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Old March 28, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Barcelona - Spanish?

I've heard varying things about languages in Barcelona; from what I understand, Catalan is preferred, but Spanish is taught in schools. Is this right? Also:

Does anyone know any idiomatic Spanish phrases specific to the Catalan region that might be useful in traveling there?
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I've heard varying things about languages in Barcelona; from what I understand, Catalan is preferred, but Spanish is taught in schools. Is this right? Also:

Does anyone know any idiomatic Spanish phrases specific to the Catalan region that might be useful in traveling there?
Tancat means cerrado.
Sortida means salida.

When I visited, I found everyone I encountered spoke Castillian, much
the way almost everyone in Montreal speaks English. I have heard that communities outside of Barcelona are less inclined to speak Castillian.
I believe, in school, courses are taught predominantly in Catalán. Much of the language is easy to translate to Castillian.
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From what I understand, Catalan is preferred, but Spanish is taught in schools. Is this right?
Spanish is taught as a subject, but is not the vehicle of instruction for other subjects.
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Old March 29, 2012, 11:02 AM
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That might be the case in Valencia pjt, but in Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona I think you'll find almost education is conducted in catalá. In fact in all local authority business catalá is the default language unless you request castellano.
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I think you missed the word "not".
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I'm from Barcelona I'm bilingual (native spanish-catalan) and I can ensure you EVERYONE speaks spanish, and everyone will understand you if you talk in spanish to them, you don't need to learn catalan.

It would be usefull if you visit isolated towns far away from the capital, where the population is not used to speak in spanish.
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I agree with Esppiral.
There has been a pendulum swing in terms of "linguistic policy". Franco forbade the usage of Catalonian, but even in his life, Catalonian started to get used in Church and became widely used... even though it was repressed, and far from being officially promoted. When he died, after few years, Catalan was enforced all over the place in Catalunya...

My dad, (a Manchego in Barcelona for many decades) when visiting some farmer, he would tell him: "Parli, parli catalá, que l'entenc perfectament"... although these were the only Catalan words he could actually utter, with a Manchego accent beyond belief... At any rate, he understands Catalán pretty well...

When I go to Barcelona and speak catalán, I have no problem, except my occasional interjection of some English words (you know?) or some Gallicism... je ne sais quoi..., comme il faut!
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Interesting story about Catalan is my brother-in-law's father was from Barcelona and spoke both Spanish and Catalan. He told us that when he moved and immigrated to the east coast of the U.S. he got a job in an Italian restuarant. Said he could communicate with the Italians right away. They said, "look a long lost cousin." Catalan is similar to Italian, French and of course Spanish. Also there is a town on the Italian island of Sardegna that speaks Catalan. This is from the time when Sardegna was controlled by Catalan.

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That's right...
Interestingly enough, phonetically speaking Catalan or Catalonian is closer to Italian than to Spanish Castilian... (even closer to Portuguese, than to Castilian)...
It's a nice language, I love listening Radio4 (RNE).
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That's right...
Interestingly enough, phonetically speaking Catalan or Catalonian is closer to Italian than to Spanish Castilian... (even closer to Portuguese, than to Castilian)...
It's a nice language, I love listening Radio4 (RNE).
Hola Pablo. Així que parlar català molt bé aleshores? El pare del meu germà-en-llei em va ensenyar alguns català. He conegut a tota la família. Ells viuen a la Florida. Són persones molt agradables. Vostè m'entén?
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