Although Catalan is a relatively little-known language, it is said to be the eighth-most spoken language in the European Union, with a similar number of speakers to Swedish, Greek and Portuguese. Descended from Latin, like many Romance languages, it is mainly spoken in Catalonia, but is also used in the Balearic Islands, Andorra, Roussillon in south-east France and parts of Sardinia.
As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe both to visit and to inhabit. With the magic of Gaudi around every corner and a beach just moments from the centre of the city it is not surprising that so many people want to live there, ever if it’s just for a year or two. If you are intending to move or visit then it is always worth knowing some Catalan to ingratiate yourself with the locals.