Language Courses in Edinburgh
With its great food, stunning views and relaxed lifestyle, Edinburgh is one of the best places in the world to live, especially if you want to experience international languages and traditions. As Scotland's second-most populous city (with over 500,000 residents), Edinburgh thrives for its economy and cultural opportunities. Furthermore, with an impressive 16% of foreign-born residents, it has one of the most diverse populations in the country: there are high concentrations of Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, German and French people living in the city, and that’s just the start. Each of the city’s many ethnic communities brought with them their language, their cultural influence and businesses which feed the economy and employ local residents. In fact, you can find hundreds of themed restaurants and shops around the city. So, start learning a new language and you will be able to connect with these communities on a deeper level while gaining insights about their traditions and beliefs. Contact us at Language Trainers to learn at a time and place convenient to you!
Where to Study Foreign Languages in Edinburgh: At the heart of Edinburgh lies world-class universities and colleges where you can study the language of your choosing. For example, the University of Edinburgh offers BA programmes with majors in Asian, Celtic and Scottish or Islamic Studies, European Languages and Cultures and Translation Studies. Alternatively, this establishment offers more than 20 language course options as well, from Chinese or Arabic to Scottish Gaelic or Swahili. All these programmes place a focus on communication and the cultures of the target language. You can also study at Heriot-Watt University, an institution that focuses on teaching languages for business, including French, German, Spanish, British Sign Language and Chinese. But if you are not looking to pursue higher education, you can take up a language course at a school in Edinburgh. One of them is Language Trainers, where we focus on your convenience. Our tutors are expert language instructors, passionate about teaching how to communicate in your chosen language while becoming a global citizen. Just contact us and we will prepare a tailor-made course that suits your needs and preferences.
Where to Practise Foreign Languages in Edinburgh: After taking some lessons with us, you will be ready to start putting your skills into play in real-life environments. For example, you can join the Language and Culture International, a group for like-minded people who are looking to practise different languages. They welcome anyone with an interest in learning about other cultures and traditions, whether they are locals or expats who come to Edinburgh to work or study. They usually meet in a private space dedicated to discussion and watching films. So, you will not only improve your speaking skills but also you will take your listening skills and vocabulary to the next level by watching great movies in their original language. Another option is the Edinburgh Language Exchange Meetup, which promotes language learning through social interactions. Join their weekly meetings and have a friendly chat in a bar or go on a walking trip around the magical city of Edinburgh. Whether you are new to the language or have been studying for a long time, you are welcome to join. And though they do not have any requirements for level and age, they recommend that participants have at least a basic understanding of their chosen language. So, contact us at Language Trainers and we will help make sure you are capable of attending and have something to say!
Language Jobs in Edinburgh: Social opportunities aside, studying languages in Edinburgh can also open up a world of possibilities for your career. Edinburgh has the strongest economy of any city in the UK (outside London) and the Financial Times named it the best city for direct foreign investment in 2015. This is evident in the number of international companies that have established headquarters in the city, such as Skyscanner, Baillie Gifford and Blue Branch Marketing. These businesses are expanding into overseas markets, such as China and the Arab World, and so they are always looking for bilingual speakers to assist their overseas operations. Broaden your professional horizons by learning a new language like Mandarin or Arabic and give your CV the boost it needs. Meanwhile, those who already have a business and want to expand into other markets can get in touch with the dozens of chambers of commerce based in the city. These institutions have been offering information and resources for years to those who want to establish their business in another country. Take advantage of their networking events to establish long-lasting business relations using your newly-acquired language skills.
Using Language to Experience Culture in Edinburgh: Are you looking for opportunities to deepen your knowledge about other people’s traditions and values? Don’t worry, Edinburgh is such a diverse city that you will never run short of opportunities to get to know new cultures. Since 1947, the city has been an international focal point for the arts during the Edinburgh International Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Enjoy the best ballet, music, films and art expositions from all over the world! Also, if you are studying Korean, you can join the annual Fringe Festival, an event where you can enjoy the best of Korean culture, including K-pop! Or, if you are learning Italian and love cinema, you should attend the annual Italian Film Festival. There, you can watch an impressive selection of classic and contemporary movies screened in Italian and put your listening skills to use. If you are looking for more cultural events to enjoy all year long, check out Visit Scotland’s website to find out more.
Knowing foreign languages today is crucial in our ever-globalising world. So, we try to promote bilingualism with our language courses. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied and used the language for several years, contact us at Language Trainers. We can prepare courses in any language of your choosing that truly suit your preferences and requirements. Our staff is passionate about teaching languages and will help you achieve fluency in a short time. Contact us and you can have your lessons at home, your office or in a public place of your choosing, like the Central Library on George IV Bridge, Levels Cafe and Lounge on Holyrood Rd or Lowdon Coffee on George St.
Our teachers are based all around the country, so you can book lessons with us regardless of your location. Reach out to us even if you are not living in Edinburgh’s city centre. For instance, we can come to Dundee, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Aberdeen and more.
Have you studied your desired language before? Great, just take a few minutes to complete the appropriate free language level test, so we can understand your current skill level. Then, we can offer you a course option that suits your ability!
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