i can assure you that English is the official language !!!!!Originally posted by Gades
About the Canary Iselands, I think just the same thing like Ceuta and Melilla, I just gave two examples, but I meant more than the example. Just one point: people from Canary speak Spanish.
About the Gibraltar people speaking English: yes, they spoke English to you because you're English. I've been to Gibraltar lots of times in my life (I grew up quite close to it); and I've met lots of students from Gibraltar when I was living in England. I've been in a house full of students from Gibraltar, and while I was in a room with one of them, I could hear how all the guys next door were speaking Spanish, while watching BBC news. About this case, let me know that it's only an example; just in case...
Although, as Sir Fordy said, we're Europeans (even we don't have the Euro in here yet, but give it a few years...).
street signs, shops, government etc etc etc
of course gibraltar is a multi-ethic place, most people are bi-lingual. youve taken one example and tried to make out that that Gibraltarians tend to speak Spanish, they DO NOT !!! they speak both, English is predominant..
""Official language is English, though the local population is bi-lingual, speaking also Spanish ""
Official language: English
Ethnic groups: Italian, English, Maltese, Portuguese, Spanish
Background: Strategically important Gibraltar was ceded to Great Britain by Spain in 1713. In a 1967 referendum, Gibraltarians ignored Spanish pressure and voted overwhelmingly to remain a British dependency.
(Source: WorldFackbook 2000 CIA) ""
"The population is mostly of English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Maltese descent. Nearly three quarters of the population is Roman Catholic, and there are Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish minorities. English is the official language. ""
The Rock now has about 30,000 inhabitants, of which 26,000 are native Gibraltarians, the balance being made up mainly of British expatriates. English is the official language but most Gibraltarians also speak and write Spanish.""