Ask a Question

(Create a thread)
Go Back   Spanish language learning forums > Teaching & Learning > Culture


Castellano vs. Español

 

Questions about culture and cultural differences between countries and languages.


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old February 26, 2012, 01:37 PM
aycaramba's Avatar
aycaramba aycaramba is offline
Opal
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 6
Native Language: Moroccan Arabic
aycaramba is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Castellano vs. Español

Hola,

I'm currently learning Spanish because a lot of my family members speak the language and I'm eager to learn it as I find it a beautiful language. I started taking online lessons Spanish, but as I live in Europe I've got my doubts whether to continue learning 'Latin American Spanish' or begin to learn Castellano. I've made good progress learning 'Latin American Spanish' and I have to say I have no problems at all regarding the grammar and the vocabulary. So now my question is, since I'm gonna be visiting Spain a lot, would it be better if I stopped taking those 'Latin American Spanish' lessons and began to start learning Castellano? Or should I continue since I think the adaptation won't be really hard? It might seem as if there is no difference between the two languages, but mind you that the vocabulary and the slang can differ very much from each other, as well as the pronunciation, even though the pronunciation isn't gonna be a real problem for me...
   
Get rid of these ads by registering for a free Tomísimo account.
  #2  
Old February 26, 2012, 03:19 PM
Rusty's Avatar
Rusty Rusty is offline
Señor Speedy
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 10,623
Native Language: American English
Rusty has a spectacular aura aboutRusty has a spectacular aura about
Umm, castellano and español are the same thing. The language has two different names. Peninsular Spanish is the name given to the Castilian spoken in Spain. The other forms of Castilian (Spanish) spoken elsewhere are all classified as Latin American Spanish.

There are threads in the forum that talk about the differences. They may just as well talk about the differences between the Spanish spoken in the other twenty-plus countries, because every one of those countries used Spanish in their own little way.

In my opinion, if you can converse in Latin American Spanish, you will probably not have great difficulty learning how to speak Peninsular Spanish.
  #3  
Old February 26, 2012, 04:06 PM
chileno's Avatar
chileno chileno is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Posts: 7,863
Native Language: Castellano
chileno is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
Umm, castellano and español are the same thing. The language has two different names. Peninsular Spanish is the name given to the Castilian spoken in Spain. The other forms of Castilian (Spanish) spoken elsewhere are all classified as Latin American Spanish.

There are threads in the forum that talk about the differences. They may just as well talk about the differences between the Spanish spoken in the other twenty-plus countries, because every one of those countries used Spanish in their own little way.

In my opinion, if you can converse in Latin American Spanish, you will probably not have great difficulty learning how to speak Peninsular Spanish.
I am sorry Rusty, but I am Chilean and I speak castellano. What's more, one of the 4 official languages is castellano and not one of those is called Spanish or español.

All this to the best of my knowledge.
  #4  
Old February 26, 2012, 05:35 PM
Glen Glen is offline
Emerald
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 710
Native Language: English
Glen is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by chileno View Post
I am sorry Rusty, but I am Chilean and I speak castellano. What's more, one of the 4 official languages is castellano and not one of those is called Spanish or español.
From what I have heard among friends, it seems to differ by country: the ones I happen to know from Venezuela say castellano while those from México and Costa Rica say español. This is a very interesting thread, and I look forward to hearing the preferences of other members.
  #5  
Old February 26, 2012, 10:09 PM
poli's Avatar
poli poli is offline
rule 1: gravity
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: In and around New York
Posts: 7,442
Native Language: English
poli will become famous soon enoughpoli will become famous soon enough
I know castellano is the more precise term. In Latin America the terms are pretty much synonomous. This is different in Spain, as Chileno states, where there are four distinct Spanish languages, and it seems at best ignorant and at worst imperialistic to refer to Castillian as Spanish in regions where Gallego, Catalan and Basque are commonly spoken.

If you study Iberian Spanish you will become more familiar with European pronunciation and verb forms. If you are going to spend more time in Spain, then certainly look at on-line courses that focus on Iberian Spanish.
__________________
Me ayuda si corrige mis errores. Gracias.

Last edited by poli; February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM.
  #6  
Old February 26, 2012, 10:34 PM
Rusty's Avatar
Rusty Rusty is offline
Señor Speedy
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 10,623
Native Language: American English
Rusty has a spectacular aura aboutRusty has a spectacular aura about
The Spanish language is known by two names - español and castellano - by those who speak it. This is because both are official names of the language. Which name you choose to use for the language you speak very much depends on the country, and perhaps the region, where you live.

This topic has already been discussed in other threads.
  #7  
Old February 26, 2012, 10:47 PM
chileno's Avatar
chileno chileno is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Posts: 7,863
Native Language: Castellano
chileno is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
The Spanish language is known by two names - español and castellano - by those who speak it. This is because both are official names of the language. Which name you choose to use for the language you speak very much depends on the country, and perhaps the region, where you live.

This topic has already been discussed in other threads.
Yes and no.

Yes, there are some countries/regions of Spain that call indistinctly español/castellano the language they speak.

No, as the following link will clarify :http://www.20minutos.es/carta/8697/0...IAL/COOFICIAL/
  #8  
Old February 27, 2012, 04:54 AM
Don José Don José is offline
Pearl
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: España
Posts: 454
Native Language: Español
Don José is on a distinguished road
The RAE recommends the word "español" although it says both "español" and "castellano" are acceptable. They give some reasons here:
http://buscon.rae.es/dpdI/SrvltGUIBusDPD?lema=espa%F1ol

In Spain, generally speaking, "castellano" would be mainly used by people politically concerned in the sense Poli pointed out. This will be more usual in regions that have their own language (Catalonia, the Basque Country, maybe Galicia...).

A Google research:

"Cursos de español en Madrid": 203,000 resultados
"Cursos de español en Barcelona": 205,000 resultados
"Cursos de castellano en Madrid": 5 resultados
"Cursos de castellano en Barcelona":5 resultados
__________________
Corrections always very welcome
  #9  
Old February 27, 2012, 06:26 AM
aleCcowaN's Avatar
aleCcowaN aleCcowaN is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 3,127
Native Language: Castellano
aleCcowaN is on a distinguished road
Google

"curso de español en Madrid" --> 149 resultados
"curso de español en Barcelona" ---> 156 resultados
"curso de español en Buenos Aires" ---> 56 resultados

En mi país:
"curso de español" vende internacionalmente
"curso de castellano" no vende internacionalmente
"mi idioma se llama español" --> señal de ignorancia (aunque este concepto va retrocediendo por varias razones, buenas y malas)
"mi idioma se llama castellano" ---> respuesta correcta
__________________
[gone]
  #10  
Old February 27, 2012, 07:36 AM
chileno's Avatar
chileno chileno is offline
Diamond
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Posts: 7,863
Native Language: Castellano
chileno is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by aleCcowaN View Post
Google

"curso de español en Madrid" --> 149 resultados
"curso de español en Barcelona" ---> 156 resultados
"curso de español en Buenos Aires" ---> 56 resultados

En mi país:
"curso de español" vende internacionalmente
"curso de castellano" no vende internacionalmente
"mi idioma se llama español" --> señal de ignorancia (aunque este concepto va retrocediendo por varias razones, buenas y malas)
"mi idioma se llama castellano" ---> respuesta correcta
Concuerdo totalmente.
Closed Thread

Bookmark this thread at:

Tags
castellano, latin america, spanish courses

 

Link to this thread
URL: 
HTML Link: 
BB Code: 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Site Rules

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Español Latino vs Castellano/Español de España explorator Culture 67 April 03, 2013 01:01 PM
Cantar en castellano JPablo General Chat 4 October 09, 2010 03:40 AM
¿En cuántos países se habla el castellano-español? viveka Culture 16 June 06, 2009 07:12 AM
¿Castellano o español? viveka Introductions 13 April 28, 2008 06:08 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:09 PM.

Forum powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

X