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Do you know?
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide:
It is the second most spoken native language with 483 million native speakers.
Globally, 580 million people speak Spanish.
Spanish is the official language (or one of the official languages) in 21 countries. About 110 countries have non-native Spanish speakers.
History of the Spanish Language
The Spanish language has a long and complex history. It is a Romance language, which means it is a vernacular descendant of Latin. All the Romance languages are essentially derived from Vulgar Latin, and Spanish is no exception. Vulgar Latin is different from Classical Latin that is used in literature. It is a cluster of dialects mainly used by traders, farmers, legionaries, and people alike.
During the late 3rd Century BC, Romans started occupying Peninsula, and they brought a dialect of spoken Latin to the Iberian Peninsula. This dialect, mixed with the languages of the locals, including Iberians and Celts, started taking a unique form. In the 4th century, when the Roman Empire collapsed, Germanic groups including Visigoths, Burgundians, Swabians, Franks, and others started conquering the former Roman provinces. The dialect was further modified during this time as this new influence accelerated the change. Historians believe this is when the language we know as Spanish first started to take shape.
After the Germanic tribes, the Muslim Moorish conquered the area, and this group introduced Arabic. Around this time, more than 4,000 Arabic words entered the Spanish vocabulary, which is why you can identify similarities between the phonology of these two languages.
Following 700 BC, the Kingdom of Castile started occupying the area defeating Moors. During this time, the Spanish language began to spread through narrative poems about Castilian heroes.
10th century onwards, Spanish texts from this area started to exhibit Romance features, but it took another two centuries to get a clear Spanish look. The kings of this area began commissioning scribes to translate classic literature into Spanish. The first Spanish dictionary was published in 1611 by Sebastian de Covarrubias.
The Real Academica Espaola, founded in 1713, is the body that first formalized modern-day Spanish. During this time, Hispanic literature was flourished to a great extent and, thanks to language’s free word order, gave birth to diverse literary styles.
In the following years, the language underwent further modifications, and its speakers introduced newer words.
Why learn Spanish?
How to learn Spanish?
Is it hard to learn Spanish?
Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn, especially if you are exposed to English or any Romance language. The sentence structure is pretty similar to English as both use Subject, Verb, Object structure; however, adjective order is different.
What makes it challenging to learn Spanish?
Spanish is a gendered language. The nouns in Spanish have assigned genders, and there is no fixed rule on how the genders are assigned to a noun. That means you are expected to remember if a noun is masculine or feminine. The adjectives and articles around the noun also change according to gender.
Another thing that makes it challenging is its irregular verbs that do not follow any conjugation pattern. Unfortunately, these irregular verbs are very much a part of daily conversation, and there is no way to avoid them. In the beginning, it may seem random and difficult to follow. However, once you start learning the language, you will find patterns.
Spanish is also spoken at a much faster rate than most other languages. In fact, it is the second-fastest language in the world. This speed often makes it challenging to follow native speakers, even if you have a basic knowledge of Spanish grammar and diction.