The word probably comes from Andalusia, meaning Gypsy or Romany. A bit like the British stereotype ‘chav’, Canis wear gold rings and chains, tracksuits, Nike shoes and caps. The stereotype dictates that they are trouble makers, but the reality is that they are typically young who learn from the streets. Their “enemies” are the Pijos (Posh)


Canis use a mix of phrases from Andalusian expressions and 80´s gangster films.
“ta flama” from “está flamante”.  It can be used to describe their new car
“ira” comes from “mira”, meaning “look”
“Me entiende?” -Meaning “You get me?”. Can be added to the end of sentences


we also want  know about urban tribes from your countries! Do you want to participate in our Urban Tribe Competition? It´s very easy!

1-Draw a caricature of an urban tribe of your country. Like this: (you don´t need to be Picasso!)

2- Write a short description of the urban tribe you have chosen  (in English,please!) and add some typical expressions in your original languaje and then translate the meaning  into English/Spanish

3-Send us the description with the expressions and the drawing (scan it and attache it!)  in a private message in Facebook  (dont forget to send us your personal details: name, e-mail address and country)


5-The competition will run till April the 30th and after that we will ask CLIC IH  foreingn language students to vote their favourite one

6-First week of May we will publish the name of the winner on our Facebook.  

7- The prize  is a one-week  Spanish course in  CLIC IH Sevilla during the summer with accommodation in residence included.


Enter our Urban Tribes competition and you will  get up close to the urban tribes of Seville!
We are waiting for your

Blanca Roters

Marketing, Clic IH

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