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Basic Words and Phrases in Catalan

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About Catalan

Catalan is a Romance language spoken mainly in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain, as well as parts of France, the Balearic Islands and Valencia. It is also used by Catalan-speaking communities around the world. Catalan is of Vulgar Latin origin and shares similarities with other Romance languages ​​such as Spanish, French and Italian. It has its own unique grammar and vocabulary. Catalan uses the Latin alphabet with some additional characters and diacritics. It has a rich literary tradition that is an integral part of Catalan culture and identity and strives to preserve and promote the language.

Basic Words and Phrases

Learning a foreign language opens up a world of opportunities, allowing you to connect with people from different cultures and expand your horizons. Whether you're planning a trip or simply curious about a new language, mastering some basic words and phrases is a great place to start.

Yes
No
No
Please
Per favor
Yes, please
Si, si us plau
No, thank you
No, gràcies
Thanks
Gràcies
Thank you
Gràcies
Thank you very much
Moltes gràcies
You're welcome
Benvingut
No problem
Cap problema
Excuse me
Perdó
I’m sorry
Ho sento
Sorry
Ho sento
Cheers!
Salut!
Okay
D'acord

Greetings

Greetings are an essential part of any language. Saying "hello" and "goodbye" can create an instant connection with native speakers. In many languages, "hello" is a universal term, but learning the specific greeting for the language you're interested in can show respect and appreciation. Similarly, learning how to say "goodbye" will help you leave a positive impression.

Hi
Hola
Hello
Hola
Good morning
Bon dia
Good afternoon
Bona tarda
Good evening
Bona tarda
Good night
Bona nit
Goodbye
Adéu
See you later!
Fins després!
Have a nice day!
Que tinguis un bon dia!
Bye
Adéu

Conversations

Next, let's explore basic conversation starters. Asking "how are you?" or "what's your name?" in another language is a friendly way to engage with others. These simple phrases can pave the way for more meaningful conversations and help you build rapport.

How are you?
Com està (vostè)? (frm)
Com estàs? (inf)
I'm fine
Estic bé
Good, thank you!
Bé, gràcies!
And you?
I tu?
Nice to meet you!
Encantada de coneixe't! (f)
Encantat de conèixer-te! (m)
Pleased to meet you!
Plaer de coneixe't!
What is your name?
Com es diu (vostè)? (frm)
Com et dius? (inf)
My name is …
Em dic ...
Where are you from?
D'on ets?
I am from …
Jo sóc de...
I don't speak Catalan
No parlo català
Do you speak English?
Parles anglès? (frm)
Parles anglès? (inf)
I understand
Entenc
I do not understand
No ho entenc
I like it
M'agrada
I don't like it
No m'agrada
How is the weather today?
Com és el temps avui?
Can you recommend any local attractions?
Pots recomanar algunes atraccions locals?

Hotel

When staying at a hotel in a foreign country, it's helpful to be familiar with some phrases that can assist you during your stay. Here are a few key phrases you can use in a hotel.

Hotel
Hotel
Reception
Recepció
Reservation
Reserva
Hotel room
Habitació d'hotel
Key
Clau
Breakfast
Esmorzar
I have a reservation
Tinc una reserva
I would like to book a room
Voldria reservar una habitació
Do you have any rooms available?
Teniu habitacions disponibles?

Restaurant

When dining at restaurants in a foreign country, it's helpful to know phrases that can assist you during your meal. Being able to request a table, order food and drinks, and ask for the bill are important for a pleasant dining experience.

Restaurant
Restaurant
Menu
Menú
A table for one, please
Una taula per a una persona, si us plau
A table for two, please
Una taula per a dues persones, si us plau
I would like a coffee, please
Voldria un cafè, si us plau
Enjoy your meal!
Bon profit!
Can I have the bill, please?
Em pot portar el compte, si us plau?
Can you bring me the bill, please?
Em pot portar el compte, si us plau?
I would like to pay, please
Voldria pagar, si us plau
The bill, please
El compte, si us plau
Can I pay with cash?
Puc pagar en efectiu?
Can I pay with card?
Puc pagar amb targeta?
Can I pay with credit card?
Puc pagar amb targeta de crèdit?
Could you suggest something for me?
Em podríeu suggerir alguna cosa?
Can I have a glass of water, please?
Em pots posar un got d'aigua, si us plau?
Do you have any local specialties?
Teniu alguna especialitat local?

Food and drinks

Being able to order food and drinks, ask for recommendations, and express preferences or dietary restrictions will enhance your dining experience and allow you to explore the local cuisine.

Breakfast
Esmorzar
Lunch
Dinar
Dinner
Sopar
Food
Menjar
Drinks
Begudes
Bread
Pa
Sandwich
Entrepà
Cheese
Formatge
Meat
Carn
Fish
Peix
Vegetables
Verdures
Fruit
Fruita
Vegetarian
Vegetarià
I am a vegetarian
Sóc vegetarian
Coffee
Cafè
Tea
Beer
Cervesa
Wine
Vi
Juice
Suc
Water
Aigua
Milk
Llet
Dessert
Postres
Salad
Amanida
Soup
Sopa

Places and Services

Just like how saying hello helps you connect with others, exploring phrases related to locations and services can greatly enhance your travel experience. Whether you're looking for important places like banks or post offices, these expressions can open up doors to immersing yourself in the local culture.

ATM
Caixer automàtic
Bank
Banc
Beach
Platja
Library
Biblioteca
Park
Parc
Pharmacy
Farmàcia
Post Office
Oficina de correus
Tourist Information
Informació turística
Museum
Museu

Shopping

Knowing how to ask for the price, request a different size or color, or simply say "I'm just looking" can be useful when shopping in local markets or stores.

Store
Botiga
Supermarket
Supermercat
Grocery store
Botiga d'aliments
Market
Mercat
Bakery
Fleca
Bookstore
Llibreria
How much does this cost?
Quant costa això?
Can I get a receipt?
Puc tenir un rebut?
I'm just looking
Només estic mirant
Sunglasses
Ulleres de sol
Umbrella
Paraigua

Directions

Learning phrases related to asking for directions, understanding common landmarks, and getting around the city will help you navigate unfamiliar places with ease.

Where is the toilet?
On és el lavabo?
Where is the beach?
On és la platja?
How do I get to the airport?
Com puc arribar a l'aeroport?
Left
Esquerra
Right
Dreta
Straight ahead
Tot recte
Is it far from here?
És lluny d'aquí?
Can you show it on the map?
Pots mostrar-ho al mapa?
How long does it take to walk there?
Quánt temps es tarda a peu?

Transport

Familiarizing yourself with phrases for using public transportation, such as asking for a ticket, stating your destination, or inquiring about schedules, will make your travel experience smoother and more efficient.

Airport
Aeroport
Plane
Avió
Train station
Estació de tren
Train
Tren
Bus station
Parada d'autobús
Bus
Autobús
Taxi
Taxi
Ticket
Bitllet
Can I get a ticket to Barcelona?
Puc comprar un bitllet per a Barcelona?
I would like a ticket to Barcelona
Voldria un bitllet a Barcelona
I need a ticket to Barcelona
Necessito un bitllet per a Barcelona
A ticket to Barcelona, please
Un bitllet per a Barcelona, si us plau
What time is the next train to Barcelona?
A quina hora és el pròxim tren cap a Barcelona?
When is the next train to Barcelona?
Quan és el pròxim tren cap a Barcelona?
When does the next train to Barcelona leave?
Quan surt el proper tren cap a Barcelona

Emergencies

When you're in a different country, it's really important to be aware of emergency phrases such as 'help,' 'hospital,' and 'police.' Using expressions like 'emergency' and 'I need help' can help you overcome language barriers and make sure you're ready for any unexpected situations that might occur. Having a good grasp of these phrases will help keep you safe and give you peace of mind while traveling.

Help!
Ajuda!
Help me!
Ajuda'm!
I need help
Necessito ajuda
I need assistance
Necessito assistència
I need a doctor
Necessito un metge
Police
Policia
Police Station
Comissaria de policia
Hospital
Hospital
Ambulance
Ambulància
Doctor
Metge
Fire department
Bombers
Fire!
Foc!

Time

Effortlessly asking and telling the time enhances your travel experience, from coordinating schedules to catching transportation, adding a valuable layer to your linguistic toolkit for effective communication during your stay.

What time is it?
Quina hora és?
It is one o'clock
És la una
It is half past two
Són les dues i mitja
Morning
Matí
Afternoon
Tarda
Evening
Vespre
Night
Nit
Today
Avui
Tomorrow
Demà
Yesterday
Ahir

Numbers

Learning numbers is essential for tasks like counting, ordering quantities, or understanding prices.

Zero
Zero
One
Un
Two
Dos
Three
Tres
Four
Quatre
Five
Cinc
Six
Sis
Seven
Set
Eight
Vuit
Nine
Nou
Ten
Deu
Eleven
Onze
Twelve
Dotze
Thirteen
Tretze
Fourteen
Catorze
Fifteen
Quinze
Sixteen
Setze
Seventeen
Disset
Eighteen
Divuit anys
Nineteen
Dinou
Twenty
Vint
Twenty-one
Vint-i-u
Twenty-two
Vint-i-dos
Twenty-three
Vint-i-tres
Twenty-four
Vint-i-quatre
Twenty-five
Vint-i-cinc
Twenty-six
Vint-i-sis
Twenty-seven
Vint-i-set
Twenty-eight
Vint-i-vuit
Twenty-nine
Vint-i-nou
Thirty
Trenta
Forty
Quaranta
Fifty
Cinquanta
Sixty
Seixanta
Seventy
Setanta
Eighty
Vuitanta
Ninety
Noranta
Hundred
Cent
Two hundred
Dos-cents
One thousand
Mil
Two thousand
Dos mil
Three thousand
Tres mil
Hundred thousand
Cent mil
Million
Mil·lió

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers play a crucial role in conveying sequence and order. Whether you're navigating travel itineraries, selecting seats, or exploring historical sites, understanding expressions like 'first,' 'second,' and so on is essential.

First
Primer
Second
Segon
Third
Tercer
Fourth
Quart
Fifth
Cinquè
Sixth
Sisè
Seventh
Setè
Eighth
Vuitè
Ninth
Novè
Tenth
Desè
Eleventh
Onzè
Twelfth
Dotzè
Thirteenth
Tretzè
Fourteenth
Catorzè
Fifteenth
Quinzè
Sixteenth
Setzè
Seventeenth
Dissetè
Eighteenth
Divuitè
Nineteenth
Dinouè
Twentieth
Vintè

Days of the week

Knowing the names of the days of the week will help you schedule activities, make appointments, or plan your itinerary.

Monday
Dilluns
Tuesday
Dimarts
Wednesday
Dimecres
Thursday
Dijous
Friday
Divendres
Saturday
Dissabte
Sunday
Diumenge

Months

Being familiar with the names of the months will allow you to discuss dates, make reservations, or talk about specific time frames.

January
Gener
February
Febrer
March
Març
April
Abril
May
Maig
June
Juny
July
Juliol
August
Agost
September
Setembre
Oktober
Octubre
November
Novembre
December
Desembre

Question Words

Understanding basic question words like who, what, where, when, why, and how will enable you to ask for information or clarification in various situations.

What?
Què?
What do you need?
Què necessites?
What do you like?
Què t'agrada?
Where?
On?
Where is the toilet?
On és el lavabo?
When?
Quan?
When is the next train?
Quan és el pròxim tren?
When can we meet?
Quan podem quedar-nos?
Why?
Per què?
Why is it expensive?
Per què és car?
How?
Com?
How would you like to pay?
Com voldries pagar?
Which?
Quin? (m)
Quina? (f)
Which museum did you visit?
Quin museu has visitat?
Which museums did you visit?
Quins museus has visitat?
Which one of these is your car?
Quin d'aquests és el teu cotxe?
Who?
Qui?
Who is that?
Qui és aquest
Who is your travel companion?
Qui és el teu company de viatge?
Whose?
De qui?
Whose phone is ringing?
De qui és el telèfon que sona?
Whose bag is this?
De qui és aquesta bossa?
How many?
Quant/es?
How many people were at the concert?
Quantes persones hi havia al concert?
How much?
Quant?
How much does this cost?
Quant costa això?

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Abbreviations used

infInformal
frmFormal
fFeminine
mMasculine
sgSingular
plPlural

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