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Interesting Facts About Spanish and the Spanish Language!

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SPANISH AND THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

Here are some helpful (or just for fun) facts about Spanish and the Spanish language!

  1. Spanish is spoken by 500 million (500,000,000) people with a growing trend that will reach 600 million (600,000,000) speakers by 2050.

  2. Spanish was the diplomatic language up till the 1800's.

  3. There have been 11 literature Nobel Prizes in Spanish.

  4. Spanish is the second most studied language in the world. In 2010, the number of people studying as a second language was more than 20 million (20,000,000).

  5. In three generations, 10% of the world population will be able to communicate in Spanish.

  6. After Latin, the language that has had the biggest historic influence on Spanish is Arabic.

  7. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers with 114 million (114,000,000) followed by the United States with 50 million (50,000,000).

  8. Some countries use the term Español and others prefer to use Castellano to refer Spanish.

  9. In 2005, the National Congress of Brazil approved a bill, signed into law by the President, making teaching the Spanish language mandatory in both public and private secondary schools in Brazil.

  10. The United States has almost 40 million (40,000,000) native Spanish speakers. By 2050, it will become the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

  11. Las Glosas Emilianenses (Glosses of Saint Emilianus) was the first written Spanish record dating back to 964. The first literary work fully written in Spanish was El Cantar del Mio Cid, an anonymous poem from the 12th century.

  12. Spanish is the...

    • Official language of 22 countries
    • 2nd largest native language in the world
    • 2nd language used for international communication
    • 3rd most used language on the Internet
  13. The Spanish grammar was created by Elio Antonio de Nebrija and was published in 1492. (The same year Columbus arrived in America).

That's it, guys! If you have some other facts, tell me!

Credit(s): http://www.speakinglatino.com/13-cool-and-interesting-facts-about-the-spanish-language/

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Some of these facts I knew, some didn't surprise me, but the majority of them were mind-blowing. Makes me proud to speak un poco de español. :) A little goes a long way.

2 years ago

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Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Official language of 22 countries

Spanish is official (de jure or de facto) in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela (that is 20 countries)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam_R_H

Very interesting!

I read a little of Nebrija's grammar in a Spanish literature course. Very far above my head, but what I did understand was very intelligent and a pleasure to read.

2 years ago

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Viva el español!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BassettMahayla

What is the first most studied language in the world? English?

2 years ago

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Yes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Spanish is my mother tongue! Yeah!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marcos41247

Really interesting! It's nice looking at my native language from an outsider's perspective and realize that there were some things not even I knew! lol But it seems a bit surprising (a LOT actually) that by 2050 the States are supposed to surpass Mexico when it comes to Spanish speakers, considering that Mexico already has more than 114 million... How could that be? Too much immigration? xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/virgilio931

por eso me da orgullo hablar español, muchos de mis amigos se matan por estudiar ingles, e inclusive publican en su facebook en ingles solo para demostrar que lo dominan. haciendo de menos el español. mi ingles ha mejorado muchisimo pero solo escribo en ingles en esta pagina y en otras cuando hablo con angloparlantes pero hoy decidí escribir en español ya que me da orgullo mi lengua materna. Saludos!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_TrailBlazer_

Lo sentimos, pero no hablo español completamente todavía. Pero sé lo que quieres decir porque estoy usando un traductor. Lo siento mucho por sus amigos, y también estoy contento de que se está hablando en la lengua de su madre.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dianea233501

if 500 million people are learning Spanish I am happy to be one of them

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BassettMahayla

Los Angeles too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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Could you move this post to the Spanish forum? Don't delete it and create a new one, just click edit, and change the forum it's posted in.

2 years ago

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Sure.

2 years ago

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Thanks for sharing! Could you perhaps provide sources for some of these? Especially the ones regarding population figures and future predictions. For example, the figures for the number of Spanish speakers in the US given in #7 and #10 contradict each other. Also, can you please explain #2? Between which nations, and starting when?

2 years ago

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<h1>7 and #10 are different because #7 says that the U.S. has 50 million Spanish speakers, while #10 says that the U.S. has 40 million "native" speakers.</h1>

And sure! I'll give credit.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Balaur
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¡Gracias!

2 years ago

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De nada.

2 years ago

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wow Spanish is a popular language I am so glad that I am learning all these tips are inspiring .

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PortugalCove

Not only is Spanish spoken by a lot of Americans but several US states' names have Spanish origins- Florida, Colorado, Nevada.

2 years ago

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Las Vegas

2 years ago

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o Puerto Rico?

2 years ago

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Not a US state, but a US territory. It isn't a part of United States, but still belongs to that government. Kind of like previously owned British territories like Aden (now Yemen) or India that have been liberated & are independently governed sovereign states.
Puerto Rico was also previously a territory of Spain, which is where it got its spanish name

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/virgilio931

you forgot Los Angeles

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BassettMahayla

Costa Rica tambien

2 years ago