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Welcome to the Romance Languages guide. My name is Kathia Ibacache, I am your Romance Languages librarian and I am here to assist you during your time at CU Boulder. Please contact me anytime you would like to order books and other materials or need assistance during your research projects.

The Romance Language derived from the Vulgar Latin, which was spoken by the Roman Empire. While all Romance languages countries have their own unique cultures and phonetic landscapes, Romance languages share a distinctive closeness that allow people to identify vocabulary similarities across these languages. 




There is a variety of dishes enjoyed by Romance languages countries and regions. Many of these recipes are found in more than one country with slightly alterations. For example, "empanadas" are considered a national dish in several Romance languages countries.


Empanadas                                                  Chilean Cazuela                                    Spanish Paella

Chilean dish "empanadas"    Chilean dish "cazuela"    Spanish dish "paella"


Peruvian Ceviche                                   Portuguese Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato       Italian Panzanella

Peruvian dish "ceviche"    Portuguese sea food dish        Italian dish "panzanella"

All images taken from Wikimedia Commons.

Interesting facts

Did you know that:

  • According to Xunta de Galicia, Gallego is not only spoken in Galicia but also in communities in Barcelona, Montevideo and  Buenos Aires. See lingua galega.
  • People in Catalonia enjoys wild mushroom picking in the fall. Therefore, the Catalan government makes sure people understand the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms. See mushroom season.
  • The Chilean Chinchorro Culture is recognized to have developed the process of artificial mummification 3000 years earlier than the process used by ancient Egyptians. See Unesco Digital Library.
  • A group of Mennonites live in the Argentinean pampa, Mennonites here, do not recognize the Argentinean government or recognize Spanish as their language. See Clarin on Menonites.
  • The Chimborazo volcano, in Ecuador, is the highest point on Earth measured from Earth's center rather than sea level. See NORA.
  • Antonio Meucci, an Italian immigrant, was the fist person to develop the idea of a talking telephone. See Library of Congress mysteries on the telephone
  • There are 180 indigenous languages spoken in Brazil. See Indigenous Languages in Brazil.
  • The Bolivian constitution recognizes 37 official languages, 36 of which are indigenous languages. See The Work Factbook.

Romance Languages Librarian

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Kathia Ibacache
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