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Catalan Culture 2004 Class Blog

martes, octubre 21, 2003

Assignment 3

I thought this assignment wasn´t that hard, but the opposite appeared to me as well. First I asked the concierge of our appartment building. Unfortunately he didn´t speak any English and he spoke Spanish to fats for me to understand. But letting him write down the differences helped. He said that Catalunya is richer than the rest of Spain, more prosperity, more employment, but therefore also more expensive. During the ´50 and ´70 many people moved to Catalunya because of this prosperity.

When I went to shop in our street, they weren´t so willingly to help. They couldn´t or didn´t want to give me any information.

A women in the street could only tell me the differences of the typical food, the language and the Catalan people who want to be independant of Spain. So there was no new news for me.

Last week I talked with some girls from my English Workshop class. They also mentioned the gastronomie and language. They said that in Catalunya they always say ´la´in front of a name, like ´la Maria´, instead of ´Maria´in Spanish. Furthermore they told me that Catalan people are very carefull with their money. You might say they are a bit miserly. A typical Catalan sentence they told me is´la pela es la pela´(money is money).

Looking forward to read other stories,


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