Difference Between Mexican and Spanish

Many people often confuse Mexican and Spanish people. There are many similarities between the two because of the culture and language. In this article, we will be comparing the Mexican and Spanish to clearly identify their differences from each other.

The most apparent difference between them is that a Mexican is from Mexico while a Spanish is from Spain. Mexico is situated in North America. On the other hand, Spain is a country in Europe. While both Mexican and Spanish people speak the Spanish language, there are noted differences in their accents and inflections.

Appearance-wise, the Spanish can display the typical appearance of a European – fair skin and caucasian features can be found in many Spanish people. Meanwhile, most Mexicans tend to show typical mestizo traits (mix of European and American indian).  

Culture-wise, Mexicans can be easily confused with Spaniards. This is because Spanish culture has been ingrained into Mexican culture, among others. Mexican cuisine also show influence from that of Spanish food, but Mexicans have taken the liberty to create changes in their food, take influence from other cultures, or make their own culinary creations.

As mentioned before, Mexico also speaks the Spanish language. But while the core standards and grammatical rules are almost the same, Mexican Spanish has adapted its own slang and idiomatic expressions unique to itself. Mexican language also makes use of some original vocabulary or words taken from other cultures.

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Geography Spain; Europe Mexico; North America
Physical appearance Mostly with European features Mostly dark-skinned, with features from ethnic groups, although there are some who have attained more American or European features
Culture European-influences, festivals, bullfighting, etc. A mix of influences including that of the Spanish.
Food Makes use of fish, meat, olive oil, tomatoes, fresh produce, and spices (paella, andalucia, croquettes, etc). Uses staples like corn and chili peppers; native ingredients; with Spanish influence but also from other cultures (tacos, nachos,quesadillas).
Language Spanish Mexican Spanish (with unique figures of speech and vocabulary)

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1 thought on “Difference Between Mexican and Spanish”

  1. We are more spanish that the spaniards. we love bull fights and eat the everything the pork and the cow and the goat have to give. the mexican born families have kept their spanish customs. they have not mix their marriages with European trash. They do not call themselves spaniards they call themselves Mexicans because they own MEXICO


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