Facts About Spanish Language
Spanish is the second language in the world that is spoken by the most.
The country with the largest Spanish speaking population is Mexico with 114 million speakers.
The country with the second highest population is the 50 million (more than spain) united states.
Spanish is the U.N’s official language. The European Union, the organization of world trade and other international organization.
Spanish is one of the most phonetic languages in the world. When you know how to pronounce the word, you know almost always how it is written.
The use of inverted question marks and exclamation points in Spanish is peculiar among the major languages.
The language that has influenced Spanish the most is Arabic, following Latin.
The research found that students with 2 years of learning Spanish or another foreign language score better on the ACT / SAT in their verbal grades.
The worldwide demand for Spanish language courses worldwide has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.
The official dictionary of royal Spanish includes 88,431 words.
The mean number of words used by native Spanish speakers is 7,000 characters.
In the United States, Europe and Canada, Spanish is the most common foreign language to learn.
More Facts About Spanish Language
- Spanish is the western hemisphere’s principal tongue
This Latin language is the third most commonly spoken language in the world after Chinese (1,2 billion) and English (328 million) with 329 million native speakers who use it as their first language. Compared with other languages it is spreading rapidly. By 2050 Spanish will be spoken by around 600 million people.
- Spoken By 44 countries or more – Making it the fourth most geographically spoken language after English (112 countries), French (60) and Arabic (57).
- Spanish falls within the Indo European Language Family
Spanish is a language member of the Indo-European language family, which is spoken by over a third of the world’s population. Many members of this language family include the Slavic languages, French, English, German, Scandinavian languages, and many Indian languages. Spanish is also a Romanian language subcategory, a small family of languages that includes Portuguese, French, Catalan, Italian and Romanian.
- Spanish Goes Back to the 13thCentury
Scholars struggled to determine the exact century in which Castilian Latin from Spain’s north-central region became Spanish. Nevertheless, there is consensus that laws passed in the 13th century by King Alfonso to create Castilian as a distinct official language of government helped to form the language. At the time Columbus came to the Americas in 1492, his Spanish language version had advanced to the point that modern Spanish speakers today could easily understand it.
- Mexico is The Largest Spanish-Speaking Country
Mexico is geographically the largest Spanish-speaking nation with a population of over 121 million people who speak Spanish. The United States, with nearly 53 million inhabitants, is home to the second-largest Spanish-speaking population of the world, followed by Colombia, Spain and Argentina. Every country is home to a variety of Spanish dialects, for example, the dialect spoken in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is significantly different from the local dialect of some Patagonian villages.
- Spanish is the Internet’s ‘third most’ popular language
Spanish is the Internet’s’ third most popular language’ with 7.9 per cent of Internet users communicating in the Latin language. But Spanish is the second most common language of giant Facebook and Twitter social media networks. It’s also Wikipedia’s second language of value in terms of the number of users who visit the site.
- During the 18th century, the Royal Spanish Academy was established
The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Espanola) was established in the 18th century and is widely regarded as the arbiter of the Spanish language. It compiles and publishes grammar guides and official dictionaries commonly followed by the Spanish and Latin American peoples. The institute developed the common use of the inverted exclamation point and question mark(‘ and’) as well as the letter (which was first added to the language sometime around the 14th century), which was adopted by a few other non-Spanish languages of Spain.
- Spanish is fairly easy to learn
Native English speakers find that Spanish is a language that is fairly easy to learn. It takes about 22-24 weeks of study for an English native speaker to attain a general speaking and reading ability. However, general social skills are reached earlier, and this is the standard necessary to travel and hold discussions on a range of topics with locals. The best way to’ learn Spanish’ is to immerse yourself in a Spanish speaking country, if you have the time.
- The Vowel ‘e’ is the most frequently used letter in the Spanish language
The most commonly used word in Spanish is the preposition’ de’ while the longest word in the language is the seldom-used medical term ‘esternocleidomastoiditis’— runs 25 letters. For a long time, it was believed that the 24-letter word ‘electroencephalografistas’ (electroencephalographs) was the longest in Spanish.
- Many Spanish Words Have Arabic Roots
The roots of a lot of Spanish words can be traced back to Arabic, the language which after Latin had the most cultural impact on Spanish. The Arab presence in Spain which lasted nine centuries led to the Spanish speakers absorbing multiple Arabic words. Around 4,000 words are of Arab origin in the Spanish language, such as’ aceituna’ (olive),’ almohada’ (pillow),’ az’car’ (sugar), and’ arroz’ (rice), to name a few.
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