Funny things about Spain

Posted by sue on January 1st, 2007

“Tortilla” is offered on many menus, but it is a potato frittata (potato and egg), not a corn- or flour-based flatbread which forms the basis of all Mexican food. Weird.

“Gracias” (thank you) is pronounced “grathias” and “once” (eleven) is pronounced “on-thay,” etc. Spanish in Spain sounds positively lispy compared to the Mexican Spanish we’re used to hearing.

Spanish food goes a little heavy on ham. My classmate at ALIF, Cat, is Jewish but nevertheless loves ham (and loves Spain)—she says that when the Christian Spaniards threw out all the Jews and Muslims back in 1492 they wanted to make sure they didn’t come back, so they started putting ham in all their food. Even their potato chips were ham-flavored.

4 Responses to “Funny things about Spain”

  1. Sean Says:

    Chips A’Goy!

  2. Cathy Says:

    Some fun info from my Spanish phrase book…”According to popular legend, one of the Spanish kings – some say Felipe IV, others Ferdinand I – had a slight speech impediment. Unable to pronounce the sound s properly, he lisped his way through conversation. In an epic act of flattery, the intire court, and eventually all of Spain, mimicked his lisp. Tis story provides a colourful explanation as to why Spaniards pronounce the word cerveza as ther-ver-tha, while the Latin Americans continue to pronoumce it ser-ve-sa.

    It so happens, the story of the lisping king is a myth. After all, only the letters c and z are pronounced th (when they precede an i or an e), while the letter s remains the same as in English. The reason for this selectiveness is due to the way Spanish eveloved from Latin and has nothing to do with lisping monarchs at all.” From Lonely Planet Spanish

  3. Jeanene Says:

    The lisping is also handy because you can tell how the word is spelled (s, c or z) by the way it is pronounced. Also, you may have noticed that each region in Spain has a different accent in Spanish; some are slow others fast, the mixture of Basque and Catalan also affect the way words are pronounced. The Spaniards also use the “vosotros” for you (plural) vs. in Mexico where we use “ustedes”. Slang usage and word pronunciation has many hues in each Spanish speaking country, similar to the English Scotts or Welsh speak vs. the English accents – even American and Australian! Did you try the fabada, or serrano ham croquets? Spaniards also make good rice combinations!

    I spent New Year Eve at Disneyland which is a “once in a lifetime” occasion because you don’t want to it that more than once in your life.

    I am happy you had such a good time. Try to stay warm.

  4. Glen Says:

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