24th most spoken language Datos importante4th most spoken language1.2 billion persons speak Chinese508 million speak English497 speak Hindi392 million speak Spanish
34th language most geographically widely spoken Datos importantes4th language most geographically widely spoken112 countries English60 countries French57 countries Arabic44 countries Spanish
4Influences on the language After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic. Today, the foreign language exerting the most influence is English, and Spanish has adopted hundreds of English words related to technology and culture.
8EuskeraEuskara is easily the most unusual language of Spain — and an unusual language for Europe as well, since it doesn't fit in the Indo-European family of languages that includes Spanish as well as French, English and the other Romance and Germanic languages.Euskara is the language spoken by the Basque people, an ethnic group in both Spain and France that has its own identity as well as separatist sentiments on both sides of the Franco-Spanish border. About 600,000 speak Euskara, sometimes known as Basque, as a first language.
9EuskeraWhat makes Euskara linguistically interesting is that it has not been shown conclusively to be related to any other language. In any case, it is likely that Euskara, or least the language it developed from, has been in the area for thousands of years, and at one time it was spoken in a much larger region.
10Euskara influence on Spanish and English The most common English word that comes from Euskara is "silhouette," the French spelling of a Basque surname. The most common Spanish word that came from Euskara is izquierda, "left."
11Pronunciación del Euskera TX igual que la CH española X igual que la "sh" inglesa. S igual que la "s" del norte de España. En el mismo sitio, escoja el símbolo [s]. Z igual que la "s" del sur de España; [s].* TZ es simplemente una [t] seguida de una [s], pronunciadas juntas y rápidamente.
12Euskera kaixo (hello) eskerrik asko (thank you) bai (yes) ez (no) etxe (house)esnea (milk)bat (one)jatetxea (restaurant)
13CatalánCatalan is spoken not only in Spain, but also in parts of Andorra (where it is the national language), France and Sardinia in Italy.Catalan looks something like a cross between Spanish and French, although it is a major language in its own right and, some say, may be more similar to Italian than it is to Spanish.About 4 million people use Catalan as a first language, with about that many also speaking it as a second language.
14CatalánIts alphabet is similar to that of English, although it also includes a Ç. Vowels can take both grave and acute accents (as in à and á, respectively) Grave accents are used in French and make the vowel sound more rounded. Acute is used in Spanish to show the stressed syllable. Conjugation is quite similar to Spanish's.
15Catalán sí (yes) si us plau (please) què tal? (how are you?) cantar (to sing)cotxe (car)l'home (the man)llengua, llengo (language)mitjanit (midnight)
16GallegoGalician has strong similarities to Portuguese, especially in vocabulary and syntax. It developed along with Portuguese until the 14th century, when a split developed, largely for political reasons.
17GallegoAbout 4 million people speak Galician, 3 million of them in Spain, the rest in Portugal with a few communities in Latin America.
18Gallego Galician: polo (chicken) día (day) ovo (egg) amar (love) si (yes)nom (no)ola (hello)amigo/amiga (friend)cuarto de baño baño (bathroom)comida (food)
19Castilian Spanish vs. Latin American Spanish Castilian Spanish or castellano comes from the Castilla Region of Spain – central Spain. To the people who speak it, Spanish is sometimes called español and sometimes castellano (the Spanish equivalent of "Castilian"). The labels used vary from region to region and sometimes according to political viewpoint
20Real Academia Española The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española), created in the 18th century, is widely considered the arbiter of what is considered standard Spanish. It produces authoritative dictionaries and grammar guides. Although its decisions do not have the force of law, they are widely followed in both Spain and Latin America. Among the language reforms promoted by the Academy have been the use of the inverted question mark and exclamation point (¿ and ¡). Although they have been used by people who speak some of the non-Spanish languages of Spain, they are otherwise unique to the Spanish language. Similarly unique to Spanish and a few local languages that have copied it is the ñ, which became standardized around the 14th century.
21English vs. SpanishSpanish and English share much of their vocabulary through cognates, as both languages derive many of their words from Latin and Arabic. The biggest differences in the grammar of the two languages include Spanish's use of gender, a more extensive verb conjugation and the widespread use of the subjunctive mood.