Did you know?

1) that Spaniards say "vino tinto" or just "tinto" and not "vino rojo".

2) that if a Spaniard says "a mediodía" he does not mean at "noon" but rather at lunchtime (Spanish lunchtime – 1400!).

3) that "estar de Rodriguez" means your wife is away. Most men are "de Rodriguez" in the summer when their wives are away on holiday and the poor chaps have to go to the office (and go out with all their chums who are also "de Rodriguez").

4) that "pasta", apart from being something you put parmesan on, also means "money".

5) that when a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, Spaniards sensibly decide not to spoil a nice long weekend. Hence "the Puente", or "bridge" which neatly leaps over the work day in between. And that's not the end of it. Two mid week public holidays on Tuesday and Thursday? Welcome to the "Acueducto" which means a whole week off!

6) that a "botellón" doesn't just mean a "big bottle" but also a clandestine party in a park with chums clutching plastic
bags with rum and coke.

7) that if a Spaniard suggests a cervecita, a vinito or a copita he doesn't really mean a small one and means several rather than one… none of which you should be having on account of your 9 am meeting/job interview, hence the insistence that it will be very small one, that you can hardly see. Which it never is.

8) That "Hacerse el sueco... (literally to behave like a Swede) means to adopt the ostrich position, head in sand and so on.

9) That in the Canary Islands they almost never say "tú". They always use "Usted". Even if you've been carrying them home for 20 years.

10) The day of bad luck in Spain is Tuesday 13th.

11. that Barça fans are called "culés"? Yes, but did you know why? It all started in the 1920's when the club became so popular and the stadium filled so fast that some fans had to perch right on the top of the stands inadvertently offering passers-by below a view of a row of bottoms or "culos" – hence culés.

12. that when Spanish tap the side of their face ("cara") with their palm they mean that someone has a lot of check or nerve (in Spanish "tener mucha cara").

13. that in 2010 the amount of wine consumed per person in Spain was 18 litres. 30 years ago it was more than 50. No wonder Spain's in "crisis".

14. that if you "cecear" you pronounce the "s" like a "c" or a "z" and are probably from Extremadura (who theriously lithp). If you "sesear" you pronounce the "c" and "z" like an "s" and are probably from Andalusssssia.

15. that 57% of Galicians always speak Gallego, 48% Catalans always speak Catalán and 12% Basques always speak Euskera.

16. that "Kalimotxo" is red wine with coca cola, "Tinto de verano" is sprite or fizzy lemon and wine.

17. that the 3 largest read daily newspapers are all free (20minutos, Qué, ADN). Then comes "El País" followed by two newspapers entirely dedicated to sport (Marca, El As). Of the 10 best selling dailies, 4 are sports rags!

18. that the longest distance in Spain in a straight line from one place to another is 1080,90 kms from Cap de Creus (Girona) to the mouth of the River Guadiana (Ayamonte), between Spain and Portugal.

19. that Badajoz is the biggest province in Spain, Gipuzkoa is the smallest one..

20. that "Silbo gomero" is Gomera's whistle language. It was introduced by the Canarian aborigines and was traditionally used by island folk to communicate with each other across Gomera's rugged, mountain terrain. It is still a subject at Gomeran schools. 'Come on children, fingers in mouths!'