This time the speaking corner’s subject was bilingualism. The question was if we thought that foreign students or multinational companies would consider the use of Catalan a disadvantage for settling in Catalonia.
All attendants had a positive point of view towards bilingualism and most of them had examples in their own families, where people use both languages, Spanish and Catalan, indistinctly and without any problem. Most of them stated that Barcelona’s prestige compensates potential language difficulties for foreign university students. On the other hand, for multinational companies the use of Catalan should be only a matter of adaptation.
To sum up, everybody was happy to be bilingual and get loose equally in Spanish or in Catalan because it is an advantage in order to learn other languages and have a better communication skills.