“SPANISHSTEREOTYPES” Name: Cecilia Villanueva C. Teacher: Anna Garcia Course and group: 4ª “A”
INDEX1. The Spanish are lazy and love to sleep thesiesta.2. Spain is the land of sunshine and beaches.3. Spain is the land of bullfights.4. Spain is the land of flamenco.5. All Spanish people have dark hair, darkeyes, and dark skin.6. Spain is the land of paella and sangria.7. Spain is the land of fiestas.8. The Spanish love their ham.9. The Spanish men are latin lovers.10. Conclusions
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2. Spain is the land of sunshine and beaches.• This is true. The sun is predominant along the Mediterranean and in the south, in Andalusia.• The beaches in Spain have a very wide variety, from the Mediterranean to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands to the waves along the North coast. So this stereotype is true. Some beaches are monitored on a daily basis and there are high standards of cleanliness required to have the European Blue Flag, the sign of quality.
3. Spain is the land of bullfights.• The bullfight is no longer considered a sport in Spain, but is described as a cultural tradition. The majority of people who go to bullfights are middle aged and older people. In some communities, bullfights are no longer allowed. This tradition is entering a crisis because fewer people attend the bullfights every year. There is now a growing and progressive majority that wants to get rid of the bullfight because it considers the bullfight as something cruel, something that is irrelevant to modern life. Time will tell!
4. Spain is the land of flamenco.It is said that the majority of the population donot know how to dance flamenco. Flamenco hasits stronghold in Andalusia, especially in Seville.Flamenco is not an easy dance, and one has togo to dance school to learn it. Flamenco dancersare very dedicated people because of thedifficulty of the dance, and it requires constantpractice. Every region of Spain has its traditionaldance, but definitely the flamenco is the mostdramatic dance. The gypsies of Andalusia wereand are the stars and experts of this dance.
5. All Spanish people have dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin.• This stereotype is not true. Remember that the Vandals stayed in Spain for a short period, and the Visigoths stayed in Spain for centuries. These two tribes were Germanic tribes and they left their genes in Spain. Today there are many fair skinned people with light coloured eyes and natural blond hair.• The dark skin is not natural, and people who live in the South or along the Mediterranean coast may have a deep tan, but that is because they may spend a lot of time outdoors while the sun is shining.
6. Spain is the land of paella and sangria• Yes, this is true. The Spanish love paella and in almost every part of Spain one can find some sort of paella in the restaurants. The paella has many different forms and the most famous one is the paella Valenciana, originally from Valencia.• The sangria is not so popular with the Spaniards, as it is with tourists. Red wine is drank with everything in Spain.• Wine making is one of the principal industries in many parts of Spain, such as in La Rioja. Spanish wines have won prizes over famous wines from other European countries. In the south of Spain, such as in Jerez, they
7. Spain is the land of fiestas.• Yes, this is true. Every city, town and village has a fiesta once a year. Many times it is to honour their patron saint. People in Spain like to have fun and the fiesta is the time to have it. This is the reason that many foreigners come to visit Spain, to see and enjoy the fiesta. Most of the fiestas are very colourful events, when the Spanish put on the costumes of their region and cook the food their region is famous for.
8. The Spanish love their ham.• This is true. The most appreciated ham among the Spanish is the “pata negra” from the province of Huelva. The pigs eat acorns in oak forests. The acorns have very high contents of antioxidants, so the hams from these pigs are quite lean and healthy. Scientific studies have shown that eating this type of ham will lower one’s cholesterol. The ham has a slightly nutty taste and is considered a gourmet item in Spain.
9. The Spanish men are latin lovers.• The majority of Spanish men do not meet the stereotype of the latin lover. However the latin lover is alive and well in Spain. However the Don Juan types are not good husband material, because once they conquer someone, they lose interest and look for another.• Because of the mixture of races, one can say that the genes Spanish have are very strong and vibrant, and they produce very beautiful women and handsome men. This is one of the joys of visiting Spain!
10. Conclusions• There is much more to Spain than what the stereotypes paint. Spain is /was a modern, industrialized country, with a high economic growth rate. The Spanish are determined to improve their standards of living. They also want to project a new image to the rest of the world because some of the stereotypes about them are negative and are not true. They will keep the positive stereotypes.