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Beverly, if you're interested in learning a little of the Catalan language, there is a book from Hodder and Stoughton in the "Teach Yourself" series called "Teach Yourself Catalan." It's by Alan Yates, and I would imagine it will have to be special ordered. My edition was published in 1975, and I don't know whether it's still in print. One thing, though: Yates (and probably Catalan natives) would quite likely take exception to the characterization of Catalan as a "dialect of Spanish." It is related to Spanish, but it is no more a dialect of Spanish than Dutch is a dialect of German. Yates says that "more people speak Catalan than speak Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Irish, or Albanian." And good luck on your trip!