The Spanish in popularity overtakes even English, which is spoken by about 370 million speakers. And second only to Chinese, which is spoken by nearly 1.3 billion people. So Spanish is in second place, with the largest number of carriers living outside Spain. According to recent estimates, the largest number of Hispanics live in Mexico (more than 100 million), and 47 million native speakers in the homeland of the language.
1.Ispanidad - this is the name of the community of countries that have been significantly influenced by Spain and its language. Traditionally, it includes 23 countries where it is spoken, mainly Latin America, Spain, part of France, some regions of Africa, the Philippines and some islands of the Pacific region.
2.Like Italian, Spanish has a lot of dialects. Because of this, there are problems with the name of the language. It is important to know that the Spaniards themselves and residents of Latin American countries call it "Castilian." This distinguishes it from other dialects of Spain and shows where it originated.
3.Spanish was born on the basis of folk Latin, like all Romance languages. However, its formation began in the X-XV century, when the Christian rulers of these lands began to conquer them from the Muslims. This process was called the Reconquista, and as a result, Castilian replaced foreign dialects. It was the beginning of the emergence of modern Spanish.
4.One of the most important factors in the spread of this language throughout the world is the colonization of new lands. However, it is worth noting another important historical event organized by Isabella the Catholic - the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the Reconquista period, the queen ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain.
5.Spanish was born on the basis of folk Latin, like all Romance languages. However, its formation began in the X-XV century, when the Christian rulers of these lands began to conquer them from the Muslims. As a result, Castilian came to replace foreign dialects. It was the beginning of the emergence of modern Spanish.
6.For the safety, distribution and ease of communication in Spanish-speaking countries, the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language was established. She is responsible for the observance of literary and linguistic norms in all 23 countries of Spain. It was founded in 1713.
7.Spanish language in Europe and in Latin America are different. This is due to the fact that in colonial settlements, the language developed independently, taking into account mixing with the languages and dialects of those places. However, the differences are not so significant - Spaniards from around the world can easily understand each other.
8.Arabs conquered the Iberian Peninsula in the 700s of our era. Their influence on this territory was huge, because for several centuries they were masters here. They managed to expel them in 1492, but to this day the Spaniards use words borrowed from Arabic in speech. About 8 thousand words the Spaniards inherited from the invaders, but some of them are already outdated and not used.
9.The popularity of Spanish on the Internet in recent years is just off the charts. According to experts, its use on the network has grown from 800 to 2018 by 800%. In total, about 164 million Internet users communicate on it.
10.In the United States, the number of Hispanics has already exceeded 35 million inhabitants. According to experts, by 2050, the States will become the largest country with the number of Spanish speakers. This language will be spoken in the United States more than English, French, Chinese and other languages.
11.The language was recognized as one of the most phonetic in the world. With almost complete certainty, we can say that if you know how to spell a word, you can read it. Moreover, the pronunciation will be correct!
12.Spanish is one of the official languages of the United Nations and other international organizations. No wonder with so many carriers around the world!