Friday, February 8, 2013

Interesting Facts About The Spanish Language

After the Latin, the greatest influence on the Spanish language is Arabic.

Spanish is a Romance language

The Spanish is spoken in Europe and America, but also in Africa (Morocco and Equatorial Guinea, which is the official language), in Asia (the Philippines) and Oceania (Easter Island)

Spanish is a phonetic language, most of the words are pronounced the way they are spelled, except for some new foreign words that keep their original spelling.

Due to demographical reasons, the percentage of the population worldwide that speaks Spanish as native speaker is growing, while the English and Chinese speaker population is decreasing.

Because English and Spanish share many words of Latin origin, you will already be able to recognize more than 3,000 Spanish words!

In 2030, 7.5% of the world population will be speaking Spanish (a total of 535 million people), a figure that stands out above the Russian (2.2%), French (1.4%) and German (1.2%). By then, just Chinese will have more native speakers than spanish.

In the next three or four generations, the 10% of the world population will understand Spanish.

In 2050, the United States will be the number one country with more Spanish speakers.

Around 18 millions people are studying Spanish as a foreign language.

In writing, the most repeated words in the Spanish language are the ‘e’ and ‘r’.

«Esternocleidooccipitomastoideo», «anticonstitucionalmente», «electroencefalografista» y «otorrinolaringológicamente» are the longest words in the Spanish language.

Art in singular is masculine (arte moderno, arte abstracto) but in plural is feminine (artes plásticas, malas artes).

Cinco (five) has five letters. It is the only number in the spanish language that has as many letters as the number meaning.

The only number without the letters “o” and “e” is Mil (1.000).

The only word with three letters, three vowels and three syllables is “Oía”.

One of the major difficulties of learning Spanish is the distinction between “ser” and “estar” and “with” and “for”.

One of the most difficult sounds to pronunce in Spanish is the rolled “r”. Try to say this tonge twister “El perro de San Roque no tiene rabo, porque Ramón Ramírez se lo ha robado”(Saint Roch’s dog has no tail, because Ramón Ramírez has stolen it)

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