Where Did The Spanish Language Come From?
Ever wondered where the Spanish language came from and how it has evolved into the language you know today? Well, look no further! In our blog post, we’ll be uncovering the origins of the Spanish language. Allow us to take you on a journey…
The Spanish we know and speak today originated from the Castilian dialect which arose in Cantabria (North-Central Spain) in the early 9th century. Following years of settlement and the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (modern-day Spain and Portugal), Castilian became the official language of all of Spain. Thus, leaving other Spanish dialects crowded out with the exception of Basque and Catalan; still spoken in their respective regions
Spanish was introduced to new countries across the Atlantic from Spain with thanks to Spanish explorers in the 16th and 17th centuries; the language spread quickly throughout America and the Caribbean.
Spanish, along with other Latin languages like French, Italian and Portuguese, is one of the Romance languages. At the heart of the language, Spanish has gained many of its rules of grammar and syntax from Latin. As well as having Latin influences, Spanish has also derived some influences from Greek, Arabic, and the native cultures of America. This has all become part of what we know today as the modern Spanish language.
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Nowadays, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin. Today, there are more than 577 million speakers across the world which is equivalent to 7.6% of the global population! Spanish is an official language for around 20 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. These countries are extremely popular destinations amongst tourists and travellers alike, so make sure to brush up on your Spanish skills when visiting to really make a lasting impression!
At Battersea, we love learning more about different Spanish speaking country’s culture, which is why we have created our ‘Netflix and Spanish Conversation Course’ to mix TV with language learning. In this course, start watching a series on of the four-country and Spanish / Latin American series in class and open a conversation into how each show has portrayed its respective culture and country. If you don’t mind watching TV as your homework, then contact us on 02 030 957 382 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information!