Spanish-speaking countries worldwide.
How many people speak Spanish in The World? There are more than 450 million native speakers of Spanish, making it second only to Chinese in terms of the most spoken languages in the world. English is just behind Spanish, with approximately 360 million native speakers. Let´s dig in. Did you know that more than 42 Mio people speak Spanish as their first language in the US?
Mexico, the number one Spanish speaking country in the world
Spanish is de facto the national language in Mexico. One of the biggest countries in the world measured by how many people live there. 10th country in the world in fact: Mexico 129,163,276.
One of the biggest pronunciation differences between the two languages are in z and c before an i or e. This sounds like s in Mexico, but “th”in Spain, for example, Barcelona. Additionally, Spanish from Spain tends to be more guttural, due to its Arabic influences, whereas Mexican Spanish is softer.
Colombia with second-most Spanish speaking people
“Colombia is renowned for many extremely good things – its history, culture and natural wonders, to name just a few. Most people, however, will be aware that it also has a somewhat darker side – a not insignificant export of illicit narcotic substances, although that seems to become more under control now. But remember, that is the side of things that tourists traveling with a reputable tour operator will never see.”
Quoted from Travel to Colombia
More to come in January 2021
Argentina is the third largest amount of people as a country speaking Spanish
It doesn’t come as a major surprise that Spanish is the most spoken language in Argentina. It is, after all, the country’s official language. Approximately 41.7 million people in Argentina speak Spanish as their native language, and an additional million speaks it as a second language.
While Argentina’s official language is Spanish, Argentina has enjoyed so much international migration that Arabic, Italian, German, English, and French are also spoken—at least in areas throughout the country. There are also over one million speakers of various tribal languages, including Quecha and Guaraní.
Spain, the origin of the Spanish language, not counting latin
The official language of Spain is Spanish (or rather Castellano) and is understood everywhere in the country. More often than not, the people of Spain refer to their language as Castellano rather than Español because the latter can be any of the other languages spoken in the country. Castellano has deviated into other languages according to the cultural diversity of Spain and these regions are an important part of the Spanish cultural patrimony.
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