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Catalan (Cataluña/Catalunya), Aragonese, Castillan, and Central American Spanish?

Hi:

In June I traveled to Barcelona for awhile, and the Tour Guide said that people there consider themselves not to be "Españoles", but "Catalán" and that their want over there, like Quebec, to be independent from Spain completely. After a day in Barcelona, the difference between Catalan and Spanish struck me greatly. Catalan seemed like Spench or Frenish (French-Spanish), judging from the first few words I saw.

Ex: Spanish: Bienvenidos French: Bienvenue Catalan: Benvingut

So I'm wondering: Could I learn Spanish dialects like Catalan or Aragonese very quickly with just knowledge of Spanish, or would it require the same amount of effort to learning a new language, without any background knowledge?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Aragonese and Catalan are not dialects. They are languages that require the same effort to learn as Spanish. :)

4 years ago

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Oh, OK. Thanks for the help. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Oy, lo siento. I didn't see the first part of your question. Aragonese and Catalan both have similarities with Spanish, but Aragonese and Catalan are more similar to each other than to Spanish.

4 years ago

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I believe Catalan does share a lot of words with French and Spanish (That is in fact why I chose them as my first two languages) however it is a separate language and has many words that aren't shared with either so I would think it will still take quite a bit of effort. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that it'll show up here on duolingo one day. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ArchDuke55

Crossing my fingers :P Thanks for the help

4 years ago

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I think someone who learns Spanish will be able to learn Catala pretty easily. I know when I read sentances in Catala I understand the majority of it and can figure out on my own what I don't. With your knowledge of Spanish you'll be able to learn Catala I think fairly easy. Once most people get over that mountain of learning one language other ones become easier. Catala is a Latin language

There are many that speak Catala in Catalonia but they no longer teach it in schools. I believe that was a decision made last year to not teach Catala in schools. Not just in Catalonia but all of Spain.

4 years ago