‘No fotis!’ – Catalan-English slang dictionary

PONS Idiomas. No fotis! Barcelona: Difusión Centro de Investigación y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2010. ‘It includes words that don’t appear in conventional dictionaries or textbooks, because they’re taboo, politically incorrect or recently invented.’ Indeed, No fotis! is a Catalan-English and English-Catalan bilingual dictionary of slang and vulgar speech. It’s good that someone takes their time…

TE13: A brief start in London

Yes, there’s going to be a post for every country in my tour; I’m sorry. On the other side, you won’t be bothered with absurd or personal details — although some might like the latter, gossip lovers. Only the most relevant facts — according to me, not necessarily to you — are to be mentioned.…

Masterquímica: where chemistry and Catalan meet

Masterquímica (which would be Masterchemistry) is an event to popularize chemistry in Catalan. It’s been its seventh edition this year, starting last Wednesday and finishing today. In this familiar congress, a score of master’s students of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Universitat de Barcelona have shown the results of our scientific research on a poster which…

Language incompetences

This week Catalan kids’ basic competences are being tested in schools. But maybe they should stop wasting the kids’ learning time and control grown-ups’ competences instead. Administratively and officially Catalans live in Spain. Ideologies aside, this is a fact. But it is also a fact that Catalan is an official language in here too. Then,…

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.…