When someone thinks about Spain and Spanish people maybe first thing that will come to his mind would be bulls and the so called "Spanish-style bullfighting"(Corrida in Spain), This practice where there's a "torero" fighting with a bull into an arena, with the final purpose of kill it with a sword.
|A torero and a bull in the arena during a corrda|
Maybe the second thing you would think about Spain is "Flamenco" a form of Spanish folk music and dance, made with those beautiful dresses, and in your mind you could think Spanish girl go around wearing it, but well, you will get disappointed because I've seen no one using it so far!
|A flamenco dancer performing|
Again, this is a pretty common stereotype about Spain, but this dance is mainly practiced in Southern Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia.
Other cliches about Spain are about food: paella and sangria, Who doesn't know about them?! :D
The last one I'm going to talk about is a funny one, and it's just about the language. Italian and Spanish are pretty similar languages, but there's something Italians notice about a Spaniard speaking, the use of the letter "S" a the end of the words. That's why Italians try to make fun of the Spanish speaker impressing their language putting a "S" a the end of each Italian word, in fact, Italians usually say: "How hard could be to speak Spanish, you just have to put an "S" at the end of the words!"
So for example the sentence: "Hi, how are you?" that in Italian is translated as: "Ciao, come stai?", in the Italian-Spanish impressed style would be: "Ciaos, comes stais?", and that sounds pretty ridiculous since in the "real" Spanish language it's like: "Hola, ¿cómo estás?"
Well, these are the most common steretypes that came to my mind, as a said, most of the cliches are based on true facts or traditions, but you can't judge an entire country and all the people, just basing on those. If you really have the chance to visit another country, probably you would realize that you were wrong thinking those things, and you will enjoy the discovery of a new culture!
Tell us if you know other stereotypes, or if you have some story about them, Byee :)