Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages across the world, with around 329 million native speakers across the globe. It’s no wonder then that our Spanish subtitling services are so popular! Here are five interesting facts that you might not know about the Spanish language.
1. It is the official language of 22 countries across the globe
Thanks to the Spanish conquest of many communities across the world in the 1500s, including the famous Inca and Aztec empires, Spanish is the official language in 22 countries. That’s an impressive number, and makes Spanish the fourth most popular official language, following English, French and Arabic. However, in terms of how many people speak the language, Spanish ranks second after Mandarin Chinese.
2. Not all Spanish people speak Spanish
This may surprise some people, but many inhabitants of Spain do not speak Spanish as their first language. There are five official, and two unofficial, languages in Spain: Spanish, Galician, Basque, Catalan, Aragonese, Aranese, and Asturian.
3. Learning how to speak Spanish can help with other languages
Spanish is what is known as a Romance language, with its origins in Latin. This means it is similar to many other languages in terms of sentence structure and grammatical rules, as well as having similarities in some of the vocabulary. If you learn Spanish, it will make it easier for you to pick up Portuguese, French, and Italian.
4. The USA is predicted to become the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
The USA is currently home to the second largest number of Spanish speakers (Mexico is first, with 114 million speakers). There are currently around 40 million native Spanish speakers in the USA. By 2050, it is estimated this number will rise, putting the USA above Mexico.
5. Spanish has been heavily influenced by Arabic
Whilst Spanish is a language derived from Latin, it was also heavily influenced by Arabic, as a result of the Moors from North Africa ruling Spain for 800 years. The language is constantly evolving and, today, the language with the most influence is English. Over the past few years, Spanish has adopted several English words and phrases.