Some facts about Spanish that you should know if you want to learn to speak Spanish

Jan 15, 2021

If you are a beginner and want to learn to speak Spanish, you better have some data that will be very helpful to learn Spanish in a faster waymerica, but the truth is that it is a very widespread language and is currently spoken on all six continents.

Europe: in Spain.

America: in all the countries of Central and South America, except from Brazil, there are already millions of people who speak it as a second language.

Africa: Spanish is spoken in Ceuta and Melilla, also in the Canary Islands, Equatorial Guinea and Western Sahara.

Oceania: on Easter Island, in Polynesia.

Antarctica: it may seem strange, on this continent Spanish is spoken in the Argentine town of Fortín Sargento Cabral and in Villa La Estrella, a Chilean town, also located in Antartica.

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It is the fastest language to pronounce and it is very “sharp”: Language speed is based on the number of syllables an average speaker can pronounce per second. Spanish is the fastest language in the world, and shares the position with the Japanese. On the opposite side are German and Mandarin, which are the slowest languages to pronounce.


In all the countries of Central and South America, except from Brazil, there are already millions of people who speak it as a second language.

Formerly the Castilian was known as “El Cristiano” (which means The Christian): When the Arabs arrived in southern Spain, most of the population used this word to differentiate people who spoke Spanish from those who spoke Arabic, since the latter were Muslims.

  • By the year 2050, the United States will be the country where Spanish is spoken the most: Currently, with more than 100 million speakers, Mexico leads the ranking as the first Spanish-speaking country in the world, in 2050 it is expected to have been surpassed by the United States, where the population that speaks Spanish is growing at high speed, due to the high migration in Latin America, therefore it will be a mixture of the different accents of the continent, since not only Mexicans are there, Colombians, Guatemalans and even Argentines, they emigrate each year to the United States.
  • World Spanish Language Day is celebrated on April 23 in honor of the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes: he was author of Don Quijote de la Mancha, the most published and translated book in history after the Bible. Cervantes died on April 22, 1616, but his death was recorded on the day of his burial, April 23, so that date was taken.
  • There are multiple variations of Spanish in Latin America: The Spanish of the Andes Mountains includes the mountainous regions of Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. Andean people are usually the kindest and most respectful people, formal when it comes to speaking and they tend to use diminutives.
  • Caribbean Spanish is deeply marked by idioms: it has a strong influence from Andalusia and the Canary Islands of Spain. This variation is typical of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, and the coastal regions of Venezuela and Colombia.
  • Paraguayan Spanish is deeply mixed with the native Guaraní language: In addition to being spoken in Paraguay, it is also common to hear it in the provinces of Misiones, Corrientes, Formosa and the Chaco.
  • Rioplatense Spanish is a dialect of the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Uruguay: It differs from the rest of Latin America for multiple reasons, the main one being the change of the pronoun “tú” to use “vos”, some words vary in accentuation and words with “elle” sound like “ye” and in some regions like “sh ”.
  • Spanish has 88,000 words: The dictionary of the RAE contains no less than 88,000 words. Some of them downright weird. However, although it may seem a very high figure, English surpasses it with 350,000 words.

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