It is a verifiable reality that Canarian speaking It is different from the rest of Spanish speakers. Starting from a common base, Spanish has a multitude of variants, many more than countries or regions that speak it. Generally, canaries we meet surprised faces in the Peninsula when we released some of our typical Canarian words, like the ones you can find in this text. Too we have expressions that can cause confusion. But it is not necessary to leave the Archipelago for these reactions to take place. Without going too far, In the Canary Islands we have different words to designate the same thing depending on which island we are on.
Thus, many times when we travel between islands, we would need a special dictionary to understand each other. Here we expose you a Chicharrero-canarión basic dictionary, to facilitate communication between Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
This basic dictionary contains 15 concepts that have two different words, one in common use in Tenerife and the other in Gran Canaria. Here are the 30 words.
Zucchini – bubango
If you order bubangos in the market in Gran Canaria, the shopkeeper will correct you by saying: “he means zucchini.” However, the Canarian Language Academy ensures that the bubango is something else. Cylindrical zucchini with green rind and white flesh, similar to zucchini, but more appreciated than this. The bubango is distinguished from the zucchini by its shape and size.
Threads – popcorn
The popcorn is from Tenerife and the roscas from Gran Canaria. Even Canarias Radio uses this double designation for popcorn as the name of one of its programs. ‘Threads and popcorn’.
Chorizo de Teror – dog chorizo
Some argue that it is not the same thing, but it is difficult to find the seven differences.
Cake – sponge cake
If we talk about pastries, whether homemade or industrial, in Tenerife we will order sponge cake and cake in Gran Canaria. In the Peninsula they would say cake, but as in Gran Canaria the cake is something else, it was preferred to throw the Anglicism Cake.
Sponge cake – sponge cake
The bizcochado bread is more from Tenerife and the bizcocho from Gran Canaria. That which in the Peninsula they would call toast bread.
Sliced bread – tin bread
On both islands it is clear that it is bread and shaped bread, whether in a square tin or in a square mold.
Tuno – fig peak
The fruit of the prickly pears or tuneras is for the people of Tenerife the peak fig and for the people of Gran Canaria the tuno.
Bochinche – guachinche
Everyone knows that in Tenerife you can eat fantastically and cheaply in the guachinches, accompanying the meal with wine from the own winery or water. In Gran Canaria, the bochinches also offer food for little money. We are not talking about quality. What is not found is the own wine, even if they offer you house wine.
Pisco – treasury
A little bit is said a treasury in Tenerife and it is a pisco in Gran Canaria. And with this word we close the chapter on food, although the treasury or pisco are not necessarily linked to what enters our mouths.
Blower – balloon
In this case, it does not enter through the mouth, but results from the air that comes out of it. According to the basic dictionary of Canarianisms, the Gran Canaria blower is a round, oval or fusiform bag made of a flexible and waterproof material, which is filled with air and serves as a toy. Come on, what comes to be a balloon in Tenerife and in the rest of Spain.
Pullover – sweater
The influence and loan of another language comes in this case from the same side, but in Tenerife they stayed with the sweater and in Gran Canaria they preferred the pullover to refer to what in the Peninsula they would call a sweater.
T-shirts – tennis
The sports shoes are tennis in Tenerife and t-shirts in Gran Canaria.
If we want to keep our pullover or our shirts well, we will do it in a drawer in Gran Canaria and in a drawer in Tenerife.
Of course, the drawer can only be from our closet in Tenerife, while in Gran Canaria the drawer is from the closet.
Luggage rack – trunk
And we come to the end of this journey. If you store your luggage in the luggage rack of your car in Gran Canaria and ride the Armas or the Fred. Olsen to go to Tenerife, you will take it out of the trunk when you arrive at the destination.