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Spanish, also known in Spain as Castilian (castellano) – having originated in the Castile region, is a Romance language of the Indo-European linguistic family. It evolved from Vulgar Latin brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans during the Second Punic War that took place during the last decade of the 3rd century BC. It further developed on the basis of several local dialects of Latin, especially following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. The oldest Latin texts which show traces of Spanish come from the 9th century, but the first-known document containing notes in Spanish (and Basque), on the margins of a Latin religious manuscript, was ‘las Glosas Emilianenses’ (Glosses of Saint Emilianus), dated to 964.
However, the first systematic written use of the language seems to have happened later in the 13th century in the capital of the Kingdom of Castile, Toledo, gradually spreading to other parts of Spain. This process accelerated with the end of Reconquista – re-conquest of Spain by the Christian kingdoms that ended with the fall of the last Islamic state in the Iberian Peninsula -. Granada, 1492. It was the same year when the Gramática de la lengua castellana was written by Elio Antonio de Nebrija, appearing to be the first grammar book of a modern European language.
Spanish language spread furtheraround the globe from sixteenth century onwards – with the discovery of America and the Spanish colonization of what is now Latin America and South East of the United States, as well as the Spanish East Indies (comprising the Philippines, the Mariana Islands, and the Caroline Islands). Later, in early twentieth century, Spanish was also introduced to some parts of Africa, namely Equatorial Guinea and the Western Sahara, in addition to Spanish territories in North Africa (Ceuta, Melilla, and the Canary Islands). While in Philippines and some other areas Spanish was later replaced by English and some local languages, it is still one of the most widespread languages in the world.
Spanish is a an official language in 21 countries other than Spain, including such states as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia and Panamá. Consequently, Spanish is the second most used mother tongue worldwide, with a total of above 400 million native speakers. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers with 114 million, followed by the United States with ca. 50 million, then followed closely by Colombia, Spain and Argentina in respective order.
Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, also used as an official language by the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Union of South American Nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and a number of other international organizations.
Globally, more than 450 million people speak Spanish, a language which has become the second most important language of international communication and the third most used on the internet. According to an Instituto Cervantes study, it is expected that by 2030 around 7.5% of the world’s population will be Spanish speakers. Thus, only Chinese would exceed Spanish in terms of the number of native speakers. This study also concludes that, in three or four generations, 10% of the world population will understand Spanish.
Studying Spanish in schools and universities has grown in popularity, and it is becoming increasingly popular in Asia, reflecting its importance in global markets. The growing interest for the language and for its future impact is obvious as Spanish is currently the third most studied language among foreigners, only behind English and French, and ahead of German. This means that around 20 million people study Spanish as a foreign language, and the numbers are growing. One of the reasons for such popularity is also the fact that Spanish is fairly easy to learn, especially when it comes to spelling, reading and speaking. Still, when learning Spanish, one should be reminded of the words of the most famous Spanish writer – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: “Diligence is the mother of good fortune”.
Spanish is a phonetic language, which means that one pronounces letters consistently as each letter represents a certain sound. While the majority of Spanish words are derived from Latin (around 75%), the language that has had the second biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic, so that ca. 8% of Spanish vocabulary is of Arabic origin. Today, however, the foreign language exerting the most influence is English. Spanish is written in the Latin script, with the only addition of the character ñ (eñe – palatal nasal ‘n’). Due to its Latin origin, Spanish is closely related to other Romance languages such as French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan or Romanian, sharing grammatical structure and similarities in vocabulary. Also, while there are some variations between the Spanish spoken in Spain and the Latin American Spanish, mainly shown in pronunciation and intonation, however these would not impede mutual understanding nor communication.
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