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Which Way?—Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city with two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Both languages are used with Catalan the primary language in schools and offices. Road signs and other notices are usually bilingual.

Catalan is not a dialect of Spanish, which is often assumed by non-residents. Catalan is a Romance language dating to the 8th and 9th centuries .

Franco, the military dictator, banned the use of Catalan from 1939 to 1975, during which time, even telephone calls had to be in Spanish.

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