Some interesting facts about Spanish

  • Spanish is one among the most phonetic languages in the world. If the spelling of a word is known, it can be pronounced correctly.
  • Latin as well as Arabic have a huge influence on Spanish. Spanish has taken up about a few hundred words of English associated with culture and technology.
  • Spanish has three hundred and twenty nine native speakers and has been ranked as the world’s no. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language.
  • Spanish language is spoken in forty four countries (having nearly three million indigenous speakers in each).
  • There are around 3 million native speakers of Spanish each in forty four countries thereby making it the 4th most widely spoken language after English (112 countries), French (60) and Arabic (57).
  • English and Spanish share most of their vocabulary through cognates since both derive much of their words from Arabic and Latin.
  • Spanish language was considered to be the most diplomatic language till the eighteenth century.
  • Spanish is used as a second language by around hundred million people.
  • The demand for learning Spanish language has increased significantly worldwide in the last ten years.
  • At present Spanish is an official language of the European Union, the United Nations and its institutions in addition to other international organizations.
  • Within the next fifty years, Spanish is being expected to be used as the first language by 50% of the US population.
  • Spanish is known to be the most popular foreign language to be learnt in Europe and America.
  • Spanish has won eleven Literature Nobel Prizes.
  • Spanish is the second most studied language worldwide.
  • Spanish exceeds more than forty thousand words as well as conjugations along with five vowels. They are known as panvocálicas or pentavocálicas.
  • Mexico is home to the largest population of Spanish speakers (114 million people) followed by the United States which has 50 million Spanish speakers.
  • Spanish is said to have two names. Some countries refer to Spanish as español whereas others prefer using the term castellano.
  • Teaching Spanish has been made mandatory in public as well as private secondary schools by Brazil’s president.
  • Spanish has more number of native speakers as compared to English.
  • Learning Spanish is popular amongst any other foreign language in Europe and America.
  • European Spanish and Latin American Spanish are two of its types.
  • The Spanish language found its origin on the Iberian Peninsula that consists of Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Andorra.
  • After English, Spanish is the next most popular language in the world.
  • Spanish produces grammar guides and authoritative dictionaries.
  • Other countries like Equatorial Guinea, Central and South American countries, Philippines and the Western Sahara also have a lot of Spanish speaking people excluding Spain.
  • In Spanish, there’s a difference in pronouncing the letter ‘c’ by the Latins and the Spaniards when it appears before the letters e and i. The Spaniards pronounce it as a ‘th’ whereas the Latins pronounce it like an‘s’.
  • Spanish is an evolving, modern language.
  • An example of Spanish can be - the word computer is known as ordenador in Spain whereas it is called computadora in Latin America.
  • Each and every regional country of Spain – Cataluña, Pais Vasco and Galicia – has its respective language, hymn and flag.
  • A number of words in other Romance languages that begin with ‘f’ begin with ‘h’ in case of Spanish.
  • Spanish is the official language of spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and all other South American republics except for Guyana and brazil.
  • Spanish language is the 2nd most used language on Facebook and 3rd most used language on the Internet after English having over 150 million users.
  • Roman alphabets are used for Spanish Alphabet & Script
  • American English had a huge influence in the North of the region. Words having Spanish pronunciation were considered solely based on what was being heard rather than spelling it correctly, for example, 'mechas' (matches) and 'boila' (boiler).
  • The first Spanish grammar book ‘Gramática’ was published in the year 1492.
  • The Royal Spanish Language Academy was established in 1713.
  • A lot of Spanish words are common to the entire Spanish varieties all over the world.
  • The Spanish language owe its popularity to soap operas like Topacio which was broadcasted in 45 countries and Betty la fea aired in over 100 countries and dubbed into fifteen languages.
  • Spanish language has got over one million words but the Dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (DRAE) includes only eighty thousand of them.
  • There are twenty seven letters in the Spanish alphabet among which only “ñ” is not included within the English alphabets. The letters ch and ll have been stopped being considered as independent letters by the Royal Spanish Academy.
  • In the year 2005, The Nuevo diccionario histórico del español (NDHE) was created with an intention to study the evolution of words along with their meanings in addition to research lexicography.
  • If you are planning to learn Spanish, then you must obtain a DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), Spanish as a Second Language Diploma, which is valid all over the world.