Spanish language resources
Spanish is spoken on a daily basis in: Uruguay, Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Additional background on
Spanish (espaņol) or Castilian (castellano) is an Iberian Romance language. It was spoken by roughly 364 million people in the year 2000 . Current estimation accounts up to 410 million, making Spanish the most widely spoken Romance language.
Spanish originated as a dialect in the Cantabria region of Spain; from that region, its use gradually spread to the kingdom of Castile, where it became the principal language of government and trade. It was later brought to the Western Hemisphere and other parts of the world in the last five centuries by Spanish explorers, colonists and empire-builders. Spanish is one of six official working languages of the United Nations and one of the most used global languages, along with English. It is spoken on all continents, most extensively in North and South America, Europe, and certain parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania. Within the globalized market, there is currently an international expansion and recognition of the Spanish language in literature, the film industry, television (notably telenovelas) and mostly music.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.