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Anastasia, the polyglot, is learning Spanish


About the Spanish language

The Spanish language structure

  1. What is the alphabet and reading? Sounds and pronunciation. 
  2. What are the parts of speech and how do they change? 
  3. What are the rules for sentence building, including active and passive voice? 
  4. Special conversational sentences like I wonder… There is… It is… 
  5. What is the tenses structure, including sequence of tenses?
  6. Special topics: time, weather, numbers with money, years and floor, self-description.
  7. The Cases.
  8. Moods and decorations. What if… I wish… If only…

Spanish: A Language That Spans the Globe

Imagine a language that started in a place called Spain but traveled far and wide, making friends all over the world. That’s Spanish! 

The main language in 20 countries across the globe is Spanish. By 2023, approximately 486 million individuals are believed to be native Spanish speakers, positioning it as the second most widely spoken language in terms of native speakers.

The history of the Spanish language is a fascinating journey that spans many years and places. It all started on the Iberian Peninsula, where people spoke different versions of Latin, like the Visigoths and Romans. Over time, these versions of Latin blended together and turned into what we now call Spanish.

During the time of the Moors, who were Arabic speakers, Spanish picked up many new words related to science, art, and everyday life. This mix of languages made Spanish unique and rich in vocabulary.

In the 15th century, Spain became one country when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella got married. This helped spread the Spanish language to different parts of the world as explorers sailed to new lands.

Famous writers like Cervantes wrote incredible stories in Spanish. His most famous book, “Don Quixote,” is known all over the world and changed how people told stories.

Spanish also traveled across the seas to the Americas, where it mixed with the languages of indigenous people. This blending created new varieties of Spanish that are spoken in different countries today.

Throughout history, Spanish played a big role in important events like revolutions and fights for fairness. This language has connected people from different cultures and backgrounds. Nowadays, Spanish is spoken by millions of people and is the second most spoken language globally. The history of Spanish shows us how languages can bring people together and shape the way we understand each other.


Here are some cool things to know about Spanish:

1. Beginnings in Spain: Spanish started in Spain a long time ago. People spoke different versions of it, and they mixed together to create the Spanish we know today.

2. Adventures in Latin America: Spanish didn’t stay put in Spain. It went on a big adventure to places like Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. People in these countries speak Spanish too!

3. Different Flavors: Just like ice cream comes in different flavors, Spanish has different “flavors” too. Each country adds its own special touch to the language, like how they talk and the words they use.

4. Magic in Books: Spanish isn’t just for talking—it’s also for writing magical stories! Authors like Gabriel García Márquez made amazing tales that mix real life with magic. It’s like reading a dream!

5. Friends Everywhere: Spanish didn’t stop at countries where it’s official. In some places, like Equatorial Guinea, people also speak Spanish. Even in spots where it’s not the main language, you can find people chatting away in Spanish.

So, Spanish isn’t just a language. It’s like a traveler, exploring new places and making friends along the way. It’s a language that brings people together, no matter where they’re from.


5 Interesting facts about the Spanish language

  1. Diverse Varieties: Spanish, often called Castilian, has numerous regional variations across the Spanish-speaking world. The Spanish spoken in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and other countries can differ in pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar. These variations reflect the rich cultural tapestry of each region.

  2. Second Most Spoken Language: Spanish holds the distinction of being the second most spoken language by native speakers globally, after Mandarin Chinese. It’s estimated that over 460 million people speak Spanish as their first language.

  3. Influence from Arabic: During the period of Moorish rule in the Iberian Peninsula, Spanish absorbed a significant number of words from Arabic. These words, known as “Mozarabic” or “Andalusi Romance,” enriched the Spanish vocabulary, especially in fields like science, mathematics, and architecture.

  4. Magical Realism Literature: Spanish literature has given birth to the captivating genre of magical realism. Writers like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende masterfully blend the fantastical with the everyday, creating stories where the extraordinary becomes part of daily life.

  5. Phonetic Consistency: Spanish is renowned for its consistent and phonetic spelling system, where letters are typically pronounced as they are written. This feature makes it relatively straightforward for learners to read and write in Spanish compared to languages with more complex phonetic rules.

These intriguing aspects of the Spanish language reflect its deep historical roots, its adaptability to diverse contexts, and its profound impact on culture and communication.