About Spanish

 

About Spanish

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Spanish (español) is a Romance language that originated in Spain and now has more native speakers worldwide than any language other than Mandarin Chinese. It is also called Castilian (castellano) after the particular region of Spain, Castile, where it originated. According to Ethnologue, there are approximately 328.5 million people speaking Spanish as a native language (mainly using population datas of 1995 or before) and including second language speakers a total of 388 million speakers worldwide. Some other sources estimate as many as 400 to 500 million people. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur.

Spanish is a part of the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of spoken Latin in central-northern Iberia around the ninth century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile (present northern Spain) into central and southern Iberia during the later Middle Ages. Early in its history, the Spanish vocabulary was enriched by its contact with Basque and Arabic, and the language continues to adopt foreign words from a variety of other languages, as well as developing new words. Spanish was taken most notably to the Americas as well as to Africa and Asia-Pacific with the expansion of the Spanish Empire between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, where it became the most important language for government and trade.

Spanish is the most popular second language learned by native speakers of American English. In many other countries as well, in the 21st century, the learning of Spanish as a foreign language has grown significantly.

Spanish is the most widely understood language in the Western Hemisphere, with significant demographics of native Spanish speakers ranging from the tip of Patagonia to as far north as New York City and Chicago. Additionally, there are over 10,000,000 fluent second language speakers in both Brazil and the United States. Since the early 21st century, it has arguably superseded French in becoming the second most studied language and second language in international communication, after English, in the world.

 

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5 phrases you shouldn’t believe when a Mexican says them

“No pica” means “it’s not spicy at all”
Foreigners no longer trust us because every time we say this phrase, their food ends up being the spiciest food ever made. In our defense, it wasn’t spicy at all.

“Ahorita” means “Just one second”
Scientists are still trying to figure out how much time “ahorita” means. It seems like it can vary between one minute, one hour, five hours, one day… or never.

“La última y nos vamos” means “This is our last drink, then well go”
Whenever we say this phrase we really mean it! But… any decision can change with mezcal.

“Ya voy saliendo” means “I’m on my way”
Every Mexican has sent this message from home, even when they’ve not even finished getting ready.

“Hoy algo tranqui” means “Today we’ll just chill”
When say that… We end up singing songs of Juaga (Juan Gabriel) in a bar at 4am.

 

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Spanish is considered a poetic and it is also a wonderful language. That is where it gets interesting and perplexing,  specially when we speak about food. You’ll find lots of differences in how Spanish is spoken if you compare it to English. The differences range to the words we use to express ourselves, to exactly how we use words in plural and the gender of the nouns, from our accents. It’s totally natural that Spanish differs from nation to nation. Actually, vocabulary and the language is not even same in different areas of the exact same state. I am certain it is possible to imagine a couple of examples.

Occasionally some words that can be used in certain areas of our world are believed to be offensive in other places. Occasionally the differences are not humorless. There’s no end to all of the ways we refer to the most straightforward matters in regards to food. We might be prepared not to understand the name to get a vegetable or fruit indigenous to some state much from our own, but it is when words for essential foods change that things get interesting.

I am able to think of two excellent examples for big differences in words of the same meaning. legumes and cake. They might be called habas, frijoles, judias, habichuelas and much more. Cake is a lot more confusing if you ask me. The variations range from torta and tarta to pudin queque, pastel and pastilla.

George Bernard Shaw remarked that USA and England were two nations divided by their common language. This Hispanic Heritage month take the chance to understand more, and Spanish in regards to the abundant selection of language, custom and cultures that make us unique.

Some people like French and Italian and some Spanish as the best sounding languages, all three are romantic languages and the winner will depend on each person. ¿What language do you prefer?

 

 

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