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Iker Garcia (PhD, Philosophy) is a MA candidate in Spanish at the U of I. In Fall 2014 he will be instructor of Catalan 401.

Why Study Catalan?

You can visit Barcelona!

Catalonia -Turistic Information:

All About Spain


Institutions -Universities

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Catalonia Open University)

Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (Catalonia International University)

Universitat Ramón Llull




Catalan is a Romance language spoken in the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and the Valencian Community, as well as in adjoining parts of France, Andorra, and the city of Alghero (Sardinia, Italy). A 2011 census indicates that 7.2 million people are native speakers of Catalan; according to other polls around 10 million people actively speak Catalan, and 12 million understand it. 

According to a poll conducted by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalan ranks in the 88th place of languages spoken in the world.

Catalan entry in WikipediaCataloniaVotes, EthnologeOmniglot  

Catalonia entry in WikipediaCataloniaVotes, Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana

Online Resources

Catalan at UIUC - - The website for the Catalan class offered at the U of I!                               It includes syllabus, class materials, and a comprehensive collection of materials created by past UIUC Catalan instructors Romà Rofes and Marianna Nadeu (Gràcies!)

Intercat - - A collection of materials for students in mobility programmes visiting Catalan universities; created by the Departament d'Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Also check out: Intercat: 80 Tips to Enjoy your Stay in Catalonia 

Parla Cat - - Website for online learning created by the Secretaria de Política Lingüística de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Vivim Junts! -Materials for learning Catalan (mostly illustrated cards with vocabulary) (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Recursos Lingüístics en Línea -Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Racó Català: Llegeix, Pensa, Opina -Internet Forum for Debate


Col.lectiu Emma

Social Media: Catalan Language in Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr

Mediterranean Studies - A Libguide from the International and Area Studies Library that's dedicated to the study of the Mediterranean


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Books in the Library


Catalan and Internet (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Fundació Punt Cat -Non for profit, nonpolitical holder of the .cat Internet domain (the domain for websites in Catalan) -According to this website, 50.000 websites have officially opened in the .cat Internet domain (as of May 2011)

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