Basque Language and Culture

The Basque People primarily live in the area known as the Basque Country, located around north-central Spain and south-western France.

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Why do Basque people feel separate from the rest of Spain?

The Basques are not represented by the country of Spain; they have their own culture, language, etc.
they speak basque, a language unlike any other in the world. Having lived in Spain longer than any other group, many basque want independence in order to preserve their way of life.
I'am a Basque American I come from a family of basque knights that for 1300 years served the king of spain.Our reasons are one we are not Spanish neither by genetics ,culture nor language and two bad history and bad blood.

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Who are the Basque people?

The basque people are a culture that reside in the Basque Country which is in the Northern part of Spain and southwest of France.

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What languages are spoken in Basque Country?

Spanish and Basque are spoken in the Vascongada.
They speak Spanish as their first language, and Basque as their second language.

Basque and Spanishare the spoken languages of the Basque provinces in Spain.

Specifically, Basque is spoken in four provinces of northern Spain. The provinces of Araba, Bizkaia, and Gipuzkoa join to form the autonomous Basque Country within the Kingdom of Spain. The province of Nafarroa represents its own autonomous community. Basque and Spanish will be found spoken throughout all four provinces.


Basque, French and Spanish are the main spoken languages of the Basque Country.

Specifically, the Basque Country is an autonomous community within the Kingdom of Spain. It represents part of northern Spain's border with southern France. Three provinces on the France side of the border shelter Basque language speakers.

Basque will be encountered throughout all six provinces as well as in the neighboring chartered community of Navarre. French will be found spoken alongside and north of the border. Spanish will be spoken alongside and south of the border.


They speak Spanish or Euskara, or both.
Their unique and very old Basque language, plus either French or Spanish, because the Basque region is divided between France and Spain.
Basques originate from the Western Pyrenees (Spain and France). Their language, demonym, and place of origin is all known as Basque.
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What was important about the Basque people?

Independence, integrity, and intelligence are what is important about the Basque people.

Specifically, the Basque people defend their unique culture and language despite rulers who sought to do otherwise from central Spain. They maintain their loyalty to the historical precedents and political structures by which they can perpetuate their identity and protect future generations. They take their activities seriously, be it business, farming, fishing, herding, manufacturing, or tourism.

Perhaps what epitomizes the Basque people is Juan Domingo Sebasti

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What is 'culture' when translated from English to Basque?

Kultura is a Basque equivalent of the English word "culture".

Specifically, the word functions as a loan word. It traces its origins back to the ancient Latin word cult?ra for "cultivation, culture". The pronunciation will be "kool-TOO-ra" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.

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Why does Spain have a conflict with the Basque people?

Basque Separatists want Navarra to be part of Basque land, as well as part of S France to create a homeland for 3 million Basques.

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What are the Basque provinces of Spain?

Araba/

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Where are the Basque provinces?

France and Spain are the locations of the Basque provinces.

Specifically, the seven Basque provinces are found on the northwestern and southwestern sides of the border between France and Spain. Three provinces are located in southwestern France: Lapurdi/Labourd, Nafarroa Beherea/Basse-Navarre, and Zuberoa/Soule. Four provinces can be found in northwestern Spain: Araba/

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What is the basque word for grandpa?

grandpa = aitona

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Were the Basque people American Indians?

Definitely not. Although the Basque people are not classed as Indo-European, they are indigenous to the areas of France and Spain they occupy today - in other words they are the aboriginal people of those areas. The Romans called them Vascones and Aquitani; they were already living in the Basque country before the Romans arrived.

Many scholars believe that the Basques are the remnant of the original inhabitants of Europe before the arrival of Indo-European tribes from further east. Their language is classed as an "isolate", unrelated to any other and certainly not related to any native American language; neither does it have a grammar, structure or syntax like any native American language. Ancient Etruscan in early Italy is another example of a European language "isolate".

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Is Basque Spanish?

No, Basque is not Spanish.

Specifically, the Basque people inhabit northwestern Spain and southwestern France. The economic activities in which they engage may be described as typical of the region: farming, fishing, herding, small-scale business, and tourism. But they perpetuate a culture and a language which is unique from those of French and Spanish language speakers.

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What city is called 'Donostia' in the Basque language?

The city of Donosti in Basque is called San Sebastian in Spanish. This is where a famous film festival is celebrated. The ending "a" in Donostia is just an article ending meaning "the." Like "the" in The Hague or The Bronx.
The capital city of the Basque province of Gipuzkoa (Guipuscoa in English), San Sebastian.

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How many Basque Provinces are there?

In Spain there are four Basque provinces, three of which form the autonomous community of the Basque country. They are Araba, Bizkaia, and Gipuzkoa. The fourth province is Nafarroa which has its own autonomic status and forms the Chartered Community of Navarre. These provinces form the so-called South Basque country or Spanish Basque country.

In France there are three provinces: Lapurdi, Behe Nafarroa and Zuberoa. These last provinces form the so-called North Basque country or French Basque country.

Historically it has been said that there are seven provinces but some people consider Nafarroa an Behe Nafarroa a single making a total of six.

Apart from that it's controversial to state that Nafarroa is a basque province due to pollitical conflicts rather than cultural or social conflicts.

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Is the Basque language difficult?

Yes, the Basque language can be difficult to learn.

Specifically, there are seven main provinces where Basque is spoken: three in southwestern France and four in northwestern Spain. Each province has its own form of Basque. There also is an evolving standard Basque (Batua, "unified") which may overlap with one dialect and not with another and which may respect - or not - other attempted standards.

But all Basque adheres to some rules which many language speakers and students are unaccustomed to meeting. One of the most daunting challenges can be incorporating all the influxes, prefixes and suffixes which go in the middle, at the beginning and at the end of words. Another can be moving through the multitude of cases in which a noun can be declined. Still another can be sorting through the many moods in which a verb can be conjugated.

On the other hand, Basque includes loan words from English, French and Spanish. It is easy to pronounce. Its speakers live in areas where the language can be heard and practiced while appreciating beautiful scenery and finding interesting places to go, people to meet and things to do.

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What is 'Anthony' when translated from English to Basque?

Andoni is a Basque equivalent of the English name "Anthony".

Specifically, the name is a masculine proper noun. It is thought to originate from the ancient Etruscan culture of northern Italy. The pronunciation will be "an-DO-nee" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.

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What is 'Can I help you' when translated from English to Basque?

Lagundu al dezaket? and Lagundu dezaket? are Basque equivalents of the English phrase "Can I help you?"

Specifically, the word lagundu is "help". The word al -- which often is dropped conversationally -- shows that a question -- whose answer basically involves "yes" or "no" -- is being asked. The word dezaket translates as "(I) am able, can".

The pronunciation will be "la-GOON-doo al dey-sa-ket" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.

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What year did the Basque people discover Ireland?

It is believed the first people to come to Ireland came from the northern parts of Spain, which is where the Basque region would be. It would be about 8000 years ago.

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Why do the Basque people what independence from Spain?

Cultural integrity and historic precedent are two main reasons why the Basque people seek independence from Spain.

Specifically, the Basque language is unrelated to any of Spain's dialects and languages. From World War II (1939-1945) until his death, Francisco Franco y Bahamunde (1892-1975) opposed the speaking of languages other than that of "the Spanish Empire". Linguistic suppression was not something that Spain's central government was supposed to foster since Basque socio-politico-economic autonomy never was a bargaining item in history's interactions between the southern Basque Country and Spain's monarchs.
They have a language and culture and they want they own land.

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What color hair and eyes do the Basque people have?

Blonde hair and blue eyes are very common in Spain's Basque country. Also, O-Negative blood is more common than B-Positive.

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Who are the Basque people from Northern Ireland?

The Basque people are from a part of northern Spain and a small part of southern France, not from Northern Ireland.

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How did the Basque people get to France?

No one knows, a more correct question would be, how did the French get to France? seeing how the Basques have been there as long as history can record

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What type of weapons are in Basque culture?

The Basque were know for edged weapons and a Weapon know as the Makila, which looked like a walking stick but had an edged weapon secreted on the end. The Basque were also known for firearms manufacturing prior to WWII.

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What is 'grandmother' when translated from English to Basque?

Amona is a Basque equivalent of the English word "grandmother".

Specifically, the word is a noun in its singular form. It in fact takes on slightly different forms depending upon its use within a phrase or sentence since Basque is a language in which nouns are conjugated. The pronunciation will be "a-MO-na" by those who speak Guipuzcoan Basque.

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What did the Basque people look like?

Fair and tall describes the appearance of the Basque people.

Specifically, the Basque people are known for fairness of skin and lightness of eyes and hair. They also are known for their stature. Their appearance therefore makes them stand out in regard to Spaniards from southern Spain. Their height tends to differentiate them from northern Spaniards who otherwise may share in fair skins and light eyes and hair.

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Where did the Basque language come from?

It is unknown where the Basque language came from.

Specifically, the Basque language is unrelated to any of the dialects and languages which can be found in France and Spain, across whose borders the Basque Country (Euzkadi) is located. Some scholars suggest that Basque may be the language spoken by the Iberian Peninsula's original inhabitants. Others tend to support an origin within Eurasia's Caucasus.

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