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Five False Ideas About Spain and Spanish People

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Angeles was born and lives in Spain. She likes to know about other cultures. The same way, she writes from time to time about her country.

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Spain Flag - By David Wagner /

I have to say 'thanks' to the internet; thanks for allowing this international communication. In fact, I had, and still have, the opportunity of meeting people from several countries, mainly due to the fact that I teach Spanish online.

And during all this time, I've been trying to let people know about my country, culture, language, etc. By the way, I've also read and heard about some "clichés", some of them funny, about Spain and Spaniards.

One of them, maybe the one that really "impressed" me was that...

1.- Spain is a country located in... America!!

I understand some people connect the concept of "Spanish" language with "Spain" and, as Spanish is spoken in South / Central America, they associate it and think Spain is located in America. No need to say we, Spaniards, are in Europe (South of Europe, to be exact). Oh, did you know Spain is also known as "The European Florida"? Not only because retired people from other European countries come to live to the South of my country! I am the first one thinking about moving to the South of Spain when I'm retired! The South of my country is much more warmer in winter, although they can reach high temperatures during Summer time!

2.- One of the most typical dishes in Spain is... burrito!! And what about the "tortilla"?

Oh, no. Well, we, Spaniards, love Mexican dishes. In fact, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and chains in Spain, but the "burrito" is not typical from my country.

On the other hand, if you tell someone about the "tortilla", that's not the Mexican one. "Our tortilla"'s ingredients are potatoes, eggs and onion, and it's cooked in a different way, frying the ingredients and mixing them with the eggs, in few words, although the process is a little bit more complex. (Psss, you have to try it, it's delicious!!)

Tortilla de patatas (Potatoes omelette)

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3.- The concept of "torero" or, as some people say: "toreador".

Some people think everybody here in Spain is wearing, as something usual, the typical "torero" and "flamenco" dresses... We don't, of course! I guess this is just a stereotype, the same way German people are associated to Bavaria dresses, or Japanese people to the kimono. No problem! In fact, I find quite amusing the idea of me in a red flamenco dress!

4.- Spain = Sun

Well, this is almost true... if we go to the south of Spain. In fact, the north of Spain is much more humid and cold. There are, for example, communities (I mean, Autonomic Communities, referring to old-named "regions") like Galicia or Asturias with a warm -no hot- weather in summer. And some of "Castilla y Léon" provinces have really cold winters! By the way, if you want to spend your summer time in Spain, take into account the South (Andalucía, Levante) is dry and hot, and it's usually plenty of tourists. On the other hand, the north, which has been promoted quite a lot lately, is a warmer, quite place for all those who prefer not too high temperatures, although, I must say, there is one risk: rain and / or cloudy days.

Finally, my last "false idea about Spain" is:

5.- Having a "Socialist" Government now, is the same as if we were saying Spain is... Communist!!

Oh, no! The name of the Political Party in the Government right now is "Partido Socialista Obrero Español" (PSOE, in short). But it has nothing to do with Communism. For some reason, some people understand "socialism" is very close to "communism", but, in fact, here in Spain we have both, a Socialist party and a Communist party.

Some final notes...

OK, please, don't misunderstand me. I'm not laughing at you! Maybe you had thought, until now, any of the above ideas was true for you. This is just a list of things we Spaniards hear about our country and culture, and my intention is just to help everybody know what's true and what is not.

Hope you enjoy this list, and, if you have heard about any other stereotype about my country, Spain, share it with us using the comments section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Angeles


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    • AngelesF profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Spain

      Thank you, Umesh!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 years ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India


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      9 years ago

      Bienvenido a India,

    • AngelesF profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Spain

      No problem, the Blagsmith! And thanks!

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      The Blagsmith 

      10 years ago from Britain

      Being British I agree with you Paulus, we are loud. I currently live in Japan and here it is considered rude to shout in public. Anyone doing so is looked at with contempt.

      Oh the British don't need to be drunk to be noisy - it just helps. Oh incidentally for all the Spanish fans I write Spanish content and have written one article for HubPages and more on my website

      Sorry Angeles this is not meant to be a plug I would genuinely like Spanish interested people to visit and give their opinion about any of my content.So please do I need like minded people who love what Spain offers.

      I will quite happily in return give a site link for you on any content related hubs I create.

    • AngelesF profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Spain

      Hi Best way to see Spain!

      It is never too late to study Spanish. :-)

      There are lots of free resources on the net, and you can also have a tutor.

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      best way to see spain 

      10 years ago

      I wish i could speak spanish....

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      10 years ago

      Funny that some Nine to Fivers Thought Spain was Located in the Americas Perhaps Some of Us should Pause those Mundane Sports Channels as well those infamous "Kill Time = Brain Flush" Shows Like the kardashians, then switch the Travel Channel/Nat-Geo Instead.

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      11 years ago

      Well written information here thank you for making it clear to some.

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      12 years ago

      Woaw, mmm just I wanna say that my english is so bad (thanks english teacher, thanks..... T_T) so I will talk in spanish....

      es muy cierto que relacionar españa con america es un error que muchos cometen....como tambien relacionar a paises sur americanos con gobiernos de tirania y violencia al 100% (thankyou hollywood) pero la verdad es que en estos paises se vive de forma muy alegre en general, no hay gente perezosa (lazy ? nah) solo que la mentalidad de la sociedad respetuosa no busca dinero para ser feliz (oh really? yes !!! we don't need money to be happy hehe).

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      paco hombre 

      12 years ago from Ronda, Spain

      ¡Hola Angeles!

      Where I live in ronda we get a lot of American visitors who go crazy in the tourist shops for things like Mexican sombreros. Rondeños just smile and let them spend their money, but inside I know it makes them a little sad. Great hub, thanks for sharing these points.

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      12 years ago from Murcia,Spain

      ¡Hola! I agree with your ideas and there's lot's more !

      Spanish are lazy; not really true. They just prefer not to work! I think they make a good example of how everyone should live.

      Siesta is to avoid the heat;Well... in the winter it's not that hot (here in Murcia), but nearly everything is still closed between 13.30h and 16.30h.

      Spanish are loud;I live amongst the Spanish and have lived amongst British and Dutch. Spanish can sometimes speak a bit louder like they are angry, but most of the time, they're just as quiet as the rest of us. British on the other hand... if they drink, which they often do, they start singing and make more noise then any Spaniard ever would, by singing KARAOKE!

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      13 years ago

      Hola AngelesF

      Un saludo desde Portugal

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      13 years ago from France

      Increible!! It is amazing the ignorance of some people. It is like thinking the daily French menu is made up of Snails and frogs LOL

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      Laura Marie 

      13 years ago from UK

      Nice hub. I love Spain and have been there many many times.

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      Kate Swanson 

      13 years ago from Sydney

      Do people really think Spain is in America? LOL! I hope this has helped clear up some of the misconceptions. Bienvenida en HubPages!

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      13 years ago from Australia

      What great content! Fun and informative... I know what you mean though. I am originally from Canada and some of the people living south of there are not sure where it is. Also I now live in Australia and supposedly have an accent. When I am asked where in America I come from I ask the Aussies in return where in New Zealand they come from. This always gets a laugh and can be a great conversation starter with strangers :-)

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      13 years ago from Spain


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      In The Doghouse 

      13 years ago from California

      Great Hub, keep them coming. Thanks.

    • AngelesF profile imageAUTHOR


      13 years ago from Spain

      ¡¡Hola, Funride!

      Good Spanish sentence! :-)

      Thanks a lot for leaving a comment as, yes, I'm new here, and it was a pleasure to find out someone has already read my first Hub! ¡Yupiiii!

      And yes, it's good to have here a neighbour. I visited Portugal some years ago and it's a really lovely and wondeful place!


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      Ricardo Nunes 

      13 years ago from Portugal

      Ola Angeles ;) bienvenida a hubpages! lol

      I loved your hub, it make me laugh. It´s good to have a neighbour here at hubpage.


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