12 Interesting Facts about the Spanish language

#1-The Ranking Speaks For Itself

An estimated 450 million people speak Spanish, which makes this language the second most widely spoken language in the world. In comparison, English ranks third with 350 million people. However, the most widely spoken language is Chinese with an estimated 1.2 billion people.

#2-Varied Geography

The count of native speakers lies in the vicinity of 200 million. People across 44 countries speak this language, which makes it the most popular language in terms of geography. In comparison, English is spoken in 112 countries, while French and Arabic rank 60 and 57 respectively.

#3-Origin of the Spanish Language

The Spanish language has Indo-European roots. The language is spoken by close to one third of all population. The other languages that hail from the Indo-European family are English, Slavic, Indian, German and French.

Some experts are of the belief that Spanish has emerged from Romance language. Romance language has given birth to languages such as Portuguese, Catalan, and Romanian among others.

#4-Standardisation of the Language

It was the effort of King Alfonso in the late 13th century that made Spanish popular across the world. The King wanted one language that would be used for official purposes in his kingdom. It is believed that by the time Columbus reached Western hemisphere, Spanish was a popular language in terms of the number of people speaking and writing the language.

#5-Other Names of Spanish

Spanish speaking people sometimes refer to Spanish as Espanol and Castellano. The name varies according to geographies, religion and at times political viewpoint. The variation, however, is not much. That being said, the accent does differ from place to place.

#6-Plain and Simple

The Spanish language is considered to be one of the phonetic languages in the world. If you know the spelling of a word, you can most certainly pronounce it. The reverse, however, may not hold ground. In recent times, with the origination of foreign words in the language, Spanish is becoming a less phonetic language.

#7-The Decision Making Body

The Royal Spanish Academy is considered to be the elite body that has the final verdict on the language. Although, its verdict are not as good as law, but a wide section of the Spanish language speaking community follow the direction of the Royal Spanish Academy.

#8-Influence on Spanish

Latin and Arabic have the biggest influence on Spanish. English has also influenced the language in recent times. Over hundreds of English words have been imbibed in the Spanish language. Globalisation has a large part to play in this.

#9-International Recognition

With a rich history, the Spanish language has been acclaimed and fitted in every world organisation of repute such as the European Union, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. It serves as the official language for many other international organisations as well.

#10-Popularity of Spanish

The number of people who are eager to learn the language has more than doubled in the last decade. The Spanish language is one of the most popular foreign languages in countries of
Europe and the USA. Brazil recently signed a resolution, which was subsequently formed into a law mandating the teaching of Spanish in every school in the country.

#11- The Achievement of Spanish Language

Although sounds less, but the Spanish language has won 11 Nobel prizes in literature. Some of the world’s most loved novel has been written in this language. What’s more is that, some of the world’s brilliant mathematician, artists and scientists speak Spanish.

#12-Some Firsts

Elio Antonio de Nebrija was the first person who published the first grammar book of the Spanish language. El Canter del Mio Cid was the first literary work in the Spanish language.

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