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Spanish (/ˈspænɪʃ/; ), also called Castilian (/kæˈstɪliən/, ), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers around the world. It is usually considered the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. Spanish is a part of the Ibero-Romance group of languages, which evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in Iberia after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. The oldest Latin texts with traces of Spanish come from mid-northern Iberia in the 9th century, and the first systematic written use of the language happened in Toledo, then capital of the Kingdom of Castile, in the 13th century. Beginning in the early 16th century, Spanish was taken to the colonies of the Spanish Empire, most notably to the Americas, as well as territories in Africa, Oceania and the Philippines.

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It's funny how easily students are able to translate a phrase from Spanish to English or English to Spanish. However, they can't seem to correctly pronounce a word and "roll" their r's when they say a verb such as correr. The BEST way to learn to speak the language is...to speak it! The more you practice speaking in that language, the better you will become. My Spanish teacher used to even take students to Spanish-speaking countries because the fastest way to learn a new language is to use it every single day.

Contributed by Sarah Potter

Actually, many different countries use different words for 'you' and 'you all.' The most common is the use of 'tú' for informal and 'usted' for formal, using 'ustedes' for any kind of 'you all.' There are countries that only use 'usted' and 'ustedes' because they have completely dropped the 'tú' form, and still more than use 'vos' for informal 'you.' Spain is an interesting exception because they have an informal form of 'you all,' which is 'vosotros.' It also comes with its own conjugation. In some parts of Spain, a different form of past tense subjunctive is used than the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, for example saying 'fuese' instead of 'fuera.' Different words are also used in various Spanish-speaking for seemingly everyday objects. For example, 'melocotón' in Spain means 'peach,' but in Mexico, you would say 'durazno.'

Contributed by Jackie Fleming

Many people try to put "ito" on the end of a word to make it "sound Spanish", when in reality adding "-ito" means little! For example, burrito literally translates to "little donkey" in Spanish :)

Contributed by Kelly MacMillan

Try not to add an 'o' to the end of every English word when you can't remember Spanish lessons.. If you say you're embarrassed and try adding an 'o' at the end, it sounds close enough to saying you're pregnant X_x

Contributed by Johanna L Garcia

well, in my Spanish class the only way we can go to the restroom was to ask in Spanish, "¿Puedo it al baño Señora Sorrano?" so, to get votes can I ask in Spanish? "¿Pueden votar por mí?"

Contributed by Nelsy Padilla

LOL

Contributed by Mary Joseph

So true (no me gusta)

Contributed by Mary Joseph

Lol!

Contributed by Mary Joseph

One of the best Spanish Speaking Youtubers I have found!

Contributed by Joselyn Rojas

THE BEST LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD. I have been learning the Spanish language for over 5 years now. I absolutely love everything about it. Although it is a difficult language to learn, I find it interesting that the grammar and pronunciation is different from Korean and English.

Contributed by Jennifer Lee

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