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American Influence Pervades in Spain

Students from Spain drinking cokes and wearing jeans
Photo: Sandy Peters
Spanish people drink coca cola, wear blue jeans, watch Hollywood movies, listen to American music, and eat fast food, and they do all these things daily.

 

Agustina Pascual from Spain

The influence of America is increasing in my country. Spanish people drink coca cola, wear blue jeans, watch Hollywood movies, listen to American music, and eat fast food, and they do all these things daily.

I think that American movies are a good way to spread American culture because often people are influenced by what they see in the movies. Most of the entertainment programs and documentaries we watch on TV are from America, and most of the movies we go to are made in Hollywood.

In the last few years, the government has tried to protect the Spanish movies. Now, in our cinemas, at least twenty percent of the movies which are shown must be from Spain or from country of the European Community.

American culture is very much a part of Spanish life. It's certain that many things from America are as much a part of their lives as Spanish things. For example, coca cola is as familiar to to everybody as any typical Spanish product. I've known coca cola my whole life.

A Spanish sandwich and cokes
Photo: "Lunch" by Caribb
In Spain, coca cola is as familiar to everybody as any typical Spanish product.

 

However, it's different with western fast food. For example, I don't think McDonald's is as successful in Spain as it is in other countries.

In my opinion, one of the reasons may be the life style of the Spanish people. The Spanish people normally eat at home, except maybe in the big cities, but there are only four or five of these.

On the other hand, it may be that McDonald's hamburgers will eventually replace the famous Spanish tapas. It's true that in every city in Spain you can find a McDonald's, and they are more popular among the Spanish children than among the adults. In any case, it's obvious that American culture is more and more a part of our lives every day.


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