What is the official language of Spain? It’s not just “Spanish”!

What is the official language of Spain? It’s not just “Spanish”!

In several regions in Spain people speak different languages   Everybody knows that people in Spain speak Spanish.   But is this really true?   When you are going to travel to Barcelona, Bilbao or Santiago de Compostela you will quickly notice, that people do not speak “Spanish” at all. And there is an easy explanation for it: Spain has several official languages.   The Castilian, the official language of Spain   What we refer to and consider as “Spanish language” is actually called Castilian (in Spanish “Castellano”). It is spoken in whole Spain as well as in South America. It belongs to the Roman languages and has gained high importance in the 18th century thanks to historic and socio-economic developments. From there the modern Spanish evolved and people still relate to it as Castilian. Today 100% of all Spaniards command it as first or second language, however there is a very small percentage of people, who do not use it in their daily life.   Spain declared Castilian – or “Spanish” – as official language for the whole country and 19 countries in South America did so as well. It is also declared standard language in all public media and bureaucracy, which is supported by the The Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy or RAE).       So, when you learn Spanish, you will in fact study Castilian Spanish. And this is why you will surely question your Spanish skills when travelling to certain areas in Spain. Because you will think that you are well prepared, but suddenly local people talk to you in a completely different language...
You want to work in the sun? We tell you how to get a job in Spain

You want to work in the sun? We tell you how to get a job in Spain

Many people dream of living and working in Spain. Although there might always be personal, financial, political and economical reasons to consider, it is definitely not impossible to achieve! But how to get a job in Spain?   There are some things, you should have in mind before starting to organise your job search. In our daily life in Tenerife we often meet with people, who would have had an easier beginning if they would have known those facts, that can be summed up in three major advices. However we do want to emphasize: those advices are neither official, nor do we intend to give you a unfailing, complete guideline. We do not guarantee anything or promise you something. We just want to help you with some practical recommendations for your step into the Spanish labour market.   So, here they are, our advices about how to get a job in Spain: First – Be on the spot Depending on your profession and the desired field of work, it can be of big advantage to be already on location when searching for a job in Spain. Sure, there are people, who successfully manage to get a job in Spain, while still living in their country. But usually they tend to be the minority, as candidates from other nations often experience disadvantages when applying for a job. Besides the more difficult situation of getting to know the applicant personally, companies in Spain do not know, if you are really going to show up for the work. They are aware, that you will still have a big step to make, which...