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Spanish | español | [espaˈɲol]
So, what does Spanish sound like?
Would you like to hear a sample of someone speaking it? Click on the audio file to get an initial impression of a language that most people speak extremely fast! Listen to the intonation of the language as spoken by a native speaker and try and pick out sounds that we don’t use in English. And if you’re feeling really brave, try rrrrrrolling the Spanish “R” like the Spaniards do!
The audio sample is an extract from “Don Quijote” (“Don Quixote”), a picaresque novel in two parts written by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. The novel, especially the first volume which was published in 1605, is considered to be one of the best and most influential works from the Spanish literary canon and is one of the world’s most famous books. It narrates the adventures of Don Quixote, who has lost some of his mental faculties after reading too many chivalric novels. Believing that he is actually a knight, Don Quixote is determined to seek out the kind of adventures portrayed in the books he has read. At the end of the second volume he is conquered by another self-anointed knight and finally forced to return home.
On his return he falls victim to a serious illness, though this eventually restores him to sanity. The novel ends with his death. Another interesting fact is that In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Institute conducted a survey in which 100 prestigious authors from more than 50 different countries selected Miguel de Cervantes’ novel as the best book of all time.
Did you know…?
According to statistics published in February 2014, Spanish takes second place in the list of the most widely spoken languages in the world by number of native speakers, with Chinese taking the top spot and English in third place. Spanish is spoken in many countries, though in a wide variety of dialects. This has prompted efforts in some quarters, particularly the media, to use a standardized form of the language which can be readily understood by all Spanish-speaking people worldwide. This has led to a form of Spanish dubbed “international Spanish” or “neutral Spanish” which is used by the media and in many translations.
Neutral Spanish excludes regional phrases and attempts to use exclusively neutral terms. It also strives to prevent English, particularly Anglicisms, from having an unreasonably heavy influence on Spanish, particularly in Latin America.
FACT FILE Spanish
Spanish is a member of the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken by some 450 million people, of which somewhere between 390 and 406 million are native speakers, depending on the source. Spanish is spoken in Spain, Mexico, many countries of Central and South America, the USA, and the Spanish exclaves in Morocco. The language features many regional differences in spelling, vocabulary and accent. In total, Spanish has the status of an official language in more than 20 different countries. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations and, of course, the EU. Spanish is also a recognized minority language in the Philippines and Morocco.
The Real Academia Española (RAE) strives to unify the language in all Spanish-speaking countries by issuing common guidelines. The rules of Spanish are published in grammar books, spelling norms and dictionaries, the most important of which are the “Ortografía de la lengua española” (1999), the “Diccionario panhispánico de dudas” (2005), the “Nueva gramática de la lengua española” (2009) and the “Diccionario de la lengua española” (2001).