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A Spanish language overview – fun facts and phrases

Ever wanted to learn Spanish? Here’s a few facts and phrases to help you get on your way…

Where is Spanish spoken?
Apart from Spain of course, Spanish is also spoken across Central and South American countries as well as in Equatorial Guinea, the Western Sahara and the Philippines!

There are also an increasing number of Spanish speakers in the USA due to migration from Central and South America.

How many native Spanish speakers are there in the world?
There are over 400 million native Spanish speakers, making it the second most spoken language in the world!

Is Spanish an easy language to learn?
Spanish is a Romance language of Latin origin, meaning that if you already speak French, Italian or Portuguese you’ll find a lot of similarities. Also, being a phonetic language, it is one of the easier languages to pronounce as everything is pronounced in the same way as it is written.

Did you know…

  • Just like British and American English, European and Latin American Spanish are quite different. There are differences in both the grammar and vocabulary
  • “Castellano” is another name for European Spanish
  • La Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy) is the arbiter of what is considered standard Spanish
  • Many Spanish words have been influenced by Arabic

How do you say…?
How are you? | ¿Cómo estás?
I’m fine thanks, and you? | Bien gracias, ¿y tú?
What’s your name? | ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is… | Me llamo…
Where is…? | ¿Dónde está…?
How do you say…in Spanish? | ¿Cómo se dice…en Español?
Can you help me please?¿ | Puedes ayudarme por favor?
Can you repeat that please?¿ | Puedes repetir por favor?
Thank you very much | Muchas gracias
See you later! | ¡Hasta luego!

So that’s the language, but what about the Spanish culture?

  • Contrary to popular belief, support for bullfighting has fallen considerably
  • Beret’s were invented in the Basque region of Spain, not in France!
  • Much of Spain was under Muslim rule for over 300 years, but the majority of Spaniards are Catholic
  • Spain has the second highest number of bars per inhabitant
  • In Spain a meal isn’t a meal without bread!
  • There are more flights per week between Madrid and Barcelona than between any other cities in the world

For more information on our Spanish language services, click here.

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About Sharon Stephens

Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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