An Indo-European language and a member of the Romance group of languages, spoken by approx. 10 million people mainly in the east of Spain (Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia), Andorra (where it is the official language), the south of France, as well as in the Sardinian city of Alguer. The closest linguistic affiliation is with Occitan.

By the 11th century the language existed in a form clearly distinguishable from Latin and the first documents written in Catalan date from the 12th century. Ramon Llull and Ausias March are the most prominent figures representing the Golden Age of Catalan literature (14th -15th c).

Today Catalan is spoken in two main mutually intelligible varieties: Western (mainly spoken in Valencia, the western part of Catalonia and the eastern fringe of Aragon) and Eastern (spoken in the rest of Catalonia, the Roussillon, the Balearic Islands and Alguer). The differences are minimal. It is spelt in the Roman alphabet.

CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Roman


Complete Catalan CAT CBEG 1; CAT CBEG 1:1-2(CD) Open Access
Colloquial Catalan: The complete course for beginners CAT CBEG 2 Open Access


Catalan Dictionary: English-Catalan, Catalan-English CAT DICO 1
Catalan : Dictionary and phrasebook CAT DICO 6
Diccionari anglès-català CAT DICO 2
Diccionari català-anglès CAT DICO 3
Diccionari Castellà-Català [1-6] CAT DICO 4
Diccionari Català - Castellà : a - campanya [7] CAT DICO 5


Honor de cavalleria CAT FILM 2(PACK)*
Stella cadente CAT FILM 1(DVD)*
La teta y la luna (The tit and the moon) SP FILM 101(DVD)*


Catalan grammar CAT GRAM 1
Verbots : Learn Catalan verbs CAT GRAM 2


Catalan : the Catalan language in education in Catalonia, Spain CAT REF 2
Sapientia aedificavit : una biografía de l'Estudi General de la Universitat de València CAT REF 1