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The origin of the spanish language
Spanish (español) or Castilian (castellano) is a Romance language originally from the northern area of Spain. From there, its use gradually spread inside the Kingdom of Castile, where it evolved and eventually became the principal language of the government and trade. It was later taken to Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific when they were brought under Spanish colonial rule between the 15th and 19th centuries.
The importance of the spanish language
Today, it is one of the official languages of Spain, most Latin American countries, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea. In total, 21 nations use Spanish as their primary language. Spanish is also one of six official languages of the United Nations.
The language is spoken by between 322 and 400 million people natively, making Spanish the most spoken Romance language and possibly the second most spoken language by number of native speakers.
Spanish is also the second most widely spoken language in the United States and by far the most popular studied foreign language in U.S. schools and universities and in the rest of the nations of the Anglosphere in general, where on top of the widespread use of English globally, the large number of additional countries and geographic territory that Spanish allows exploring is an attractive prospect for many people. Due to proximity, linguistic similarities, and trade reasons it is also a very popular second language in Italy, Portugal, and particularly the southern states of Brazil. It is estimated that the combined total of native and non-native Spanish speakers is approximately 500 million, likely making it the fourth most spoken language by total number of speakers. Global internet usage statistics for 2007 show Spanish as the third most commonly used language on the internet, after English and Chinese.
According to George Weber's point system, Spanish is the third most influential language in the world (after English and French).
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If you want to know your level of spanish you can do the spanish test on the right. The spanish word of the day and the lesson of the week are just a small introduction to the language.
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Spanish courses in Spain
You will find that doing a spanish course in Spain goes beyond just learning the language and that it includes includes making friends, learning about the culture, doing activities and broadening your mind!
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Spanish courses at home
If you prefer to learn spanish at home online, through Ebooks or CDs there are many options.