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Old September 12, 2013, 11:25 PM
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Spain - language, culture, customs and etiquette

Learning the Spanish language is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It is also about getting to know the culture of Spain, their people and ways of life. Most important culture in Spain is the invention of the Spanish guitar, which was invented in Andalusia in the 1790's when a sixth string was added to the Moorish lute.

Please share your ideas about culture of Spain.
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Old September 13, 2013, 07:41 AM
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What surprises some people in the United States is that Spain isn't all flamenco with castanets and bullfights. In Northwestern Spain, bagpipes and Celtic dances are what identifies the culture. Spain is a country of several languages. What the world knows as the Spanish language is really Castilian. There are three other Spanish languages spoken there and a major dialect too.

Spain is just the tip of the iceberg. Hispanic culture is rich and varied.
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Old September 13, 2013, 11:21 AM
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What surprises some people in the United States is that Spain isn't all flamenco with castanets and bullfights. In Northwestern Spain, bagpipes and Celtic dances are what identifies the culture. Spain is a country of several languages. What the world knows as the Spanish language is really Castilian. There are three other Spanish languages spoken there and a major dialect too.

Spain is just the tip of the iceberg. Hispanic culture is rich and varied.
Very interesting poli about the Celtic bagpipes and Celtic dances in Spain. This is all part of the same Celtic influence in Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy making the Spanish connection to Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy. Would anyone ever think that the Irish and the Spanish have things in common, are related by the Celts along with the relationship to the other Latin language countries? All this a part from the fact that all the Latin based languages/countries are related because they were all part of the Roman Empire.

The only language in Spain that does not come from Latin or is not a Romance(Roman) language is Basque or vasco. What makes the vasco language so interesting is also the fact that it is not known to be related to any other language spoken anywhere in the world today. All European languages are related and are know as Indo-european languages but not vasco which makes it's origin a mystery. Logic is that it is a descendant of one of the pre-latin languages spoken on the Iberian peninsula before the Roman conquest. However there is a theory that Basque might be related to some other languages, in particular Georgian(a Russian dialect) and other languages of the Caucasus. Wow! A Spanish or Spain connection to Russia.

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La música ha unido. ;-)
Escucha la banda de alemania "Corvus Corax".
Se sirven los instrumentos viejos del medievo.
La caombinación es muy interesante.
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España fue una colonia romana por 640 años. Latin el idioma de los romanos se hablaba en España por 840 años antes de que se convirtió en la lengua española. España que se llamaba Hispania durante el período romano tuvo muchos importantes personas romanas. Hubo Papas de España. Hubo importantes emperadores romanos de España. Hubo muchos generales romanos importantes de España, como el general romano en la película Gladiador. Muchos soldados romanos fueron a vivir a España. Muchos españoles fueron a vivir a Roma. Sin duda, España es hoy lo que es por el Imperio Romano. Las tribus germánicas que invadieron España tras la caída del Imperio Romano no cambiaron el lenguaje o la cultura mucho porque ellos habían sido romanizados.

Spain was a Roman colony for 640 years. Latin the language of the Romans was spoken in Spain for 840 years before it became the Spanish language. Spain was called Hispania during the Roman period had many important Roman people. There were Popes from Spain. There were important Roman emperors from Spain. There were many important Roman generals frp, Spain such as the Roman general in the film Gladiator. Many Roman soldiers went to live in Spain. Many Spanish people went to live in Rome. Undoubtedly, Spain is what it is today because it was part of the Roman Empire. The Germanic tribes who invaded Spain after the fall of the Roman Empire did not change the language or the culture much because they had been Romanized.

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