Talk The Talk
Although Ibiza is a Spanish island, it is one of the Balearic Islands which form an autonomous community and so as well as speaking Spanish here, the other official language is Catalan. Many of the locals also speak a dialect very similar to Catalan, known as Ibicenco. Below is a list of Spanish, Catalan & Ibicenco words you might come across while visiting, browsing our Webpage, sharing your photos and comments with us on our Facebook Fanpage or even when Tweeting with us.
Greetings - Saludos
Bienvenido/ Benvingut - Welcome
Buenos días/ Bon dia - Good morning, good day, hello in general
Buenas tardes/ Bona tarda - Good afternoon
Buenas noches/ Bona nit - Good evening, good night
Como va? Com va? - How´s it going?
Encantado/ encantat - it´s a pleasure
Hasta luego/ fins despres - see you later
Adios/ adeu - goodbye
To Help You Through The Morning - Por La Mañana
Café con leche/ amb llet - white coffee
Café Americano/ americà - large black coffee
Café solo/ sol - small black coffee
Cortado/ tallat - small black coffee with milk
Carajillo/ cigalo - small black coffee with any licquore you fancy (Cognac, Baileys...)
Bonbon - small black coffee with condensed milk
Trifásico/ trifasic - small black coffee with milk and a licquore of your choice
Café Caleta - a dangerous mix of coffee, rum, brandy & spices, served piping hot and invented here on the island!
Pan con tomate/ pa amb tomaca - toast with grated fresh tomato
Pan con tomate y queso fundido/pa amb tomaca y formatge fos - toast with grated fresh tomato and melted cheese
Hungry? - Hay Hambre?
Sobrasada - red pork sausage
Butifarra - black pork sausage
Tapas - small portion of food to accompany a drink (sometimes free with an alcoholic beverage)
Paella - yellow rice dish with meat & fish
Bullit de peix - a delicious soupy mix of fresh fish, boiled potatoes, green beans fish stock & spices
Alioli/ Aioli - home made garlic mayonnaise
Tortilla española - Spanish omelette (potatoes, onion & sometimes peas and peppers too)
Sofrit pages - fried pork bits with potato, peppers, garlic...
Arroz de matanzas - rice cooked with pork bits just after a "matanza" or pig slaughtering
Bocadillo - sandwich usually made from half a loaf of bread and filled with whatever you ask for.
Thirsty? - Hay sed?
Bodega - winery or liquor shop
Zurrito - a sip of beer or half of a half!
Caña - a half pint
Jarra - pint
Mediana - medium size bottle of beer
Cubata - mixed, long drink.
Refresco - soft drink
Copa/ Vaso de vino - glass of wine
Con hielo y limón? - With ice & lemon?
Feliz Navidad/ Bon Nadal - Merry Christmas
Felices Fiestas/ Bones Festes - Happy Holidays
Feliz Año Nuevo - Happy New Year
Molts Anys i Bons - Many Happy returns
Out & About
Camino - Dirt road
Calle - Street
Carretera - Road
Gasolinera - Petrol Station
Correos - Post Office
Estanco - Cigarette Shop
Supermercado/ Tienda - Super Market / Shop
Playa - Beach
Chiringuito - beach bar
Estación de Autobuses - Bus Station
Parada de Taxis - Taxi Rank