This lesson is part of the Advanced Spanish Course

In this advanced level Spanish lesson we will look at more Latin expressions – expresiones latinas – that are commonly used in Spanish such as In fraganti, Lapsus and Vox populi. This Spanish video lesson is the second part in a series of two video lessons on the topic. Latin is the language from which the Romance languages formed. Spanish is one of the major Romance languages, along with French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. Romance languages are also sometimes known as Romanic languages or Neo-Latin languages. Spanish is now by far the most widely spoken of all the Romance languages and is the third most widely spoken language in the whole world, behind Chinese and English. Latin was first brought to Iberia by the Romans as far back as 210 BC and many Latin words and expressions are still used in modern Spanish. Iberian Latin absorbed influences from the native Iberian languages such as Celtiberian, Basque and other paleohispanic languages and was later greatly influenced by Arabic during the Al-Andalus period of Moorish rule between 711 and 1492. The official “Gramática de la lengua Castellana” was written in Salamanca in 1492 by Elio Antonio de Nebrija. This was the first grammar written for a modern European language.

Lesson notes:

Veamos más expresiones latinas que usamos en español:

Quedarse in albis: quedarse en blanco
“Siempre me quedo in albis cuando tengo un examen”

In fraganti: al momento en que se comete el delito, con las manos en la masa
“Su novia le pilló in fraganti en su casa con otra chica”

Inter nos: entre nosotros
Si alguien te cuenta un secreto, le puedes decir “por favor, que quede inter nos”

Vox populi: voz popular, todo el mundo lo sabe
“En el barrio es vox populi que María y Antonio se ha divorciado”

Lapsus: un resbalón de la lengua, cometer un error hablando
Si dices la palabra equivocada cuando hablas, puedes decir: “Perdón, he tenido un lapsus”

Ídem: lo mismo
Si alguien te pregunta tu opinión sobre algo y tú piensas igual que la otra persona puedes decir simplemente “Ídem”

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