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Catalan vs. Spanish

1 Comment 22 January 2011

Catalan vs. Spanish

Spanish is the official language of Spain and Catalan is the co-official language of Catalonia, where Barcelona is the capital .  . . so which language to learn?

It depends on why you are in Barcelona.

What is the difference between Catalan and Spanish?
They are indeed two different languages. Some people would say that Catalan is more similar to Italian or Portuguese than Spanish. Below are examples of basic Spanish and Catalan phrases, illustrating how the two languages can be different and alike.

Visiting Barcelona
Most signs and menus are in both Catalan and Spanish. If you don´t already speak Spanish, it is good to learn some basic Spanish phrases to help you get around the city. Knowing some basic Catalan phrases will be useful as well and will earn you extra points with the locals.

Studying in Barcelona
If you are studying at a university in Barcelona, some classes may be taught in Catalan and some in Spanish. Therefore, the ability to understand both languages will be crucial, although you may not be required to write or speak in both.

Working in Barcelona
A company´s headquarters location, product/service and target demographic are key factors that help determine the official language of a company. Generally, local companies would require a native or high level of Catalan, whereas companies with a branch office in Barcelona (but headquarters outside of Catalonia) would require a native or high level of Spanish and possibly another European or international language.

All in All
If you plan to live or spend an extended period of time in Barcelona, learning Catalan will go a long way in many respects and free basic Catalan courses are available. However, keep in mind that Spanish is spoken by the majority of the population in Barcelona, but not all Spaniards living in Barcelona speak Catalan, especially if they are from outside of Catalonia.

Basic Spanish Phrases
Hello / Hola
Goodbye / Adiós
Please / Por favor
Thank you / Gracias
You´re welcome / De nada
Yes / Sí
No / No
How are you? / ¿Comó estás?
How´s it going? / ¿Qué tal?
What time is it? / ¿Qué hora es?
How much is it? / ¿Cuánto es?

Basic Catalan Phrases
Hello / Hola
Goodbye / Adeu
Please / Si us plau
Thank you / Gracies
You´re welcome / De res
Yes / Sí
No / No
How are you? / Com estàs?
How´s it going? / Com va?
What time is it? / Quina hora és?
How much is it? / Quant és?

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