Do you love the Spanish language? I do too! That’s why I want to present 7 important facts about Spanish in this video that will make you want to learn it even more! And as everybody knows, motivation is the most important factor when it comes to learning a language!
If you’ve been watching our videos, you probably know a lot of Spanish chunks already, maybe even learned about Latin American culture as well, pero, ¿qué tan bien conoces realmente el idioma español? (but how well do you actually know the Spanish language?)
Well, if you really want to know how interesting Spanish can be, then sit tight because today I’ll show you 7 interesting and very important facts about Spanish! All of them are great, but number 7 will really blow your mind and make you want to learn our language!
1. More than 500 million people speak Spanish
Yeah, you got that right: Spanish is the native tongue of an estimated 500 million people, making it the world’s second most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by over a billion people.
Spanish surpasses English in its number of speakers, as English comes in third place with 335 million native speakers around the world.
Want to become part of that vast community of Spanish speakers and be able to communicate with 500 million more people? The best way to start: subscribe to our channel and hit that bell, because with us you’ll get five free Spanish Lessons every week! Empieza a hablar español con Spring Spanish. (And start speaking Spanish with Spring Spanish)
2. Twenty-one countries have Spanish as their official language
Twenty-one Countries? Even I didn’t know that Spanish is an official language in 21 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Besides that, it also serves as a key language in a handful of dependent territories.
Many international companies and organizations, including the United Nations, have adopted Spanish as one of their official languages. Bottom line: Si hablas español, ¡puedes comunicarte con el dieciséis por ciento de los países del mundo! (If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with 16% of thecountries in the world!) That is a lot of countries my friends.
3. The Royal Spanish Academy is “in charge” of the language
Yes, we have our own language police: The Royal Spanish Academy is officially responsible for being the custodian of the Spanish language.
It has its home in Madrid and operates a lot of language academies in the other countries that speak Spanish, where it is also recognized. But don’t worry, keep on practicing and making mistakes, because even though they have invented many features that are officially used in Spanish, they haven’t invented the language jail… YET.
By the way, here at Spring Spanish we don’t really believe in an “institution” imposing rules you have to learn by heart to speak Spanish. The best way to learn Spanish is by listening to native speakers speak Spanish… see exactly what they say… the exact word combinations (or chunks, as we call them) they use… and then learn these by heart and use them yourself!
I’ll give you an example of a chunk later in this article, but if you’d like to learn more about this chunking method (that, honestly, is just way more fun and effective than cramming grammar rules), check out the free Spanish chunking training we have on our website!
4. Spanish has unique letters and exclamation and question marks
Yes, we love to know where our questions and exclamations start…
One of the things The Royal Spanish Academy prides itself on is inventing the use of the inverted question and exclamation marks, which are unique to the Spanish language. ¿Sabías esto? ¡Apuesto a que no! (Did you know this? I bet you didn’t!)
Another unique feature the Royal Spanish Academy is responsible for is letter Ñ, which is vastly used in Spanish in words like niño, año, compañero or montaña (kid, year, partner or mountain).
5. Spanish is one of the Romance languages
The Romance Languages or Latin Languages evolved from spoken Latin between the sixth and ninth century A.D. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the former population continued to speak in Latin, and it eventually diverged into completely new languages based on the regions in which it was spoken.
Some of the Romance languages are French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. Also, Spanish expanded as Spain developed its colonial empire, mainly to the Americas. If you think about it, that’s where the Latino América name comes from, and that’s why we’re called Latinos. Tiene sentido, ¿no? (Makes sense, right?)
Tiene sentido, ¿no? is a great chunk to learn, as you can use it to rhetorically ask whether something is clear. Also, in Spanish something “has sense” (tener sentido), but in English it makes sense. Confusing, right? That’s why you should just learn it by heart as a whole, so you always get it right. Also, I use it all the time, so you can be sure it comes from a trusted source.
6. Mexico is the country with the most Spanish speakers in the world
With more than 120 million inhabitants, Mexico is currently the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, so if you’re learning Spanish, the chances are you’ll run into a Mexico reference sooner or later.
And guess what? All the other Spring Spanish teachers are Mexicans, and we’ve prepared many videos about Mexico, its variant of Spanish and its culture. So, subscribe to our channel and don’t miss them!
7. The USA will become the country with the most Spanish speakers in the world by 2050
This is the one I told you would blow your mind earlier…
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Spanish-speaking population in the United States will reach 132.8 million by 2050, and this country will become the largest Spanish-speaking country.
Nowadays, the United States' Hispanic population is more numerous than the entire population of Spain. There are more Spanish speakers in the United States than there are speakers of Chinese, French, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.
So, what do you think? That last fact right there should give you a desire to learn the language.
Any long-term thinker knows that Spanish is going to be as important as English in the future years. So, start investing in your future and check out our free Spanish Training, the one on our website, where we explain the chunking method we use to have you Speak Spanish fluently!