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Learn Latin American Spanish

Latin American Spanish is a Romance language with lots of similarities in grammar and vocabulary, making it easier to pick up one if you've learnt another. The Latin-based Romance languages are mostly spoken in the area of the former Western Roman Empire. However, many are now also spoken beyond Europe, including Portuguese in Brazil, Spanish in Latin America, and French in many parts of Africa. §

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Fun facts about Latin American Spanish

Whereas in European Spanish the letters z and c are pronounced as 'th' when they come before an i or e, in Latin American Spanish they are pronounced as 's'.

If you want to say that something is crazy, you can say that it's 'más loco que una cabra con pollitos'- madder than a goat with chicks.

There are quite a few differences in vocabulary between Latin American and European Spanish - compare computadora for computer, papa for potato and teléfono celular for mobile in Latin America to ordenador, patata and móvil in Spain.

A question in Spanish is marked by a question mark at the end and an upside down question mark at the beginning - like in '¿Qué hora es?' or 'What time is it?'

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