Is Occitan closer to French or Spanish?
If by French, you mean the nowadays language spoken of France, Catalan is closer to Spanish. Catalan is said to have links with the occitan languages of Southern France, but there is no unanimously. If by French, you mean the nowadays language spoken of France, Catalan is closer to Spanish.
Can you live in Barcelona without speaking Spanish?
It is possible to live in Barcelona and not speak a word of Spanish, but aside from being cuturally indolent, you’ll find it means being labelled as a guiri (a disparaging term for foreigners). One of the Romantic languages, Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn and its poetic rewards are infinite.
Is Catalan older than Spanish?
Catalan is not, as some believe, a dialect of Spanish, but a language that developed independently out of the vulgar Latin spoken by the Romans who colonised the Tarragona area. Variants of Catalan are spoken in Valencia and the Balearics, which were taken back from the Moors in the 13th century.
Are Catalans French?
Catalan is sometimes more similar to French than Spanish However, despite mostly being spoken in present-day Spain, Catalan actually shares many more similarities with the language of neighbouring France.
Do colleges care if your bilingual?
Studies have shown bilingual students perform better in school and tend to be effective problem solvers [source: Center for Applied Linguistics]. Furthermore, numerous studies show a positive correlation between learning a second language and college admissions test scores.
What language is closest to Catalan?
Do colleges look at clubs?
Your extracurricular involvement is one of the few ways that colleges can gain insights into your personality. Because extracurriculars can take a lot of time—and because your time in high school is precious—you’ll want to be strategic about which clubs to join.
Is Madrid or Barcelona safer?
Both are actually very safe cities. But both have pickpockets. Same as any major touristy destination in Europe. As said above, Barcelona receives more tourists, and some areas can get very crowded.