About all the people who speak Spanish as their native language, more than 418 million are in Latin America and the United States, proving the global importance of Latin America Spanish language.
Pronunciation varies from country to country and from region to region, just as English pronunciation varies from one place to another. In general terms, the speech of the American Spanish shows many common features akin to southern Spanish variants. Also in Latin American Spanish, loanwords directly from English are relatively more frequent, and often foreign spellings are left intact. One notable trend is the higher abundance of loan words taken from English in Latin America as well as words derived from English.
For a start, what is the language called? In Latin America, it is normal to call it Castellano (Castilian, after the Castile region) as opposed to español (Spanish). This is also true in parts of Spain, where regional languages such as Galician and Catalan are official languages that could also be labeled “Spanish”.
The Spanish language is the most widely spoken Romance language, both in terms of the number of speakers and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language.
There are more than 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Pronunciation and usage of spoken Spanish language naturally vary among countries, but regional differences are not so great as to make the language unintelligible to speakers from different areas. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a single spoken “Spanish”. There are different Spanish dialects because of the evolution of the Spanish language in different regions.
The Spanish-speaking population is one of the fastest-growing segments in the world, especially in the United States. The Spanish-speaking segment constitutes a huge community that shares products, services, and culture, offering businesses and institutions a truly unique growth opportunity. Here are some important facts regarding the Spanish language:
Spanish, the official language in twenty-one countries, is the third most widely-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin.
More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide.
Experts predict that by the year 2050, there will be 530 million Spanish speakers, of which 100 million will be living in the United States.
Hence, as you can imagine, the demand for having documents and communications in Spanish is growing at exponential rates. This is especially true in the United States where the Hispanic population has recently become the largest minority in the country.
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