It might not be the best idea to start studying Catalan when my Spanish isn't perfect yet. However, I really enjoy learning new languages and I hear people speaking Catalan wherever I go and I don't want to miss out. So I started a free course on parla.cat and I got a level A1 book from the local library. It's the perfect book for me as it tells stories from a fictional café in Raval and it even has a fake menu which is great for learning food vocabulary. Strangely enough, in the drawings (yes, the book has drawings, because no matter how old you are, if you're a beginner you get drawings) the fictional café looks a lot like one of my favourite cafés here in Barcelona, El Colectivo, in Carrer del Pintor Fortuny. Coincidence?