MORE ENGLISH LINKS
I have just added two english links series to this blog. The first one displays a list of English Language media published or broadcasted in Catalonia (or the Catalan Countries if you prefer). As you can see Barcelona and Costa Blanca are the areas with a higher number of such media. The second one includes the english version of a few catalan public institutions websites. Andorra is also incorporated in this second list. Unfortunately there is no english version for Perpinyà city, nor Eastern Pyrenees General Council, nor Llenguadoc-Rosselló Region websites.
I think this kind of press deserves to be studied carefully, because once you read it, you can find astonishing opinions, particularly about Catalan Nationalism, Catalan Language, and so on. Also some "typical Spanish" features are predicated as the quintaessential catalan idyosincratic way of being.
I know that we must not blame those contributor's ignorance only. We must blame also to our rulers, because they have not implemented worldwide media campaigns to export our Catalan values, way of life, cultural and linguistic identity. They would rather prefer to be under Made in Spain umbrella... you know: flamenco, bullfighting, sun, beautiful black-eyed ladies à la Carmen, Guardia Civil with tricornio, and all this kitsch shit.
However, I'm certain that average smart people coming from abroad will be aware in just a matter of hours, may be minutes, that Catalonia, and Catalan people do not match with all stereotypes about our western neighbours. Those who fail, deserve to be considered a kind of Borat replicants.
It is well established that English proficiency is one of the most relevant shortcomings over here. I have a theory about that. I think that, contrary to other European peoples, not a few number of Catalans believe (or someone has make them believe) that if they speak Spanish that's enough to travel around the World. And that's not true.
In fact, from my point of view, the oppressive presence of Spanish Language in our everyday life, difficults the consolidation of the English proficiency by catalan students and workforce. It is crystal-clear that English, not Spanish, is the current lingua franca of globalization. May be in the following decades it will be replaced by Chinese, but not right now. So if we want to be competitive, we must be able to speak, read, write, in sum work, in a standard English or better.
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