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Bad language! PDF
Friday, 21 January 2011 10:00

The news that interpreters are being employed in the Spanish parliament to translate proceedings in Spain’s minority languages into Castilian Spanish prompts me to ask: What is going on?

There are five official languages in Spain: castellano, catalan, euskara (Basque), gallego and valenciano.  Senators in the upper house of parliament can choose to debate in any of these languages which are routinely interpreted into castellano at a cost of €12,000 (£10,000) for each day of debating, according to Spanish media.

But isn’t this a colossal waste of public money? After all, every senator understands and speaks castellano perfectly well. Surely a case of regionalism gone mad in these hard economic times!

© Paul Whitelock

For the full story, by Giles Tremlett of the Guardian, click here.

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A1 SpanishLife: Spanish language

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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