Spanish language facts
- After Chinese and English
Spanish is the most commonly used language world wide.
- Spanish, like all Romance languages, derives from Latin, with
Castilian being considered to be the purest form of Spanish.
- Spanish in Spain and
Spanish in Latin America vary slightly as the languages have evolved
since the colonization of the Americas. The most obvious influence
is the use of indigenous words in Latin America and differing
Some characteristics or Spanish language
- Spanish is pronounced phonetically!
However, beware of the trilled r which is somewhat complex to
reproduce. The letter b and v are indistinguishable. The letter
h is silent.
- Formal / informal address
Deference and politeness is expressed by the switch between 2nd
person tú and 3rd person usted.
- ser vs estar
2 verbs denote the concept of to be. Ser is used for permanent
states, estar is used to describe temporary things and to indicate
- Inflection, declination and grammatical gender are important
features of Spanish grammar
- Spanish uses 3 letters in addition to the English alphabet:
'ñ' and the letter combinations 'ch' and 'll', which are
treated as single letters. 'W' originally wasn't part of the Spanish
alphabet. It has been included to accommodate words of foreign
- Vowels in Spanish can carry an accent mark: á,
é, í, ó and ú