Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Catalan. Català


No vaig venir aquí Catalunya perquè volia que uns polítics pugessin negar el dret de les meves filles d'aprendre l'idioma del seu patrimoni, i aquest idioma és Català.

Read from the New York Times here.  Some current news here.

I did not bring my children to this country to be denied the right to learn the language of their heritage, and that language is Catalan.


4 comments:

elpadawan said...

An issue to closely watch and follow... I recall reading in a history book about Czech Republic, how as part of the Austrian empire before WWI, the Czech were not really allowed to celebrate or maintain their arts, language, and culture. The beginning of the 20th century marked a time of renewal when Czechoslovakia rose as a nation, and language and cultures were officially "restored". Something similar may be happening here. I don't think Spain will be able to eradicate all that's Catalan from the land. They may put as many hurdles as they can, but in the end, the people will always do all they can to keep their identity...

oreneta said...

Your take on it, coming from the Czeck republc is so very valid and appropriate, it will be interesting (thinking of that fabled Chinese curse - who knows if it is actually Chinese: 'may you live in interesting times') to see how this all plays out. Hpefully peacefully, though I have my doubts about the politicians in Madrid. they seem to still think like conquistadors.

Helen said...

Wales have had Welsh language and culture repressed since the 16th century, but managed to get their own way in the 20th. It took a lot of doing though.

oreneta said...

I've been thinking about that too, and the Catalans are watching the Scots pretty closely, seeing if they can follow behind them in getting recognition within the EU.