[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yx3qeNwWyk] Aranese, a form of Gascon, which is a form of Occitan, is a Romance language spoken in northeastern Spain, southwestern France and a town in Sardinia. A good backgrounder about Catalan is my previous post on the language. In this video, the announcer speaks 100 Occitan sounds pretty strange to me. It sounds something like a cross between French and Spanish, but sometimes it also sounds like Portuguese or Italian. It’s said that Spanish speakers can understand Catalan. That’s not the case. I understand Spanish fairly well, and I could not really follow what this guy was saying. If you speak Spanish, Portuguese or another Romance language, check out the video and see how much you can understand of Occitan.
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