The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.

A good tip is to pronounce a soft ‘c’ as an ‘s’ instead of ‘th’. So gracias is pronounced ‘gras-yahs’ not ‘grath-yahs’ or ‘grasth-yahs’.

 

The official language of Tenerife is Spanish, but the accent is comparable to South America, as is mainland Spain. You will find that most locals speak English, especially in popular tourist destinations. It’s always fun to try talking to locals in their own language. Even if it is basic, trying to do this is polite.

 

In the Canary Islands, you speak Spanish in the Canary Islands in the Canary Islands. This variant is very similar to Caribbean Spanish and is characterized by the omission of the consonant and the inhalation or nose. The Portuguese strongly influenced the language and dialect heard today due to the historical efforts to colonize the canary islands. Even Tenerife’s unique and delicious world famous drink the barraquito has portuguese roots.

 

A language that is unique to the canary islands that you might unknowingly hear during your visit to Tenerife is Silbo, a whistling language from the island of  La Gomera (viewable from anywhere on the southwest coast of Tenerife, like Costa Adaje) Using Silbo is a very effective way to communicate with people 5 km away before pulling out the phone and also when stuck in traffic it can be very convenient. It is sometimes referred to as the Spanish “whistle” and it is worth noting that the name “silbo” is accompanied by the automatic word “silbar”. This means “tweeting in Spanish”.

A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

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Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

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The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They are located in the district of Chacona, part of the town of Güímar on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The...

11M

11M

“11M” is something that you might see several times today, the anniversary of 11 March in 2004, when 192 commuters were blown to their deaths and around 2,000 others injured in Madrid’s Atocha station bombings when some ten bombs exploded on four suburban trains at or...

FIMA 2019: Festival Internacional de Música Arona

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2020? FIMA 2019, the tenth Festival Internacional de Música de Arona will be held in Los Cristianos between 5 and 9 March with a series of concerts, dance, workshops and classes. The festival has a dedicated website HERE with the full programme HERE, and a Facebook...

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 30 March

  2020?? Playa San Juan’s fifth Noche de Tapas y Vino will be held on Saturday 30 March. The event has become a regular and very popular annual date in the municipal calendar, and this year’s will take place not in the harbour as previously but in the new square,...

Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Tenerife

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Updated 5.30pm: As of 5pm, the Spanish Public Health authorities have confirmed that coronavirus cases in Spain now number 151:  Andalucía 13,  Asturias 1, Baleares 3, Canarias 7, Cantabria 10, CyL 8, CLM 7, Cataluña 15, C. Valenciana 15, Extremadura 6, Madrid 49,...

Gran Canaria is burning again

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  Photo: Gran Canaria Cabildo. Updated 24 February: At first light, an army Military Emergencies crew of 85 left Seville for Gran Canaria to join firefighting efforts which continue today. There are now 176 military personnel in the island to assist local crews which...

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Wild weather causes wide disruption across Canaries

Updated 8.30pm: The Canarian Government has announced that state schools throughout Tenerife will remain closed tomorrow because of the calima, and reopen on Wednesday. Of course tomorrow is a public holiday in some municipios anyway (see HERE) so their schools would...

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