Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Spanish

by David

Liz tagged me with an eight random things about you meme, and since you are probably more interested in the Spanish language than in David, that’s what I’ll focus on.

So here you go. Five* random things that you might not have known about Spanish or related to Spanish in some way.


Ávila city walls, in León y CastillaCastillian, an alternative term for the Spanish language, traces its roots back to the Kingdom of Castile in the Iberian peninsula, where a dialect of Latin grew in importance and became the language of government and trade in the region.


Equatorial GuineaSince 1844, Spanish has been one of the official languages of tiny Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony in Central Africa. The majority of the population speaks Spanish.


The Lighthouse at MelillaCueta and Melilla are two cities on the northern coast of Africa that are part of Spain. Although Morocco claims these two enclaves, as well as some of Spain’s Mediterranean islands such as the uninhabited Isla Perejil, these claims are rejected by both Spain and the inhabitants of the areas. Cueta and Melilla are the only European territories in mainland Africa.


La ReconquistaLadino is a modern romance language based on old Castillian Spanish. Ladino conserves some phonetic features of 15th-century Castillian and is also highly influenced by Hebrew, Turkish, French and Greek. Ladino is spoken mainly by Sephardic Jews that were driven from Spain during the Reconquista that ended in 1492. Currently, most Sephardic, Ladino-speaking Jews live or lived in parts of Greece, Turkey, Israel, France, Brazil and other areas.


The Rock of GibraltarLlanito is a English-Spanish creole spoken by the inhabitants of the British territory of Gibraltar, near the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula. Residents often code-switch between Spanish and English, being fluent in both. There are also many words that are not part of either English or Spanish, but are used in Gibraltar.

*You might have noticed that I’m not to good at following directions, so I gave you five things instead of eight. Here’s the rules of the meme:

Share eight random facts about yourself, pick eight bloggers to keep the meme going, tell the eight bloggers that you tagged them, and of course include these rules in your post.

Since I broke the first rule, I’ll break the second and only tag 5 others. So… Osman, Zach, MissProfe, Aaron and Simon, you’re it.

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27.Aug.2007 - 9:15 pm

I sure didn’t know any of those. 🙂 I looked up Ladino on Wikipedia and it sounds cool, especially since I think some of my great great grandparents or something were Sephardic Jews from Spain. Maybe they spoke that! I’d love to hear what it sounds like — and Llatino, too.

28.Aug.2007 - 12:28 am

Yes, I’d love to take a vacation to the Rock of Gibraltar for a couple of weeks and try to learn to speak like the locals. It would also be a lot of fun to find a Ladino speaking community and see if knowledge of modern Spanish would help me understand them.

28.Aug.2007 - 9:35 am

Hei there David.

I came via Liz’s. Interesting facets on the Spanish language indeed.

I have heard Ladino spoken many a time and found it quite okay to follow what was said after a while.

Also, been in Gibraltar and it is an interesting way how they use words and the languages of English and Spanish.

In case if you wonder if I am fluent in Spanish – the answer is No! But I have an avid ‘ear’ for languages and it is very easy for me to learn new languages, normally, I may add.

Will have a look at more of the stuff here in your excellent page. Rii 🙂

30.Aug.2007 - 11:38 am

Again, a nice article. Thanks for the blog.

30.Aug.2007 - 1:47 pm

Interesting stuff Riihele, I’d love to hear some Ladino being spoken– you wouldn’t happen to have a recording of some sitting around would you? He he.

03.Sep.2007 - 9:42 pm

I’ll consider myself tagged; I’ve done this one. Thank you for thinking of me.
BTW: A nice twist on the meme. However, I would like to learn eight things about you.:)

07.Sep.2007 - 5:49 pm

Sorry, I didn’t realize you’d already done this meme. Also, maybe I’ll post 8 things about me later. When I can think of interesting things. 🙂

11.Mar.2009 - 2:40 am

If I may add. The Philippines, a former colony of Spain, is named after Spanish king, Felipe II. There is a local dialect called chavacano, which is a mixed Castillan Language with some Malay influences. In Filipino, Spanish Language is called Kastila.

There is also a term for creole or mix people in Philippines, they are called mestiza. They often relate to people with mix Filipino & Spanish blood.


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