barcelona is usually a city of blue skies and sunshine, but the weather forecast for this weekend is looking stormy. When it's overcast, going to the beach or drinking a caña on a terrace just isn't appealing, so if you're stuck for ideas of rainy-day activities we've...

The nine best Barcelona Instagrams to follow

Barcelona is an incredibly photogenic city and it's pretty hot with Instagrammers, with over 26 million photos hashtagged #barcelona on the popular photo-sharing platform. A great way to share images and find inspiration within your community, we thought we'd share...

Spanish vocabulary for the flea market

As well as a permanent flea market - Les Encants - Barcelona has a different market on almost every weekend, with prices ranging from the higher end (Palo Alto, Barcelona Vintage Market) to the flea market prices where you can find some real bargains (El Flea,...

Six free things to do in Barcelona in March

Spring has finally sprung! The sun is out, the temperature is up and what better way to celebrate than getting out and about and enjoying the best of what Barcelona has to offer! Check out these six great events, all absolutely free of charge! Join the International...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

Valentine's Day isn't particularly popular in Barcelona - the Catalans celebrate love and romance on Sant Jordi, a festival where people exchange books and roses. But if you do want to celebrate Valentine's Day with your partner, don't worry - even though Barcelona...

Which Barcelona expat tribe do you belong to?

Barcelona has one of the largest expat populations in Spain, with foreigners making up 17% of the general population. People are drawn to the city for all sorts of reasons - so which Barcelona expat tribe do you belong to? The tech-heads You've come to Barcelona to...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in February

February can be a bit of a blah month in Barcelona. Everyone is fed up with winter but summer still feels like ages away. But not to worry, there are lots of fun and free things in the calendar this month, with not one but three city festivals in February! Festes de...

How to gesture like a Spainard

Learning a language is incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it's also hard work. This week, take a break from grammar and learn these gestures instead, with no need to worry about pronunciation or conjugation - they will say it all for you! It might feel like...

Moving to Barcelona – should I learn Spanish or Catalan?

We get asked this question a lot by our students who are new to Barcelona and a bit unsure of the way that the Catalan-Spanish balance works in the city! It's a tricky one to answer, so we've put together some pros and cons of learning Spanish and learning Catalan so...