How and when
I learned Catalan at a time in my life when I didn’t have as much time as before because of my job, and I had realized that I had lost my German almost completely, so I decided to start again learning languages. I decided to start with Catalan because I already spoke Spanish, Italian and French, so I could already understand roughly the news on the Internet, and also because at that time I wanted to read the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the Catalan writer, and so I read “The Shadow of the Wind” and his other books in Catalan.
I did not find many books about Catalan, but the truth is that I did not have to study it for long, because of course, just reading news and books, and listening to Radio Catalunya, and watching TV3, day after day it became very easy to begin to understand this language and even start to speak it.
For me it has always been very interesting to speak Catalan and see the surprise in the eyes of Catalans when they realize that I speak it, the truth is no one expects that. I speak Catalan whenever I can, but I do not have many opportunities to do so, which is a shame because I love the whole Catalan culture, and in particular I love Barcelona, which I think is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
I have been in Barcelona 4-5 times and I always try to go back, because with its history and architecture, but above with its culture and its proud spirit it is always a city where I feel very at ease.
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