Llanito or Yanito is a mixture of Andalusian Spanish and British English, with vocabulary from Genoese, Hebrew, Maltese and Portuguese. It is spoken in Gibraltar by the Llanitos, as the Gibraltarians called themselves, and involves much code-switching to English. Most Llanitos, especially those with higher education, also speak English and Andalusian and Castilian Spanish.
Llanito also has vocabulary from Haketia, a Judeo-Spanish language once spoken by Sephardic Jews in Northen Morocco and in Ceuta and Melilla.
Llanito is rarely written, however there are two Llanito dictionaries: one published in 1978 and the other 2001. There are also a few television programmes in Llanito.
Llanito: Hombre, I'm telling you que no puede...
Spanish: Hombre, te digo que no puedes...
English: Man, I'm telling you (that) you can't...
Llanito: Hay un call pa ti.
Spanish: Tienes una llamada.
English: There's a call for you.
Llanito: Sí, pero at the end of the day...
Spanish: Sí, pero a fin de cuentas...
English: Yes, but at the end of the day...
Llanito: Te llamo p'atrá anyway
Spanish: Te devuelvo la llamada de todas maneras
English: I’ll call you back anyway
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