A look at Catalonia’s most colourful colloquialisms to stop you getting lost in translation next time you roam beyond the Ramblas in Barcelona. Are you baffled by the bar-room chit-chat every time you head off the tourist trail in Catalonia?
Don’t worry, your Spanish is (probably) fine. What you’re hearing is Catalan, the co-official language spoken by around ten million people in this part of the world.
While it’s perfectly possible to navigate the souvenir shops armed only with a Spanish phrasebook, and to chat to bilingual barcelonins exclusively incastellano, your visit to Catalonia will be deeply enriched by knowing a few phrases in the local lingo.