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IBIZA
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AndalusiaCataloniaCosta blanca
Costa bravaCosta del solEl hierro
FormenteraFuerteventuraGran canaria
IbizaLa gomeraLa palma
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Language

Most residents of Ibiza speak a variant of Catalan, namely Eivissenc or Ibicenco. In addition, of course, almost everyone speaks the Spanish that we know, Castillian. Since 1992, most names of places of interest have been indicated in Eivissenc. For example, the name Ibiza town was finally changed to Eivissa.

Dialect map of Catalan, IbizaDialect map of Catalan, IbizaPhoto: Pepets CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

The islands of Ibiza and Formentera were called Pytioussa and Ophioussa by the ancient Greeks. The Carthaginian settlers gave Ibiza the names Ibosim, Aibusim and Ebusim, after the Egyptian god Bes. At that time the abbreviation IBSM was used on coins.

Ibiza in different languages sounds like this:

The differences between Eivissenc, Catalan and Castilian are often significant:

EnglishEivissencCatalanCastilian
Partyxacotafestafiesta
Glassgotvasvaso
Towelcaramàstovallolatoalls
Dogquissogosperro
Boyboixnenéniño
Unclebloncooncletío
Stonemacpedrapiedra

Sources

Mallorca & Ibiza, Menorca & Formentera
APA Publications

Mischke, R. / Ibiza, Formentera
Het Spectrum

Rokebrand, R. / Reishandboek Ibiza en Formentera
Elmar

Sale, R. / Ibiza & Formentera
Kosmos-Z&K

Schmid, N. / Ibiza, Formentera
Deltas

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated January 2023
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