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Spanish Facts

Pyramid in Mexico

  • Spanish is the most commonly used language in the world after Chinese and English.
  • Spanish is the most common first language in the Americas.
  • Spanish derives from Latin, with Castilian being considered to be the purest form of Spanish.
  • Spanish in Spain and Spanish in Latin America vary slightly as the languages have evolved since the colonization of the Americas. The most obvious influence is the use of indigenous words in Latin America and differing pronunciation.

Escalinata, Costa Rica

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