The best beaches near Barcelona

Barcelona has been voted the best beach city in the world, and it's amazing to live somewhere you can pop down to the beach for a swim after work! But at the weekend it's nice to escape the crowds of Barceloneta and head for a quieter beach. Luckily, there are loads...

What’s the most embarrassing Spanish mistake you’ve made?

Making mistakes is one of the inevitable side effects of studying another language. False friends are one of the biggest pitfalls, but there's also those moments where you haven't understood the question properly, or you've got two similar words confused. Even though...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in July

Summer is in full swing, and in Barcelona that means there are tons of cool events on that are absolutely free! We've rounded up our pick for this month, so get your diary out! Cinema Lliure a la Platja  There's a international programme of films on throughout July,...

Celebrating Pride in Barcelona

Every year since 2008 Barcelona has hosted one of the most popular Pride celebrations in Europe, attracting over 250,000 attendees every year from all over the world. The 9th edition of Barcelona Pride has a whole host of wonderful events programmed over the next...

How to celebrate Sant Joan in Barcelona

The 24th of June is the birthday of St John the Baptist, and as such is widely celebrated in lots of Catholic countries. It coincides with the older, pagan tradition of celebrating the summer solstice, and in Catalunya it is known as Nit de Foc - "night of fire". A...

Five tips to learn Spanish – fast!

Learning a foreign language can be a long and frustrating progress, and it can be easy to get discouraged along the way. But you can make the process a little easier with our top tips for speeding up your language learning. Enroll in a language class  It might seem...

Four free things to do in Barcelona in June

Summer in Barcelona is one of our favourite seasons - the time of terrace tapas, festa majors, film festivals and lots of other cool events! Read on for our pick of free events this month, and don't forget your sunscreen! Support a good cause at Summer Sants System...

Our favourite Spanish recipes

Sharing meals is an important part of Spanish culture and Spanish cuisine is world famous. At Languages4Life we have monthly tapas lunches where students and teachers bring their own version of tapas dishes, and we also run a tortilla competition every term which is...

The five best Netflix shows to improve your Spanish

Hitting the grammar books isn't the only way to learn a language - you can build it into your leisure time as well! Netflix has some great Spanish shows on at the moment. Watching TV in another language is challenging, but luckily all their shows come with subtitles...

Temps de Flors in Girona: the prettiest festival of primavera

We're only a couple of days away from the start of the one of the most picturesque festivals in Catalunya - Girona's Temps de Flora festival. First celebrated in 1954, the flower festival has been celebrated annually since 1956, with visitors coming from all over the...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in May

Festival season is beginning, and you can still have fun even if you've missed out on Primavera Sound tickets! We have the details of three free festivals happening in and around Barcelona this month, along with some other fun events!  Drink'n'Draw  This massively...

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 nerve-wracking at the best of times, and many people...