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I'll be in Barcelona for 3-4 days this November, and I don't speak one word of Catalan. I've gone through previous threads and they say that most Barcelonians speak Spanish (Castillian) either as a first or second language, and that communicating in Spanish or English will be fine; in some cases, it's even preferable than speaking in Catalan. Nonetheless, I've learned that, as a general rule, it's a good thing to learn basic pleasantries in the local language. The stock list of words/phrases that I learn are the following:

Hello
Goodbye
Good morning/afternoon/night
Yes
No
Please
Thank you
Where is the bathroom
English please, I don't speak <language>

Is it worth it to learn these basic words and phrases in Catalan, or just stick with Spanish? Am I asking for trouble/embarassment if I walk into a store, say the Catalan equivalent of "Good morning" and then give the storekeeper a blank look when he or she responds?

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