1. a person from Spain or a person whose ethnic composition is primarily derived of ancestors
from Spain. (For this
from Latin America cannot necessarily be considered Spainsh
2. a latin-based language used mostly in Spain and many countries
in Latin America. Spanish is also very widely spoken
of the Pacific (i.e. the Philippines) , and Africa (i.e. Morocco). Countries
in Latin America like Mexico and Puerto Rico speak highly
colloquialized variations of Spanish infused over generations with local native
and colonial era slave dialects, these variations however are still considered Spanish; for example, it would be inapproprite to suggest that someone 'speaks Mexican.'
3. of or related to Spain.
does not apply to people
from Latin America
, Despite popular/ignorant belief: Latin
Americans are not 'Spanish
' in this sense, even
America consists of many
ethnicities, including European (Spanish
, Portuguese, British, French, Deutsch mostly), African, Amerindian
(or 'Natives of the Americas' for the less educated), Arab and even
Asian (how did the Japenese end up in Chile anyway?)
is the language spoken
in most Latin American
countries, the term Latin
used for Latinos
stems from the fact that many other latin
based languages are spoken in this region of the world i.e. Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. For the same reason
European countries who speak Latin
languages can technically be considered Latin
also, however Latin
is more encompassing
which refers directly
to people from
Calling someone Spanish who is from
Latin America without further information of their ancestory is sign of disintelligence
Boy1: Are you Spanish or Guatemalan?
Girl2: Do I look Mayan
too you? I am from Madrid.
Boy1: Hey dont be speaking to me in the Mexican!
Girl2: I don't speak Mexican. I speak Spanish.