Why not try and learn one of the world’s most unique languages? Sponsored by the Basque Instituto Etxepare, UCC offers Basque for Beginners.

Basque, also known as Euskera, is a language spoken by around 850,000 people on both sides of the western Pyrenees in Spain and France.

It is considered a language isolate, as it does not belong to any language family; nor are its origins very clear.

The first written book in Euskera was published in 1545 by Bernard Dechepare: “Lingua Vasconum Primitae”. However, Basque songs, expressions and words appear in texts in other languages dating from the tenth century.