GIBRALTAR’S unique language Llanito is at risk of extinction.

Losing its language
Losing its language

The language, which is a mix of English and Spanish with some Italian, Portuguese and Arabic, is becoming less and less used.

The director of the recently closed Instituto Cervantes in Gibraltar Francisco Oda blames the decline on the education of children, who only need a partial understanding of the language.

“As the Gibraltarian society becomes more English, the Llanito vocabulary, like Spanish, disappears,” she said.


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