Spanish: The official language of 20 countries
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10 facts about Spanish
Origin of the language
The Spanish language originated from Vulgar Latin and was developed in the central-northern region of the Iberian Peninsula.
History of the language
Spanish emerged in 210 BC, following the demise of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century.
Learning the language
An English speaker could need anywhere from 350 to 575 hours to learn Spanish.
Spanish language diversity
Spanish is the official language of 20 countries. It is spoken in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.
Did you know?
The most prominent variation among the dialects in terms of grammar is in how second-person pronouns are used.
The Spanish dialect used in Arab-occupied Spain before the 12th century was called Mozarabic.
The Seseo dialect is typically associated with Spanish dialects spoken in Latin America and on the Canary Islands.
Several Latin American variants of Spanish show considerable lexical influence from Native American languages.
Distinción is a dialect that differentiates between the sounds [θ] and [s], primarily in Spain.
The Ceceo dialect is found mainly in Andalusia in southern Spain.
Spanish language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Spanish:
The scent of the earth after rain=Petricor
Maze or labyrinth=Dédalo
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Painter and sculptor
For prayer is nothing else than being in terms of friendship with God.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Noblewoman and saint
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Fun facts about the Spanish language
Some Spanish words cannot be translated into a single word in English. An example is empalagarse which means feeling sick because your food is too sweet, but it is also used figuratively, as in romantic situations.
First Spanish literature
The first literary piece in Spanish is called El Cantar de Mio Cid, dating back to the 13th century. The author of the work is unknown.
English words added
Several English words have been incorporated into Spanish in the 20th century and have become part of the daily vocabulary, such as suéter (sweater) and fútbol (football).
Spelling September properly
In modern Spanish, September may be spelled Septiembre or Setiembre. However, the latter is considered to be a vulgar or informal version of the word.
Only one truly Spanish letter
The letter “ñ” is the only Spanish letter of Spanish origin.
First written Spanish
The first written records in Spanish are the Glosas Emilianenses, and they date back to 964 CE.
Well-known Spanish phrase
There is a well-known Spanish phrase that translates as "holding someone's hair" (tomarle el pelo a alguien), and it means to mock someone with false compliments or promises.
Different ways to say “I love you”
There are two different Spanish phrases to express "I love you" which are Te Amo and Te Quiero. The first is said between lovers or close family members, and the second does not usually have a romantic meaning.
“H” instead of “F”
Some words that begin with "f" in other Romance languages start with "h" in Spanish. For example, ferrum (Latin: iron) and hierro (Spanish: iron).
La persona is Feminine
If taken literally, the word la persona (person) is feminine, even though it may refer to a man or woman.