An Overview of the Spanish Language
Spanish developed from a form of Latin left behind by the Roman Empire. The influence of the Church and the official Latin texts maintained the Romantic aspects of the language, and influence from other nearby dialects such as Portuguese and Basque developed Old Spanish gradually into the language that we know today.
Spanish is now one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and can be found across the globe from South America to Africa, and of course, Europe.
The History of Spanish
Christopher Columbus' journey to the "New World" is important for so many reasons, and was one of the events that have shaped the world as we know it. The following centuries saw many Spanish explorers follow in Columbus' footsteps, conquering native forces and setting up communities in South America. This brought about a huge cultural shift in the region, with Spanish quickly becoming the main language in lots of South American regions. Even when countries such as Mexico and Argentina attained their independence, their version of the Spanish language was so ingrained in their culture that they continued to speak it.
In 18th Century Spain, the Royal Spanish Academy standardised the Spanish language - ensuring that there was an official language by producing dictionaries and guides designed to encourage standard Spanish.
Interesting Spanish Language Facts:
Roughly 406 million people speak Spanish as their native first tongue.
Spanish is often called Castellano, or Español to native speakers.
Spanish is an official language of the UN.
The USA has nearly 40 million Spanish speakers.
Spanish has recently surpassed French as the second most learned language in the world. Its usefulness grows over time, and the influence of South American culture on the USA and the rest of the world has had a big impact on the popularity of written and spoken Spanish. In fact, the demand for Spanish lessons has doubled in the last decade.
The key to learning Spanish is to immerse yourself in the language, the culture, and the food. Being in Oxford, we are at the centre of the learning world, and due to the strong student presence, we have a large Spanish population for a small city. This brings unique opportunities to meet Spanish people, enjoy their music, their cuisine, and their sense of humour. If you get a chance to immerse yourself in culture while learning a language, it will certainly help. The more fun you have, the better you'll learn the language.
Learning Spanish with Overpass Apps
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