Free Language Tasters


Fancy learning a new language? Join one of our free Language Taster Classes offered in collaboration with the Centre for Open Learning and the Confucius Institute for Scotland.



Arabic; British Sign Language; French; Gaelic; German; Japanese; Russian; and Spanish



All students at the University of Edinburgh are eligible to take part in one of these classes. They are run over six weeks each and are completely free to join. Our free Language Taster Classes are perfect if you are a complete beginner. If you already have some knowledge of the language you want to improve, they will not be suitable, why not visit one of our Tandem Language Cafes instead?



Arabic, Wednesdays, from 16 Oct 2019, 4.10-6pm, Holyrood Campus

British Sign Language, Tuesdays, from 15 Oct 2019, 2.10-4pm, Holyrood Campus

French, Mondays, from 14 Oct 2019, 4.10-6pm, Holyrood Campus

Gaelic, Thursdays, from 17 Oct 2019, 4.10-6pm. Holyrood Campus

German, Wednesdays, from 16 Oct, 2.10-4pm, Central Campus

Japanese, Fridays, from 18 Oct 2019, 2.10-4pm, Holyrood Campus

Russian, Thursdays, from 17 Oct 2019, 4.10-6pm, Holyrood Campus

Spanish, Wendesdays, from 16 Oct 2019, 4-6pm, Holyrood Campus




Click here to apply before 10 October. 





Easy Chinese


An introductory course for learners who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is designed for those who want a short focused introduction to Chinese language learning. Running for 12.5 hours over 5 weeks, this course takes learners through basic expressions needed in typical conversational situations. Pronunciation and communicative practice will be the focus of this course. By the end of the course students will have started to tune in to the sounds of Chinese language and the tones, and have learned some basic phrases used in for social interaction.


Course Content

· Pronouncing Chinese names

· Understand cultural aspects and key vocabulary on Greetings

· Daily useful expressions

· Expressing gratitude or objections

· Health Topics


Teaching Methods

The course is lively and engaging with a combination of joint class activities and group work. Supplementary material is tailored by the teacher. Students will be taught in a small group with the emphasis on the skill of social communication in Chinese. The course starts on 21 October 2019.


Click here to apply to Easy Chinese!