Around Edinburgh

The following is intended as a guide to some of the language opportunities in and around Edinburgh. Listing does not imply endorsement.

Languages classes

Languages For All : 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

Universe of language : Private company offering language lessons in German, French, Italian, Spanish, and English for non-native speakers of English (EFL)

Chinese
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

Dutch
Juf Annelies in Schotland Dutch language lessons from a certified Dutch primary school teacher

Farsi
Bruntsfield Primary School Children’s classes, Saturdays 9:30 – 12:30 during term time

French
Mini French Variety of children’s classes from babies to Primary 2.

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

German
Allemann Fun: Saturday school for German speaking families, based in James Gillespie high school.

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

Polish
Drummond Community High School Mondays 16:45 – 18:45

Portuguese
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

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

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

French

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

Portuguese
Brasil-Caledonia: Monthly meetings with activities for bilingual children

Spanish
Asociación Española Alba – Saturday playgroup and other activities

Conversation and meetup groups

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

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

French
French Meetup Group: for French speakers and learners (free)

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

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

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

Spanish
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
Danish-Scottish Society: Network of Danish speakers in Scotland

Danish Cultural Institute: Promotes cultural exchange between Denmark and Scotland

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

Greek
Greek Orthodox Church in Edinburgh

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

Polish
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