Things Catalan, Barcelona

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    by b1bob Written Mar 2, 2003

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    Catalunya is the state Barcelona is in. Despite the repression during the 36-year Franco regime of all local dialects and cultures, Catalán as a language made a come back on the dictator's timely death and the Catalán flags started flying again.

    Catalunya flag

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    Newspapers and Media

    by tino_world Updated Jan 18, 2003

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    The main newspaper in Barcelona are La Vanguardia, El Pais and El Periodico in Spanish. They are also Catalan newspaper, such as Avui and the Catalan version of el Periodico. The newspaper costs around 1 Euro, but on Sundays and when there is a special supplement the price can rise to 2 Euro or more. You can find daily newspapers from around the world at most centrally located newspaper kiosks.

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    for some bizarre reason,...

    by donal Written Sep 7, 2002

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    for some bizarre reason, barcelona, one of the coolest cities in the world always finds itself looking to london for approval. as a result people speaking english are very well treated in barcelona, by the young at any rate. people will give you a chance and listen to when you speak english, even if they're trying to chuck you out!
    barcelonans are catalan people not spanish, remember that, not that they'll let u forget!

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    by Yosemite_44 Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Barcelona is located in the province of Cataluña/Catalunya and both Spanish and Catalan are spoken. People generally feel Catalan not Spanish (during Barcelona - Real Madrid in 2002 there was a giant banner in the stadium that read: Cataluña is not Spain) and a lot of things tend to be written in Catalan: menus and information signs for example. Both usually there is a Spanish version too. It is often appreciated if you say ´Adeu´ (a-DE-u) when you leave (instead of ´Adios´).

    The Catalan language was more similar to me to French and Latin than to Spanish. You can often identify it by endings like -tat, -its, -oa and -ou.

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    Photo: Catalonian's Region...

    by Sergioalc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Photo: Catalonian's Region Flag 'La senyera'. There are many differences between the regions in Spain. In Catalonia, there are two official languages: Spanish and Catalonian. Catalonian is spoken by more than 7 million people (more than Danish, Norwish Finish...!), and is a very beautiful language. People in Barcelona and in the rest of catalonia is nice and open-minded and will help you if you have any problem, so don't worry! ;·)

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    People in Barcelona are proud...

    by CptKangaroo Written Aug 26, 2002

    People in Barcelona are proud Catalans. Don't call them spanish. No one will beat you for doing so, but they be much more friendly if you recognize their cultural identity. Pick up a few catalan phrases and things will be much nicer.

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    Another very 'Catalan' thing...

    by JaumeBCN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Another very 'Catalan' thing is the 'Gegants' (Giants): Great figures representing most of the time kings & queens. They are also present in major Catalan town local parties. Barcelona's Giants are called Jaume (like me !) and Violant. Giants come out on local patron parties to dance and walking around the streets.

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    by ssanzm1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You have to Know that Barcelona isn't Spain. It's Catalonia and we don't speak spanish, we speak catalan, we make things
    different of spain.. if you find Toros and Sevillanas Barcelona isn't your city! But you can find Castellers(human towers), good gastronomy and other culturals topics

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    by eden_teuling Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    you need money or just need a BANK....

    In every country these Public Services have different colours, now you know that like a bull you have to go for red.......hahaha


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