If you are a visitor or newcomer in Barcelona, or you simply want to make the most of your trip by talking to locals and learning the language, I advise you to create a user profile on sites like www.conversationexchange.com or www.mylanguageexchange.com, stating which your native language is and what you seek. In no time, you will get e-mails from Catalan and Spanish native speakers willing to share their time and knowledge with you.
Just like in any other big city, many newcomers in Barcelona seek the opportunity to learn and practise the local languages with native speakers. Fortunately for them, the Catalan capital is a particularly friendly one when it comes to this matter: locals love to meet new people, show them around, chat for hours over a fresh cup of coffee or while enjoying some “cañas”.
FREE LANGUAGE EXCHANGE IN BARCELONA
Finding a conversation partner in Barcelona will be relatively easy, plus he or she can also become your personal guide, but… how can you get such advantages without paying? You will need to offer your mother tongue in exchange or, in other words, help your partner learn and speak your native language too.
It is just a matter of organisation: for each hour you spend speaking Spanish or Catalan, you will spend another one speaking your own language. Or, maybe, if the local offers him or herself disinterestedly, you might agree to bear the expenses (transport and food).
In any case, people from Barcelona are generally eager to learn about foreign cultures, and the most demanded languages for conversation practice exchange are English, French, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, to mention but a few.
HOW TO FIND SPANISH AND CATALAN NATIVE SPEAKERS FOR A LANGUAGE EXCHANGE IN BARCELONA