Language and Culture

The Costa Brava region has two official languages, Catalan and Spanish, which both stem from Latin.

It should be noted that Catalan is not a Spanish dialect and this can be quite a sensitive issue for the Catalans.

Catalonia, who has more than 1000 years of history have left an important mark on the people, who are very proud of their origins and of being Catalan. The inhabitants of the Costa Brava are descendants from those who enjoyed prosperous years in the Middle Ages and many of them suffered years of oppression even in the middle of the last century.

Not many people know that one of the oldest Parliaments in the world is the Catalan Parliament. This is what Mr. Pau Casals told the audience at the Assembly of the United Nations in 1971, before performing his marvellous piece  "El Cant dels Ocells" (the Song of the Birds).

Today Catalonia has four provinces: Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida and Girona. Throughout the years this Nation in the Spanish State has been a welcoming land and the Catalans are more than happy to receive tourists from all over the world.

The Catalan people enjoy showing off their gems from the ancient past, as well as offering visitors enjoyable things to do and see.

Do you want to feel more integrated and start practising the language?

A few words of Catalan and Spanish may be helpful...

English Catalan Spanish
Hello Hola Hola
Goodbye Adéu Adiós
Please Per favor Por favor
Thanks Gràcies Gracias
Thank you very much Moltes gràcies Muchas gracias
Good morning Bon dia Buenos días
Good afternoon Bona tarda Buenas tardes
Good evening Bona nit Buenas noches
Yesterday Ahir Ayer
Today Avui Hoy
Tomorrow Demà Mañana
Good Bien
Bad Malament Mal
Monday Dilluns Lunes
Tuesday Dimarts Martes
Wednesday Dimecres Miércoles
Thursday Dijous Jueves
Friday Divendres Viernes
Saturday Dissabte Sábado
Sunday Diumenge Domingo
Day Dia Día
Week Setmana Semana
Month Mes Mes
Year Any Año
Open Obert Abierto
Closed Tancat Cerrado
Room Habitació Habitación
Bed Llit Cama
Kitchen Cuina Cocina
Bath Bany Baño
Waiter Cambrer Camarero
Breakfast Esmorzar Desayuno
Lunch Dinar Comida
Dinner Sopar Cena
How much Quant Cuanto
Much Molt Mucho
Little Poc Poco
How expensive Quant val Qué vale
The Bill El compte La cuenta
Cheap Barat Barato
Expensive Car Caro
Pharmacist Farmàcia Farmacia
Market Mercat Mercado
Post office Correus Correos
Stamp Segell Sello
Help Ajut Ayuda
Bread Pa Pan
Water Aigua Agua
Beer Cervesa Cerveza
Wine Vi Vino

 

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