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About Spanish

This is the European version of Spanish, which differs from its Latin American counterpart in pronunciation, vocabulary and occasionally grammar, although all varieties of Spanish are mutually understandable. Spanish developed from Vulgar Latin and has similarities to other Romance languages including French, Catalan, Portuguese and Italian. Globally, it has over 430 million native speakers- only a small fraction of these are located in Spain. The language is also referred to as Castilian, which distinguishes it from the other languages spoken in Spain.

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Fun facts — Spanish

  • There is a Spanish word 'sobremesa' - literally, 'above table' - which describes the lazy time spent chatting and drinking after a meal.
  • In Spanish, your partner is called your 'media naranja' - half orange.
  • The phrase 'camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente' - literally, a shrimp that sleeps is swept away by the current - means that if you don't pay attention, you'll lose out.

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