Around Edinburgh

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The following is intended as a guide to some of the language opportunities in and around Edinburgh. Listing does not imply endorsement. Email us if you have a group we can include.

Languages classes

All Languages
Languages For All : Short courses in a wide choice of languages for adult learners at the University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh City Council adult education : Adult learning from Edinburgh City Council, including language courses
Edinburgh College language courses : Modern languages for adult learners from Edinburgh College

Saturday school at Leith Academy from ages 4 to 19. Email for more details:

Alba Cathay Chinese school Saturday morning Chinese classes based in Boroughmuir High School
Edinburgh Chinese Community School Saturday afternoon classes based in Liberton High School

Edinburgh Persian School Children’s classes on Saturdays at Bruntsfield Primary School

La Petite École d’Edimbourg  Classes for children of French speaking parents, run by parent volunteers.
Mini French Variety of children’s classes from babies to Primary 2.

Edinburgh City Council Gaelic Education: Primary & Secondary Gaelic medium education in Edinburgh

Allemann Fun: Saturday school for German speaking families, based in James Gillespie high school.
Universe of language : Private company offering language lessons in German, mainly for children and offering immersion sessions for toddlers and preschoolers.

Edinburgh Hellenic School of St. Andrew, Edinburgh: Greek language courses for adults and children

Drummond Community High School Mondays 16:45 – 18:45
Baxter Park in Dundee Saturdays 10 – 11

Lusofonias – Oficinas de Português Children’s classes in The Old School House (Free church of Scotland), Morningside Road, Saturdays 11.00 – 13.00 during term time

Lorne Primary School Children’s classes, Wednesdays 15:30-17:30 and Thursdays 15:30-17:30.

Russian School in Edinburgh: Russian classes for children aged 2-14

Aula en Edimburgo Spanish Courses: Various levels in Tollcross Community Centre

Royal High Primary School Children’s classes, Tuesdays 15:15 – 17:15 during term time
Tyne Castle High School Children’s classes, Fridays 13:30 – 15:30 during term time

Community groups and playgroups

Les Petiots d’Edimbourgh Organises events and activities for families bringing up children in French and English around Edinburgh

Deutschsprachige Spielgruppe : Monthly playgroup run by German parents

Brasil-Caledonia: Monthly meetings with activities for bilingual children

Asociación Española Alba – Saturday playgroup and other activities

Conversation and meetup groups

All Languages
Yakety yak language cafe Small group conversation in choice of languages – various days and locations
Boda bar language cafe Language exchange, Monday evenings on Leith walk

Chinese Meetup Group: For Chinese-English language exchange (free)

Dutch Meetup Group: for Dutch expats and those wanting to learn Dutch (free)

German Meetup Group: for Germans and German speaking people (free)

Italian Meetup Group: for Italian speakers and those wanting to learn (free)

Japanese Meetup Group: for those interested in Japanese culture and language (free)

Spanish Meetup Group: for native Spanish speakers or advanced learners (free)
Edinburgh Spanish Circle: informal meetings for Spanish speakers and learners

Cultural resources and language networks

Edinburgh libraries: Books and films in a range of languages in libraries throughout Edinburgh
Multi-Cultural Family Base: Voluntary organisation providing flexible and personalised services to children, young people and their families
Pregnancy and parents centre in Edinburgh: (formerly Birth Resource Centre) provides support before and after childbirth. Includes international parents group.

Danish-Scottish Society: Network of Danish speakers in Scotland
Danish Cultural Institute: Promotes cultural exchange between Denmark and Scotland

French Institute in Scotland: Promotes cultural exchange; also provides French language classes
le Petit Monde: French-English Puppet theatre and story books for young children
Theatre Sans Accents: French and English bilingual theatre workshops for adults and children

German Church in Edinburgh: German speaking congregation of Edinburgh and Aberdeen

Greek Orthodox Church in Edinburgh

Italian Cultural Institute: Promoting cultural exchange; also provides language classes

Scottish Polish Cultural Association: Website for Polish People in Edinburgh
Association for the Promotion of Polish Language Abroad: Promoting the Polish language in Scotland
Polish language campaign: Polish language information on bilingualism