Barcelona remains one of the most valued destinations for expats and the city’s lively expat scene is a daily reminder for that. For a language enthusiast, it might be considered an especially attractive destination since the city itself is largely bilingual – Spanish and Catalan exist parallelly and are often heard together. Luckily, there are also other options for practicing different languages in Barcelona.
While Barcelona Languages & Friends pulls together several specialised events in their calendar, the Friday’s Language Exchange group organises one universal event that unites people practicing different languages. If the more than 4,500 members of the group are any indication, this must be the most popular single language exchange event in Barcelona.
The event takes place in central Barcelona, in a bar in the Barcelona França railway station on Av. Marquès de l’Argentera s/n. The bar where the meetup takes place is on the right-hand side when walking into the train station. Since there is usually a big group of people attending this event, finding the right place should not be difficult.
The closest metro station to the França station is Barceloneta.
As the name of the event would suggest, it takes place on a Friday. Actually, you can take part in the language exchange every Friday – the official starting time is 8pm and it should last until 12am but, since the meetup takes place in a bar, longer nights have been known to happen.
This is one of the biggest and most popular events for practicing language skills in Barcelona. It usually brings together more than 20 people for any single event and, perhaps best of all, there is no participation fee – you are only responsible for buying anything you might want in the bar where the event is held.
Photo credit: The Friday’s Language Exchange Meetup page.