Catalonia inspires Poland

During my last trip to Poland and bearing in mind my nationality, I’ve noticed the Catalan presence in Marie Curie’s country. There’s the old classic: people speaking Catalan in every city. We’re a few millions, but we travel a lot. Anyway, after running into a Catalan family in Reykjavik, a couple of Catalans in Polish…

Go compare Christmas

When you celebrate Christmas in a different country go compare! That’s what happens when a Catalan spends his Christmas holiday in England. 24th Dec. In both England and Catalonia the birth of Jesus is celebrated at midnight in churches by fewer people every time. I guess that the most important thing is the expectation for…

Saint George’s Day: books, roses and lies

I happened to post on Saint Valentine’s Day and Saint George’s Day by chance. And it seems we have another episode of the Anglo-Catalan culture. Catalan people have our version of Saint George’s legend by Jacobus de Voragine. We say that the dragon’s blood turned into a beautiful rose Saint George gave the princess. On…

Some good news about Catalan in the world

This week begun with two pieces of news which ennoble the Catalan language. I’m not keen on journalism, but sometimes it makes me happy. Google says Catalan is one of the ten most active languages in the world (Directe.cat) Google highlights the presence of Catalan on the Internet in relation to its number of speakers.…

Father Christmas doesn’t exist; folders do

Christmas is almost over. Yesterday it was a special gift day in Spain and today we’re supposed to enjoy our presents. But you know I don’t really fancy them. Even though, I have to fight four magic gift phenomena. These phenomena are: the Three Wise Men from the East, Father Christmas, Olentzero and Tió. The…

Size doesn’t matter, it’s cultural

We will have the Catalan elections in six days and there’s a huge discussion about language, culture, immigration and independence on the street. Few days ago something related to all this happened to me; something that happens more often than I can stand ― which is not too much, to be true. Last week I…

Joan Solà i Cortassa

Last night Joan Solà, philologist and linguist who received the Honour Prize of the Catalan Language Arts, died last night. Since 1965 he was a teacher at the Universitat de Barcelona and other institutions. All his students I meet some time praise him and are thankful for having had the chance to learn from him.…