Learn Catalan

Learn Catalan

First contact Essentials

With the "First Contact" course, you will be able to use the important words and phrases of a language in less than 2 months.

This 17-part course is free.

This course has two objectives: to give you the ability to communicate in very simple situations and to prove to you that you are capable of learning a new language.

We have developed an extremely effective approach to facilitate the memorization of content: loop training combined with a spaced memory algorithm.

If you follow our plan, you can learn the basics of any language in just a few weeks.

Each lesson is divided into three steps:

  1. Exploring the content and practicing pronunciation.
  2. Listening to the content on your own to get a feel for it.
  3. Active memorization by taking tests that allow you to progress while evaluating your knowledge.

In the "Help" section you will find all the details to make the best use of our method.

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English Catalan
Hello Bon dia
Hi! Hola
Good evening Bona nit
Goodbye Adéu
Goodbye Adéu-siau
See you later Fins més tard
No No
Please! Si us plau!
Thanks Gràcies
Thanks a lot Moltes gràcies
Thank you for your help Gràcies per la seva ajuda
Don't mention it De res
Ok D'acord
How much is it? Quin preu té, si us plau?
How much is it? Què val si us plau ? / Quan costa si us plau?
Sorry! Disculpi
I don't understand No ho entenc
I get it Entesos
I don't know No ho sé
Forbidden Prohibit
Excuse me, where are the toilets? On són els lavabos, si us plau?
Happy New Year! Bon any!
Happy birthday! Per molts anys!
Happy holiday! Bones festes!
Congratulations! Felicitacions!
Vocabulaire mémorisé
Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.
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Download the sounds and print the lists

All the vocabulary of this theme

How to learn Catalan by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for instance, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun in Catalonia, Andorra or elsewhere, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Catalan while traveling?

Your next destination must fulfill your desires for culture, gastronomy and... Celebration? Discover the "Catalan Countries", their language and culture! Sublime beaches, artistic riches and gourmet gastronomy
Spoken by more than 10 million people, Catalan is one of the languages ​​of the European Union. 
One of the regions where the language is spoken is Catalonia, which has been one of the regions which make up the "Four Motors for Europe" since 1988, and is Spain's number one tourist destination thanks to the attractions of Barcelona, ​​Girona and Tarragona, to name but a few.

Visiting the region, art lovers will discover the works of important figures from the art world, including Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí. Important masterpieces of the latter can be visited in the area, such as Park Güell, Palazzo Güell, Casa Milà, the façade of the Nativity and the crypt of the Sagrada Família. 
The language will be an asset for those who want to enjoy the architectural splendor of Valencia or the charm of the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca and Ibiza, with their famous beaches, caves and festivals. 

Make a success of your stay in Catalonia

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

Coming from Vulgar Latin, Catalan is spoken in the regions of the ancient territories of Aragon, today between Spain, France, Andorra and Italy. 
Among the most remarkable phonetic features: 
The H is always silent
The M and N do not lead to a nasalization of the preceding vowel
The NY is a palatal N that is pronounced like the French GN, the Portuguese or Occitan NH, or the Castilian Ñ.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Catalan alphabet with audio.

Alphabet > Catalan

Alphabet : Catalan

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Your comments are welcome!

addae Amma Maryfrance  :  Thank you for helping me to improve my catalan speaking.
Michael :  La meva novia does not match what's written: la meva xicota
Loecsen: good point, thank you! The translation is the right one. It was the audio that was not correct. FYI: we improved all the expressions in Catalan following the recommendations of a Catalan professor at the university. The expressions you will find on this page are therefore in the most authentic Catalan possible (our first version was too influenced by Spanish - although the translators were 100% Catalan).
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