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Barcelona tips, Language Learning
A few weeks ago, at the Brunch & Language Exchange, the typical cliché came out when someone said that in Barcelona only Catalan is spoken

That reminded me of an American guy who crossed the ocean for love and moved to a town in Lleida. Everyone there spoke only Catalan, so that was the language he learned. But after a few years, he and his girlfriend broke up, so he decided to move to Barcelona, ​​thinking that a big city always offers more opportunities. His surprise was when, he arrived in Barcelona, ​​he found that almost no one spoke Catalan; therefore, without speaking Spanish, his options for finding a job were limited.

When someone brings up this cliché, I usually ask: Where? In what part of Barcelona is Catalan the only spoken language?
Then, it usually turns out that it is not in the city, but in a town in Catalonia. Such thing has an explanation as simple as that if in towns people do not usually speak Spanish, it is because they do not need it for their everyday life. That does not mean that they do not understand it, simply that they do not practice it daily, therefore they are not fluent and do not feel comfortable speaking it.

I compare it to English. It is a language that we have studied for years in elementary school, high school, etc. But, generally, it is not a language that we use daily, all the films are dubbed into Spanish and we are not in the habit of using it at all. Then, when a foreigner asks us something on the street, we become paralyzed, we begin to sweat trying to remember what that teacher repeated to us for years and we feel as uncomfortable as those people who live in towns where Spanish is not used.

In short, languages ​​must be practiced regularly to be able to use them without even having to think, it does not matter if it is a language very similar to yours or completely different, the more you practice it, the more fluent you will be and the more comfortable you will feel speaking it.

If you also want to speak fluently in other languages ​​and have fun chatting with native speakers, follow this link.
If you are looking for a language teacher, you can find it on our website.

What about you? Do you practice regularly? Are you comfortable speaking in other languages? Share your story with us either at the ONLINE Language Exchanges, at the weekly face-to-face gatherings or at the Brunch & Language Exchange on Sunday, May 30th. And if you want to see your story published, you can send it to us at info@speakquick.es 

Big hug,
Aina
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Barcelona tips, Special Dates
Christmas is coming and the anxiety for the chase of gifts grows.
Don’t worry, Barcelona offers you the solution.
As every year, Santa Lucia’s Christmas market will open its doors and you will find curious and unique ideas for your gifts.
The market, with 232 years of life, is a mandatory place to feel the typical Catalan Christmas atmosphere, with its handcrafted decorations, jewelery and handmade accessories.
It is common for the inhabitants of Barcelona to buy figures for the nativity scene and nougats for their Christmas festivities.
This year the market will start on November 30th and will end on December 23th and as always will be on the Avinguda de la Catedral, to fill your Christmas with magic.
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Barcelona tips
Off the metro line 4 and up the hill are the historic Bunkers del Carmel, a great place to check out a full view of Barcelona-without the tourist crowds. On the weekends there are still quite a lot of people but it is definitely off the beaten path!
Go there during the day for a picnic, during the evening to watch the sunset or at night for the views (with a few drinks in tow!)

How to get there: There are a couple of ways to get to the bunkers.
If you take the bus, take the N17 from the Jaume 1 metro station. It takes longer to get there, but the walk is shorter (total time is about 50 minutes from Jaume 1 metro station).
The other option is the metro (and the only option if you stay later than the buses run). Take the Line 4 metro (yellow line) to the stop Alfons X. From there, it is a bit of a walk up the hill (about 1.6 km!), so be prepared (total time about 45 minutes from Jaume 1 metro station).
Of course, you can drive there if you have a car!

Bring your camera/phone and your friends and enjoy the view!

by Lyndee Johnson
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