93.8% of the citizens of Catalonia understand Catalan, the official language along with Spanish and Aranese. To these nearly seven million people that understand Catalan, we can add those from other territories where it is used as the everyday language, particularly the Valencian Community (where it is called ‘Valencià’), the Balearic Islands and part of Aragon, the Franja de Ponent (Western Strip). It is the only official language in Andorra and its use extends to the south of France and the city of Alghero, Sardinia. As a result, it is calculated that there are a total of nine million people that speak Catalan and 11 million that understand it. It is therefore situated ahead of 14 official languages of the European Union and it is the ninth most spoken language.
Catalan is the common language used at school and its use is standardising the media, financial world and cultural productions. A survey carried out by the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (IDESCAT) in 2007 indicated that three out of four residents in Catalonia can speak and write Catalan. With regard to Spanish, nearly all citizens understand (98.9%) and speak it (96.4%).
Catalan was established between the 8th and 10th Centuries as an evolution of Latin, as were Spanish, French, Italian and the other Romance languages. Every year, 10,000 titles are edited in Catalan, which is the tenth most translated language in the world and taught in 166 universities.
LEARN CATALAN ONLINE
This virtual learning space offers a wide range of teaching materials for learning Catalan.
The website is available in Catalan, Spanish, French, English and German.
Parla.cat is broken down into four learning levels: basic, elementary, intermediate and sufficiency, with each level in turn divided into three courses.
Courses are offered in two learning modes, open and with tutors. If you select the open mode, you will have access to materials and can learn completely independently. However, if you prefer the mode with tutors, which entails a charge, you will have the support of a tutor. The tutorial mode is managed by the Consortium for Language Normalization and Ramon Llull Institute. Furthermore, the Parla.cat portal has a space where you can interact with others.