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Catalan Culture 2004 Class Blog

martes, noviembre 11, 2003

Assignment 2 = The difference between Catalans and Spanish.

Before coming to Barcelona a Spanish friend of mine warned me that I should be careful because Catalan people are not very friendly.

Through speaking and learning from Catalan students from English workshops I have found that this perception of Catalan people is not entirely correct.

I have found that Catalan and Spanish people are just different.

The students have said to me that catalan people like to keep themselves to themselves when there are people that they do not know very well around. It is not that they are being unfriendly, they are just more caustious. When a catalan person is your friend, you know that you can rely on them and that they will be around. The catalan students also felt that Spanish people may be more outgoing and appear to be friendlier, but at the end of the day they are like that to everyone and so will not be a friend for life after you have finished talking to them.

I find catalan people to be more reserved than Spanish, they are very aware of their culture, language and what makes catalan people so different to Spanish. They are aware of their character and proud of it and so I think that that should be respected as one of the differences. I think that this has taught me that catalan people are not being unfriendly, it is just a different way in which this culture is and I have learnt from this. I think that this could be one of the issues that tourists bring up though because they may not understand the differences and so expect all "Spanish" people to be as outgoing in all regions.

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