LANGUAGE IN 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.
Refined distinctions 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 dialect:
Llanito: Hay un call pa ti.
Llanito: I'm telling you que no puede
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 fluency.
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.
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