Spanish As World’s Most Spoken Language

Spanish As World’s Most Spoken Language

Language is one of the commonest and responsive way of human communication, and presently, there are more than hundreds of main languages all across the world.  Few of them are widely spoken and Spanish language is one of them. According to statistics, in the world, the second most popular language is Spanish (just after Mandarin), and Spanish is the native language of a large community that includes 5.85% of the global population.

If we convert this percentage into a wholesome number, presently, more than 410 million people communicate via Spanish language as their mother tongue. Almost 9-10 million people across the world use Spanish as their second language.

How many countries use Spanish worldwide?

There are at least twenty (20) countries that use Spanish as their official language, or they use the language as the most popular language for their communication.

As vernacular, Spanish is spoken in the countries like Hispanic America, Spain, and the country of Equatorial Guinea. For example, in Mexico, there are total population was 112,396,211, and Spanish speaking persons are 103,527,885, in the USA it is 44,468,501, in Spain 41,848,717, and in Colombia it is 45,338,905 so on.

The twenty countries, which use Spanish as their official language  are 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.

Although Spanish is not the official language, in the parameter of popularity, it is spoken in the countries like the United States, Andorra, Belize, and Gibraltar.

A short history of Spanish language 

Philologically, Spanish, similar to the languages like French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian, is a Romance language that developed from the common vocabulary of old and pure Latin, which is termed in history of language as colloquial. It was evolved on the Iberian Peninsula, which is the southern-western corner of Europe where todays Spain and Portugal are located.

The Castilian continuance of common Latin (from Spain’s Castile area) got blended with the Arabic dialect. This mixed language was basically told by Moors, who occupied some parts of this region, and basically the standardized Spanish language was originated in around 1200s by these nomad people. The Andalusian dialect of Spanish was developed around the same era, and is still used in some part of southern Spain.

Do you know People speak more Spanish than English?

It’s a common conception that after mandarin, English is the most spoken language. But in reality, it is the Spanish language. The language serves as an official language in 20 countries (names are mentioned above) and the popularity of this language is spanned in South, Central and North America, as well as in the continents of Africa and Europe. To be candid, the popularity of Spanish is spanning every day.

How Spanish is spoken around the world

Distinct style in one of the unique features of this 2nd popular language of the world. Let’s take an example. The Argentinian accent of Spanish is arguably the most distinctive. Argentinians pronounce the double ‘l’ of ‘me llamo’ (my name is) as ‘me shamo’, while the more standard pronunciation is ‘me yamo’.

There are also certain grammatical variances and many alterations in terminology, predominantly for day-to-day stuffs such as clothes and food in the Spanish use in Argentina. For instance, Juice is called ‘zumo’ in Spain, but ‘jugo’ in most of the parts of Latin America. For clothing, in most of the Spanish-speaking countries the word ‘tee-shirt’ is  called ‘camiseta’, but it’s called ‘remera’ in Argentina, ‘polera’ in Chile, as well as ‘playera’ in Mexico.

Spanish is renowned for its suffixes

Another distinguishing aspect of Spanish language is its typical use of suffixes. The usual method is to add ‘-ito’ or ‘-ico’ at the end of a word, which is used for creating more demonstrative and friendly terms: for example, you can use ‘Juanito’ (from Juan), as well as ‘mi amorcito’ (my little love). However, in Latin America, this uses are more common: it’s not a traditional ‘café’ (coffee), but it is said as a ‘cafecito’. If it is a ‘cerveza’ (beer), it’s will be called as ‘cervecita’. This use of suffix adds a unique warmth and approachability that is friendlier, sweet in sound, and rhythmic and specialty of Spanish only.

Learning Spanish is advantageous for many reasons:

Spanish is an easy to learn language with lots of flexibility, if you learn it from the pro. It is a culturally rich language – the rich and friendly language is spoken in plenty of countries – it is one of the main languages used in the world of trade as well.

Spain is the eighth-largest goods export market in UK, and it was worth of £8.5 billion in 2012, A Spanish language expert can explore many opportunities here because of his/her expertise over the language itself. Some of these advantages are:

  • Learning Spanish will make you more marketable in the employment sector.
  • In travel and tourism a tour guide gets better advantage with his knowledge of Spanish language.
  • It is easier to learn than any other European language
  • Your communication skill will be improved at least in front of global audience with this world’s most popular language.

Spanish is a culturally rich language and it has a unique accountability.  Multi language experts recommend widely that Spanish is quite easy to learn. If you learn from an expert teacher/institute it will be easier for you to read and write, and converse in Spanish faster, and you can be one of the community members of the global Spanish community.

An Easy Shortcut to Learning and Speaking Spanish

An Easy Shortcut to Learning and Speaking Spanish

We have talked before about the benefits of learning a second language for your personal and professional life. We have also talked about how, for native English speakers, there is a benefit to know the second most popular language in the world: Spanish.

Out of all the languages in the world, Spanish is the one that can be very easy to pick up on, yet one that can be a little difficult to master. Despite being a universal language in most Latino/Hispanic country, it is one that’s has a specific word usage and lingo depending on the country that can make things confusing. Despite that, if you can focus on learning the Spanish of a specific country, you will find that there are ways you quickly catch up on it and learn the language in probably a more effective way than trying to learn it in a classroom setting. Like they tend to say: practice can be the best master.

There are quite a few tricks you can try out to get a head start towards the Spanish language. One that is very common and may sound silly, but it actually works is the fact there are almost 3013 English words that, just by changing a couple of letters at the end, will teach you the Spanish version of that word. For example, words that end with the last letters “IC” like Plastic, Traffic and Tropic can have an “O” added in the end and will basically become Spanish words and you know what those words will be. Another way is changing the words that end on “-TION” like Reservation, change the last letters to “-CION” and that already gives you the Spanish version of that word pretty instantaneously. Other words that can change easily are words that end on “-ATE”, where you only have to change those three letters to “-AR”, and that gives you the word. It’s a very easy trick that can get you started immediately on a lot of words that you’ll basically know the meaning to. It is a neat trick.

Once you know some words, another trick to learn is how to internalize a word. In this case, you can think of those specific words like let’s say the Spanish version of “beach” (“Playa”) and think of English sentences you could use the English version of that word. Then just swap the English word for the Spanish word, repeat your sentences a couple of times that way so you can start internalizing the word. One of the best ways to know you are improving with the learning of a new language is when your brain automatically thinks of a word without you having to mentally translate a word from English to Spanish. Doing this can help train your brain to automatically switch languages on the fly, which will make you a more fluent and natural speaker.

Once you start internalizing words, start thinking of important sentences you think you’d use if you were to travel to one of this Spanish speaking countries. Using them and listen to the people speak to you can help ingrain words and phrases to your brain through proper contextual use that can help you learn much quicker than a class. Once you internalize words, try reading Spanish books/news/etc. and watch Spanish TV shows and Movies to help ingrain the words constantly in your mind. Finally, make sure you can find a Spanish coach that will help you in both good and embarrassing moments, so you can gain the confidence as you learn Spanish. Do this, and you’ll find yourself speaking the language faster than you think.