There are a lot of facts about the Spanish language which may really surprise you. For example, did you know that as many as five hundred million people around the world speak Spanish as either their first or second language, making it a hugely useful communication tool which could give you a large percentage of the world to talk to once you combine it with a mastery of the English language? Or did you know that the Spanish spoken in Spain is not exactly the same as the Spanish spoken in Mexico, and indeed that many Spanish speaking countries have their own unique words and phrases that are not used anywhere else, thanks to the unique situations that arise in each of them? How about the fact that over ten per cent of the population of the United States speaks Spanish at home already, and this is a figure which appears to be steadily rising year on year, making it increasingly important for communication even with your own neighbours if you are from the US?
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and it is also one of the most important languages which is in use in the business and commercial world. Spanish is used to make countless business agreements every day, as well as helping the smooth daily running of international companies and those that deal with clients in Spanish speaking areas of the world. In addition to this, many of the world’s greatest literary masterpieces are written in the language, including the first recognised novel which was ever published, so there is a lot to explore once you speak it.
Spanish is a living language that has evolved over time and adapted to use in each country in which it is spoken, having been taken to many different places in the world thanks to the expansion of the Spanish empire and the places in which the conquistadors and explorers left settlements behind them in their wake. Spanish is spoken in both Spain and in the Americas, and the variety spoken in each region has its own special richness that makes studying Spanish a unique experience in which new discoveries are made every day. Not only will you be able to understand and talk to people in all of these countries by learning the basics of the Spanish language, but you can also guarantee that you will be able to understand those in each country all the better once you start to go more into the particular ways in which they use the language and the unique words which they may have to describe things which are not seen in other places where Spanish is spoken.
Click on the links that we have put together below to learn all about the Spanish language and its regional differences, its widespread population, and the infinite benefits of becoming a Spanish speaker yourself! These will certainly whet your appetite for starting to learn more and choosing one of these countries to study in.
- Spanish Variations & Dialects