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Did you know about Spanish?
- Spanish is the most widely spoken Romance language in the world, spoken by more than 400 million people, and is the official language of 21 countries. Only a tenth of native Spanish speakers live in Spain, most of them Mexicans. Colonialism has led to a rapid spread of the language over a vast area. The rapid spread of the language is illustrated by the fact that in the early 19th century the Spanish-speaking population of the Americas was just over three million, a figure that has now increased almost a hundredfold.
- Among the modern European languages, Spanish was the first to have its grammatical rules formally written down, thus taking the first step towards the standardisation and formalisation of a vulgar Latin version. The document was written by Antonio de Nebrija in Salamanca in 1492 and was entitled Grammatica (in Latin) - Gramática Castellana in Spanish.
- According to some sources, Spanish is the easiest language in the world. However, objectively speaking, there is no difference between languages in terms of difficulty, as all languages are equally capable of expressing ideas or naming things and concepts to their native speakers. However, a native speaker of Greek, Italian or Romanian learns Spanish easily because they are phonetically and grammatically close - being Indo-European languages.
- Find out more about the history of the Spanish language on Wikipedia.
Did you know about Spanish grammar?
- Male and female. Spanish grammar distinguishes between masculine and feminine gender, with personal, demonstrative and certain relevant pronouns, as well as the definite article, having a neutral gender; verbs are conjugated according to number, person and tense (including the distinction of compound verb tenses expressing mode, aspect and tense) (also in Hungarian, but with far fewer verb tenses than in Spanish), with many frequently used irregular verbs. Personal pronouns also have cases - in Spanish, three different verbs of existence are used, depending on whether you want to express a permanent and immutable, a temporary or acquired property, or the mere occurrence of something in a particular place.
- It is the only Romance language that does not have any vowel sounds. This is extremely rare even among Indo-European languages. Although it was also the case in Latin, it is not a direct precursor of the current Spanish situation, since Old Spanish still had [z], [dz] and [zs]. With the exception of Ladino, which still preserves the [z] and [zs] sounds, this system has been simplified in Spanish.
- Centring. Turned 180 degrees, the exclamation mark and question mark are also placed before the sentence. This was introduced to make it easier to tell whether the sentence contains a question or an exclamation, since in Spanish, because of the freedom of the word order, it is often only the pronunciation that distinguishes between declarative, interrogative and exclamatory sentences.
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