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Spanish vs. Catalan

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Spanish vs. Catalan!!!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242


We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Spanish -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/f5ah6REtNmg
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/HS2qe2nL2Co
  3. Written: Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos y, dotados como están de razón y conciencia, deben comportarse fraternalmente los unos con los otros.

Catalan -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/nN4fDhAcGTM
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/g0OdqRdmuKI
  3. Written: Tots els éssers humans neixen lliures i iguals en dignitat i en drets. Són dotats de raó i de consciència, i han de comportar-se fraternalment els uns amb els altres.
November 28, 2017



I see you took my suggestion ;)

I personally prefer catalan all the way. I mean, they're both beautiful languages, every language is beautiful, but I still like catalan better.


Catalan. Absolutely Catalan. I cannot describe my utter indifference towards the Spanish language in words. (Note: I am a Spanish native.)


Wow, you dont like your native language and I love mine <3

So you prefer using English over Spanish, yes?


Yes. I don't get many opportunities to speak Spanish these days anyway.


Spanish. Because looks like portuguese haha.


I prefer spoken and written Catalan, but sung I like Spanish more.


I'll vote for Catalan!


I love how Catalan feels like it is right in the middle of Spanish, French and Italian. Because of being able to read those three languages, I seem to be able to read Catalan even though I am not seriously studying it. To me that makes it the most interesting Romance language..


Catalan. Freedom for consonant clusters!


Oh wow.

This is even harder than Japanese vs. Chinese.

Why have you done this to me?

Catalan wins.


Spanish is the winner! I love how it sounds <3


Catalan is an amazing language, I absolutely love it. Spanish is great and I adore it as well. I hope to be able to learn more and discover things about the Catalan language and culture.

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    Oooh, this will be a fun one!


    Spanish: I feel like Spanish has a nice flow to it, with the different vowel and consonant sounds coming together. I always have the impression that it has a drama to it, just like Italian. Catalan: It's...interesting, to say the least. I can catch some similarities with Italian in terms of emphasis. However, some people think it sounds more like Portuguese; after a few listens, I could get what they mean.

    Spanish: Catalan -- 1:0 Spoken Catalan sounds like a bunch of things, whereas Spanish is a lot more fluid and contains its own flavor.


    Spanish: I can get the vibe of the language through the song. It rolls well off the tongue. Catalan: When some people believe that it sounds like Portuguese, I tend to agree with them in terms of the singing. Maybe it's because it sounds liek how Portuguese is similar to Russian? Haha.

    Spanish: Catalan -- 1:1 I'm charmed with how Catalan is sung; why couldn't it be the same for speaking?


    My first impression is that Spanish's spelling customs seems pretty normal--and then comes Catalan and its "neixen". It's a bit strange, but also sticks out in the way "i" stick out in Ukrainian spelling. It's a bit weird, but it's also what makes it interesting.

    Spanish: Catalan -- 1:2

    I think I might have been exposed to some Spanish to the point of it being "normal"; I never really learned how to speak it, but it seemed like a cool language. Catalan, however, peaks my interest in a way.


    Oh, you're so right about the Unrainian "і"! Not to mention the apostrophes!

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