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What is Catalan?

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What is Catalan? Is it a variation of Spanish, or just very similar to the language? If I started learning it, would it interfere with my current study of Spanish?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/magiaaron
magiaaron
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Català is the language of one of the most vibrant and wealthy parts of Spain. Catalan is 100% its own language just as much as "Spanish" or French is. Like its brother languages, it is a direct descendant of Latin and has similarities to both French and Spanish.

It has suffered a number of hardships. During Franco's time, for example, Catalan was outlawed and not allowed to be used (with the goal of uniting Spain under one language). Now, it is an official language in the Catalonian region of Spain.

As you may have noticed on the news, there is quite a bit of national pride (referring to Catalonia as a country) in the Catalan-speaking region of Spain. They recently held a non-legal/non-official vote to see what the support was for an independent Catalonia separate from Spain. There was and is quite a lot of support for that in the region.

Will it interfere with you learning Spanish? Probably. I would definitely recommend that you develop a solid base in one language before beginning to learn another. Luca does a good job summarizing that difficulty in this blog post: http://www.thepolyglotdream.com/learning-more-than-one-language-at-the-same-time/

Good luck in your studies!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_language It's a separate language. It is very similar to Spanish, but it is closer to French,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cswrawr
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It's a seperate language from Spanish however it shares some similar vocabulary to Spanish and French, so depending how long you've studied Spanish it might.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT
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It's its own language, with similarities to Spanish. Primarily spoken in Catalonia (which includes Barcelona) Catalan has an estimate of 7-12 million speakers. With influences from French, Spanish, Italian and many other languages it is a very beautiful language. It is also spoken in Valencia (in which it is called Valencian, which is arguably its own language. I hope it comes on to Duolingo soon, it's so beautiful and has a rich history.

It might affect your Spanish, but I'm not sure.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
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Awesome! Thanks guys, I think I will stay away from it for now, so as not to confuse myself any further. I like how both of you have French and Spanish as your two main study interests. Catalan, anyone?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien
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I'd grab it in a second if Duolingo offered it! (Valencia is on my shortlist for Spanish immersion locations, though I still need to figure out to what extent Catalán is used in the city itself. If it's too much, I'd stay away.)

It's not a priority for me, but I do think it's really pretty. I did try it briefly on Memrise, but the courses there are a bit too slow paced for me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cyneburg
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Catala is similar to Spanish. It might interfere with learning Spanish. I'm a fan of Barcelona Football Club and they post things in Catala, Spanish, and English. I'll read the Catala and mostly understand what is being said.

Catala is the official language of Andorra.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tmarvin
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While I probably shouldn't say this since I don't know any Catalan, I would guess that the differences between it and Spanish are very roughly comparable to the differences between Spanish and Portuguese. I read -- I don't want to say speak -- both, and yes, I have gotten confused.

When thinking in either Spanish or Portuguese I have a tendency to slur the languages together and use the shortest word in either. In the great scheme of things this doesn't impede my reading or writing in both languages, and will probably be solved once I actually log some Portuguese immersion time. But be aware that, if you are learning Spanish and French, learning Catalan could cause some confusion, particularly when speaking.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danaibalt

IF you're already confident with your french and your spanish, catalá shouldnt be that difficult to grasp. But beware because its very similar to them (as aware as you are when learning languages from a similar family basically)

3 years ago