Dixie wrote:I live in Catalunya, which is a region of Spain (unfortunately for us). We have our own customs, language, history and culture, which we share with other parts of Spain such as País Valencià, Balearic Islands and some parts of the Spanish community of Aragon; besides Andorra, which is a small country in the Pyrenees where Catalan is the official language.
But, despite having our own little country inside the Spanish State, we are not free, since we officially belong to Spain. The Spanish government never took our language into consideration. The same happened with the other minor languages inside the State: Galician (spoken in Galicia) and Basque (Basque Country original language). During the 20th century, dictator Franco wanted these languages to disappear. People who were caught in the street speaking Catalan were imprisoned, or even killed.
Catalan is spoken by nearly 10 million people. However, the European Union doesn't want to consider it as an official European language.
Here are some maps of Catalunya in case you're interested: http://www.xtec.es/~aguiu1/imatges/004/p1.htm
RedRose wrote:in china, the traditional costume of woman is QiPao, which is a kind of simple skirt without sleeves. newadays, you can see this kind of costume in lots of beauty contests. why do women in beauty contests love QiPao? I guess, that is just because QiPao can make women look great and attractive. If a woman is in a great shape, then QiPao is very suitable to her, but if a woman are overweight, then QiPao will make her look terrible! many chinese girls wear red QiPao at the day when they get married, oh, the red QiPao will make her look outstanding among people.
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