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jueves, diciembre 04, 2003

Assignment 2: What makes Catalunya different than the rest of Spain

Without any doubts the period of the Francodictatorship has left his traces behind. The Catalan people had to deal with the fact that they weren´t aloud to talk, write or publish in Catalan, to celebrate the Catalan holidays and preserve their Catalan traditions. It´s still very obvious that it effected the Catalan people. Nowadays they are aloud the live their Catalan way of life and most of the Catalan want to show that to the outside world. According to my sources and my own perceptions and interpretations, the Catalan are a very nationalistic nation, more than the Spanish wile the Catalan are saying that it is the other way around. Catalan people are hard workers, a lot of people say. I´m following a course in Catalan with almost only Catalan people and they were all sharing this opinion. We work harder, we are more ambitious and we are more aware of the situation where we are living in and the possibilities in life we have. And we have to take them and make the best of it because we know how it is to be retsricted.
Besides that you can say that Spanish people are more open to other people, more open minded and friendly and helpful than the Catalan. Next to that off course the language is different and it seems that Catalan people are more economical with money.
But…in the end I have to mention that these are stereotypes and prejudices said by Catalan or Spanish about Catalan people and Spanish people. Anyway, every person is different but it´s defenitely true that there exist a few clear differences between the Catalan nation and the Spanish nation.

Written by Randy Karssemakers

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