Language of Gibraltar
English is Gibraltar's official language. Citizens who grew up on
the rock also speak Spanish as their second language. Beside English
and Spanish which are spoken by the majority of people, there are
also some residents who speak Arabic.
Gibraltarians have their own dialect, Llanito, which is widely
spoken and a mixture between Andalusian Spanish and English.
Moroccan, Tunisian Arabic, Genoese Italian, Ladino, Hebrew and
Maltese influences make this dialect unique. Over 500 words descend
from Geonese and Hebrew. Gibraltarians sometimes even call
themselves "Llanitos" or "Llanis".
For those who speak both,
Spanish and English, Llanito sounds as if languages are being
switched in the middle of the sentence.
within the language are also common, especially between the younger
and the older generation. "Un boby" and "la palma" are both words to
say "police-man". Here are some other examples of the Llanito
Llanito: Hay un call pa ti.
Spanish: Hay una llamada
English: There's a call for you.
Llanito: I'm telling
you que no puede
Spanish: Te digo que no puedes
English : I'm
telling you, you can't
The official Gibraltar Language is
English. But there are many more Gibraltar Language that many of the
people speak in the region. Many of the people of Gibraltar are bi-
lingual and so they can speak both English and Spanish with the same
English language in Gibraltar is used in many places
such as schools, government, and media. Other languages in Gibraltar
that are spoken are Spanish, Arabic and also the major vernacular
language of Llanito.
The vernacular language of Gibraltar
Llanito is a creole language based on Andalusina and Spanish. It
makes use of recurrent modification between the two languages in a
single conversation or simply code-switching between Spanish and
Before the Britishers took over Gibraltar the
language of Spanish was widely spoken at Gibraltar. But later on
there were less number of people who used to speak Spanish.
According to the estimates taken in the year 2001, the number of
people belonging to the Spanish nationality at Gibraltar was 326.
There are some people at Gibraltar who speak the Arabic
language. At Gibraltar Arabic is spoken by the minority of people
belonging to North Africa and Morocco. There are currently 1,400
Moroccans in Gibraltar.