A guide to La Diada

If you're new in Barcelona, you might be wondering why all the shops are closed today. The 11th of September is La Diada, a date celebrated across Catalunya. It commemorates a battle at the end of the Spanish War of Succession, which was fought between Archduke...

Five free things to do in Barcelona in September

The holidays are over for most people, but that doesn't mean September has to be all work and no play! Check out our list of five free things to do in the city this month - perfect if you're feeling the post-holiday pinch! Love Come Down The Love Come Down DJs are...

The ten most important English phrases to know when travelling

The holidays are coming up! Even if you're not travelling to an English speaking country, English is the lingua franca across the world and people who work in airports, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions usually speak English. With that in mind, we've put...

Four free things to do in Barcelona in August

August is the month of holidays, but there's still lots to do if you're staying in town for the summer. Check out our pick of four free events happening this month! Barcelona Vegan Fair This monthly vegan fair hosts stalls selling natural cosmetics and toiletries,...

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...