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(Map is not exactly the more accurate but it was simple and clean) Romancing the Languages | Incredible Iberians
 Going through the Castilian tag I noticed that some people  think Spanish from Spain is called that way. But it’s not, Castilian -> Spanish. Some people think it may be a better name because Spanish is not the only language in Spain. So I thought I could present some of  these other languages to you: 
Catalan (green in the map): Catalan is a Romance Language which means it comes from Latin. It’s spoken in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and is the official language of Andorra (it’s a micro-state, did you know?). Catalan is widely used in both official and not official contexts and media in Catalonia and a little less elsewhere it’s mandatory to some public job posts. In the Valencian Community Valencian is spoke ¿Is Valencian a different language? ¿A dialect of Catalan? It’s a long debate. If we count Valencian and Catalan we have around 11 million speakers. Have a sad love song. 
Spanish/Castilian (yellow): the official language of Spain and one of the most spoken languages in the world because nearly all Latin America speaks it. It’s also a Romance language. Spanish from Spain have unique characteristics i.e Andalusian accent is know for being quite strong. Have a Flamenco song.
Basque/Euskera (dark orange): This is Basque. Omg you can’t undertaken a thing, can you? Basque is not like the others, Basque is a special snowflake that’s no Romance and probably not Indo-European. It’s spoken in the Basque Community and parts of Navarre in Spain and the French Basque region. Where does it comes from? Some say prehistoric tradition, Lovecraft say the Elders God. Anyway, it’s alive and well specially in Spain like Catalan it has an official status in it’s zone. Around 883 000 speakers.
Galician (light orange): If i’m not mistaken Portuguese and Galician have the same origin language until the Middle Ages. Another Romance language. Around 3.188.400 speakers and official status in Galicia. Like the Basque and Catalan it’s used officially and non-officialy (there are radio and tv show in Galician,  it’s some people first language, and taught in schools). Have a pretty celtic-vibe song.
Portuguese (The one in Portugal): The official language of Portugal (around 10 million citizen , it’s also spoken in Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique and Sao Tome e Principe. A Romance language it’s closer to Latin vocabulary than Spanish. European and Brazilian Portugueseare somehow different, more than European and Latin American Spanish. Have an upbeat song.
What about the other languages? Aragonese (brown) and Bable/Asturian are not official in their region and not very widely spoken  even if there are projects to promote then. Not very used in media (books, songs). Most regions who used to spoke those or an ancient variety switched to Spanish with time. Have a cute ad in Asturian. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything in Aragonese. 
Why so many languages? First I want to tell you that I’m doing a very short summary and I know those are big difficult issues. But very long story short: Spain was once many kingdoms and had a great variety of dialects. Those kingdom came to depend from the Crown of Castille and thus Spain was born. Some Bourbon Kings and then the military regime of Franco tried to eradicate those languages but didn’t succeed. Now most of them are official in their region. Portugal is another thing entirely it’s frontiers where definite by the XVII c. so linguistic unity happened more easily.
Hope it helped :)

(Map is not exactly the more accurate but it was simple and clean) Romancing the Languages | Incredible Iberians

Going through the Castilian tag I noticed that some people  think Spanish from Spain is called that way. But it’s not, Castilian -> Spanish. Some people think it may be a better name because Spanish is not the only language in Spain. So I thought I could present some of  these other languages to you: 

  • Catalan (green in the map): Catalan is a Romance Language which means it comes from Latin. It’s spoken in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and is the official language of Andorra (it’s a micro-state, did you know?). Catalan is widely used in both official and not official contexts and media in Catalonia and a little less elsewhere it’s mandatory to some public job posts. In the Valencian Community Valencian is spoke ¿Is Valencian a different language? ¿A dialect of Catalan? It’s a long debate. If we count Valencian and Catalan we have around 11 million speakers. Have a sad love song
  • Spanish/Castilian (yellow): the official language of Spain and one of the most spoken languages in the world because nearly all Latin America speaks it. It’s also a Romance language. Spanish from Spain have unique characteristics i.e Andalusian accent is know for being quite strong. Have a Flamenco song.
  • Basque/Euskera (dark orange)This is Basque. Omg you can’t undertaken a thing, can you? Basque is not like the others, Basque is a special snowflake that’s no Romance and probably not Indo-European. It’s spoken in the Basque Community and parts of Navarre in Spain and the French Basque region. Where does it comes from? Some say prehistoric tradition, Lovecraft say the Elders God. Anyway, it’s alive and well specially in Spain like Catalan it has an official status in it’s zone. Around 883 000 speakers.
  • Galician (light orange): If i’m not mistaken Portuguese and Galician have the same origin language until the Middle Ages. Another Romance language. Around 3.188.400 speakers and official status in Galicia. Like the Basque and Catalan it’s used officially and non-officialy (there are radio and tv show in Galician,  it’s some people first language, and taught in schools). Have a pretty celtic-vibe song.
  • Portuguese (The one in Portugal): The official language of Portugal (around 10 million citizen , it’s also spoken in Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique and Sao Tome e Principe. A Romance language it’s closer to Latin vocabulary than Spanish. European and Brazilian Portugueseare somehow different, more than European and Latin American Spanish. Have an upbeat song.

What about the other languages? Aragonese (brown) and Bable/Asturian are not official in their region and not very widely spoken  even if there are projects to promote then. Not very used in media (books, songs). Most regions who used to spoke those or an ancient variety switched to Spanish with time. Have a cute ad in Asturian. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything in Aragonese. 

Why so many languages? First I want to tell you that I’m doing a very short summary and I know those are big difficult issues. But very long story short: Spain was once many kingdoms and had a great variety of dialects. Those kingdom came to depend from the Crown of Castille and thus Spain was born. Some Bourbon Kings and then the military regime of Franco tried to eradicate those languages but didn’t succeed. Now most of them are official in their region. Portugal is another thing entirely it’s frontiers where definite by the XVII c. so linguistic unity happened more easily.

Hope it helped :)

Hello

Hello people, it’s been a while I’ve been traveling with my sister to celebrate her Quinceañero. It was very cool.

I was in Italy, I really love it and my Italian also know as the Worst Italian ever was a shame but a helpful shame. Also I had forgot how many Ecuadorian there are in Italy it was nice to see so many Latinos and talk a little Spanish. Also everybody knows about those great art museum but they also have very good natural and Science museums in Italy. I still have and irracional fear of megafauna animals but it was very cool to see huge skeletons. Last thing. Comics. Italy is like the European promised land of comics (and the UK too but I need a visa to get there B|) many collections, Deadpool and Ant Man and their own things like Tex or Ratman. And the food is so cheap compared to France and delicious too. 

Germany was very cool. But it kind of  dissapointed me. I tought people will be friendlier with tourist and it was really cold. But very beautiful at the end with massive forest spaces and when we stayed in an ex-military base of the WWII there were so many savage bunnies. 

Finally Amsterdam is love but one day was too short.

I’m in my country for a month them back so now I have time to be lazy.