About Spanish Language
Or Castilano (Español or Castellano) is the language of the Indo-European language family, the Romance language group. Spanish is another widely used language and is used by around 527 million people worldwide. Used not only in Spain, but also in very large parts of Central and almost all of South America.
Spanish belongs to the Romance language group and is related to languages such as French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, etc.
There are 21 countries in the world where Spanish is recognized as an official language. For example, Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa where the official language is Spanish.
Why Spanish is Castilian?
Because the Spanish language comes from the Castile region of Spain, it is also often called Castilian.
A Bit of History
The Spanish language dates back to 218 AD, when the Romans arrived on the Iberian Peninsula. It developed like other Romance languages, from vulgar Latin. The Moorish invasion of the 8th century left a great impression not only on the art and culture of the region, but also on the language – many nouns, place names and even several surnames were taken from the Arabic language.
Albufera, Guadalajara and La Mancha, for example, are just a few of the place names that come from the Arabic language. This language is also made interesting by the existence of word pairs – words of the same meaning, such as oliva-aceituna (olive) and escorpión-alacrán (scorpion). In the 15th century, the language traveled to Central America, South America and even several parts of North America.
Although this language is one and people are able to talk even if one is from Spain and the other is from Argentina. However, there are differences between the Spanish and Latin American languages.
For example, if in Spain there are both “vosotros” and “ustedes” (you are informal and formal), in Latin America the address is much more formal and even your friends are addressed with “ustedes” (formally – you). The most pronounced difference is in the pronunciation of words, for example, in some pronouns the ending “s” is dropped.
The Spanish alphabet is a modified version of the Latin alphabet consisting of 27 letters.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, Ñ, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.