The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers classes of Basque for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

BASQUE 401. Beginners' Basque (Spring 2019)

Why study Basque?

Basq401Basque is the only pre-Roman, non-Indo-European language in Western Europe, which makes it distinct from other European languages but at the same time, its pronunciation is easy to learn and many words are similar to English, French, and Spanish words.

The main goal of this course is to provide students with basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Basque, and to introduce them to Basque culture and history.

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Instructor: Ander Beristain


What students have to say about this course:


“I loved the use of communicative approach, even if the first day was a little confusing the teacher always found a way to get us understand while still speaking in Basque”.


“The practice conversation in class was the most valuable; the exercises with other students were great for practicing everything”


“I love learning Basque!”