14 USEFUL CATALAN WORDS & PHRASES FOR EXPATS IN BARCELONA
Knowing the local language is a huge advantage when relocating abroad. Although many people speak English in Barcelona and even if you can speak Spanish fairly well, you’ll definitely want to add these Catalan words and phrases to your vocabulary to really impress the locals in Barcelona.
Catalans view their culture, their heritage and especially their language, as entirely unique to that of the rest of Spain. Here are some essential Catalan words and phrases that will help you in your day-to-day life in Barcelona.
Catalàn vs. Castellano
In Barcelona, 98% of the population speaks Castilian Spanish (Castellano). Around 50-60% of Barcelona’s total population speaks Catalàn.
As the region of Catalonia has two official languages, you’ll find that signs and other important public information are always provided in both languages.
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Food & drink
One final word you may see or hear a lot as an expat in Spain is the word ‘Guiri’. This is a colloquial Spanish word used to describe foreign tourists, particularly from countries in Northern and Western Europe.