Catalan Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Catalan which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Catalan Classes.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Catalan. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, Catalan, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in Catalan

Questions Catalan
Why?Per què?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Catalan sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Catalan Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Puc vindre?
Can I help you?Et puc ajudar?
Can you help me?Em pot ajudar?
Do you know her?La coneixes?
Do you speak English?Parles anglès?
How difficult is it?Com és de difícil?
How far is this?Com queda de lluny?
How much is this?Quant val això?
How would you like to pay?Com t'agradaria pagar?
What is this called?Com es diu?
What is your name?Com et dius?
What time is it?Quina hora és?
When can we meet?Quan ens podem veure?
Where do you live?On vius?
Who is knocking at the door?Qui està picant a la porta?
Why is it expensive?Per què es car?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Catalan, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Catalan

Misunderstanding Catalan
Can you repeat?Pots repetir-ho?
Can you speak slowly?Pots parlar a poc a poc?
Did you understand what I said?Vas entendre el que vaig dir?
Don't worry!No et preocupis!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Perdoni
How do you say "OK" in French?Com es diu ""d'acord"" en francés?
I don't know!No ho sé!
I don't understand!No entenc
I need to practice my FrenchNecessito practicar el meu francès
Is that right?És correcte?
Is that wrong?És incorrecte?
My French is badEl meu francès és dolent
No problem!Cap problema!
SlowlyA poc a poc
Sorry (to apologize)Ho sento
To speakParlar
What does that word mean in English?Què vol dir aquesta paraula en anglès?
What is this?Què és això?
What should I say?Què hauria de dir?
What's that called in French?Com es diu en francès?
Write it down please!Anota-ho, si us plau!


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Daily Conversation in Catalan

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Catalan Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Catalan

English Catalan
In The MorningAl matí
In the eveningAl vespre
At NightA la nit
Really!De veritat!
Hurry up!Afana't!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Catalan about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Catalan Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Catalan homepage.

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