Do you live in Ibiza? Do you plan to come to live on the island? In any case, we are going to give you some advice: Learn Catalan! Its official language along with Spanish.
Know Catalan in Ibiza it is not essential, but yes it will open many doors for you, especially if you are looking for work on the island. In the field of Administration, for example, it is usually an essential requirement.
Be careful, don't think that not knowing Catalan will be a huge handicap for you. You will not have any problem when communicating with others. However, we already know that "knowledge does not occupy place" and, therefore, it will be a magnificent advantage. Studying Catalan will allow you expand knowledge, complete your curriculum and know and respect the cultural richness of the island.
Specifically Ibiza is spoken in Ibiza, a dialect of Catalan that differs from the latter in some verb forms or part of the lexicon, among other aspects. It is a language that descends from Latin and it will be easier for you if you already speak Spanish or French.
If you have decided learn Catalan in Ibiza, you should know that you have a good number of options like the ones we detail below:
EOI (IBIZA AND FORMENTERA LANGUAGE SCHOOL)
The EOI offers six-level Catalan courses in Ibiza. The prices are quite attractive and they will offer you different schedules. Of course, you will have to pay attention to the registration period, which is usually in July and September.
In addition, surely you can join groups of "conversation" (conversation).
En on the web you will find all the information.
CEPA PITIÜSES (CENTER D'EDUCACIÓ DE PERSONES ADULTES)
If you are of legal age, you can sign up for the Catalan classes offered by the adult school. The prices are quite affordable and you will also have to register within a period of time.
For more details, visit their página web.
IEE (INSTITUT D'ESTUDIS EIVISSENCS)
At l'Institut d'Estudis Eivissencs they organize courses for newcomers who want to begin to familiarize themselves with the language.
Likewise, if you already have a little knowledge of Catalan, you can participate in its “Linguistic Volunteering”. You just have to sign up by filling out a form that you will find on their website and start practicing to acquire greater fluency.
CATALÀ CENTER TO EIVISSA
At the Center de Català you can learn the language flexibly and on your own. Here you will find all kinds of teaching materials and conversation groups, and registration remains open all year!
Plus, they now offer their services virtually!
INSTITUT D'ESTUDIS BALEÀRICS
On the website of the Àrea de Llengua of the Balearic Government you will find resources for learning Catalan and the latest news on this subject.
You can also check the dates of official exams in case you want to take the exam to obtain your certificate.
AJUNTAMENTS D'EIVISSA AND CONSELL INSULAR
In the Town Halls of the municipalities of Ibiza and in the same Consell they usually offer free Catalan courses during the year.
To find out, you can check their web pages or welcometoibiza.com, since we usually publish them all!
SAL (IBIZA CITY COUNCIL LINGUISTIC ADVISORY SERVICE)
Here they will offer you information about courses and resources to learn Catalan. Besides, it has a document translation and correction service and they will keep you up to date on grants and standardization campaigns.
Of course, there are a good number of academies that offer private classes of different levels. Take a look at the offer and go ahead and learn this beautiful language!
P.S: Do not forget that the dates of the official exams of the Balearic Government are always published in the BOIB!