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    Language Lines...

    I am thinking of traveling to Spain. I speak Spanish, but not Catalan. Where does the Spanish line end, and the Catalan line begin in Spain? I know you can hear both in Barcelona, for example.

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    Spanish or Catalan?

    Spanish is Widely spoken in Spain. For example in Barcelona Majority speak Spanish and less speak Catalan. In urban areas of Spain Spanish is used and in the upper and middle class Catalan is used followed by the Lower class.

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    Re: Language Lines...

    Ahh...interesting. So I should be able to travel anywhere I wish in Spain and be able to speak the language. Isn't there another language spoken in Spain that I didn't think of...seems like I learned about it in Spanish class, but that was a long time ago.

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    Re: Language Lines...

    Don't worry... most people in Spain speak spanish Even the ones who live in Catalonia and Valencia. This shouldn't be an issue at all for you, it's not like you were trying to communicate with them using english only

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    Re: Language Lines...

    Lol...that's true. Thanks for the information, that helps me rest a bit easier. I also think I have an advantage over the average American tourist. Any advice on what to see?

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    Re: Language Lines...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lorigh View Post
    Lol...that's true. Thanks for the information, that helps me rest a bit easier. I also think I have an advantage over the average American tourist. Any advice on what to see?
    Depends on where you are going exactly Spain is a huge country, but I must say that Granada is a great place to visit. Specially if you love to visit historical places, like for example the ''Alhambra''. This place is FILLED with a lot historical places and incredible structures, it's a great destination for amateur photograpers I'm not catholic... but if you want to see a really amazing place you should really consider visiting ''the granada cathedral'', that place is mind blowing! I might be going to this place next year, my ancestors came from this place, but had to leave it after the ''expulsion''.

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    Re: Language Lines...

    Ah yes, the expulsion. Gotta love prejudice. I have also heard Gibraltar is interesting.

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    There are several other languages in Spain aside from Castilian Spanish, but as others have said you're unlikely to encounter someone who truly doesn't speak it.

    You're more likely to have trouble understanding accents, to be honest, since they vary pretty widely and can be thick in some places. (I'm a native and some of the small town mountain accents baffle me). If you're used to formal school-taught language, or a specific American variation like Mexican, then give yourself a little time and patience to catch the flow of wherever you are. It's a bit like the differences between New York, LA, and Alabama... to a non-native English speaker they can sound like different languages at first but if you slow down and listen it all comes through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlemune View Post
    There are several other languages in Spain aside from Castilian Spanish, but as others have said you're unlikely to encounter someone who truly doesn't speak it.

    You're more likely to have trouble understanding accents, to be honest, since they vary pretty widely and can be thick in some places. (I'm a native and some of the small town mountain accents baffle me). If you're used to formal school-taught language, or a specific American variation like Mexican, then give yourself a little time and patience to catch the flow of wherever you are. It's a bit like the differences between New York, LA, and Alabama... to a non-native English speaker they can sound like different languages at first but if you slow down and listen it all comes through.
    I am an ESL teacher, so I know about Spanish dialects....try understanding someone from Cuba, when you've been used to hearing Mexican dialects for the last 10 years....shew.

 

 

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