Catalan Language Course
Catalan Language Lessons
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The new format of the Catalan language course will be available soon. In the meantime, please visit the Catalan Tutorial.
Written by Jonathan Maynard
Catalan, a Gallo-Romance language spoken with a population of about 11.5 million people, can be heard in Spain (Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, La Franja in Aragon, Carche in Murcia), France (Pyrénées-Orientales), and Italy (City of Alghero on Sardinia). Also, Catalan is the official language of the Principality of Andorra. Being at the geographic center of the Romance-speaking western Mediterranean, Catalan acts as a bridge between many of its sister Romance languages by displaying phenomena that occur in French but not Italian, or in Portuguese but not Spanish, etc. (with the exception of Romanian).
As for the tutorials offered here, I will cover the Central Catalan accent in its standard variety, as that is the most often heard abroad since it’s spoken in the symbolic capital of the Catalan-speaking world: Barcelona. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of media in Catalan, being based in Barcelona, is thus in the Central accent. You may see in places that “Valencian” is a separate language but it is largely considered by linguists to be a dialect of Catalan, though with somewhat significant differences in pronunciations and aspects of morphology such as verb conjugations. Nonetheless, speakers of various Catalan dialects, like those who speak various dialects of English can still understand each other perfectly.
If you are learning more than one Romance language, check out Romance Languages. These comparative vocabulary lists and verb conjugations include English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and we hope to add Catalan soon.
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