Which countries speak Spanish? Spanish belongs to the group of Romance languages and is the most widely spoken language in the world.
Only by the beginning of the twenty-first century, the number of people who speak Spanish exceeded 420,000,000 people.
List of Spanish speaking countries
- Dominican Republic,
- Colombia, Costa Rica,
- El Salvador,
Spanish is called native not only by residents of Spain, but also by a number of Latin American countries (in Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras), and about 30,000,000 people speak Spanish in the United States of America, as well as in the Philippines and in some areas of North Africa.
Spanish originates from Latin. In principle, like any language of the Romance language group, it has phonetic and lexical forms that are similar to Latin.
After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Germanic peoples entered the territory of modern Spain. As a result, it was they who had a significant impact on the formation of modern Spanish.
After Christopher Columbus “accidentally” discovered America at the end of the 15th century, a great event took place – the conquest of the New World by the Spanish conquistadors.
As a result, various dialects from numerous Indian tribes (Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, Quechus, and others) began to “stick” to the classical version of the Spanish language.
As a result, Spain creates a real colonial empire that rules for quite a long time, spreading its language to more and more new lands.
As a result, in modern Latin America there are a large number of states where Spanish is recognized as the state and official language.
Due to the fact that the formation of the Spanish language in this region was influenced by the difference in dialects, the inhabitants of Latin America use various variants of the Spanish language, which in their phonetics differ significantly from the Spanish language, which is common in Spain.
Currently, Spanish is a popular language for learning by Russian-speaking citizens.
This is due to the fact that it ranks second in the world in terms of prevalence, second only to the Mandarin accent of the Chinese language.
At the same time, the number of people who strive to learn and know Spanish at a good level is growing exponentially every year.