Un Poco Fun With Spanish
The Spanish language is nothing if not romantic and sensual. There are things one can say in Spanish that defy translation to any other language. One of the most widely spoken languages on the planet, it is native to Spain of course. But the Spanish explorers got around so you may be sure that South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and even the Philippines are all quite proficient in this lovely language. The dialects differ from place to place even within the same country and the influence of Spanish may be heard in Arabic, Portuguese, Tagalong, and other world languages. The third language most frequently spoken for political, culture and economics, Spanish is a great second language for anyone to have knowledge of no matter what their native language is.
Spanish is considered to be a fairly easy language to learn thanks to its consistency of vowel sounds and relatively simple syntax. Most words, with some exceptions have only one basic meaning. Generally vowels always have the same sound which makes for a much easier time mastering pronunciation. Unlike many languages Spanish also has an alphabet that is close enough to English to make it familiar to most English speakers. There are no tonal elements as exist in the Asian languages, another big plus for Spanish learners.
Some Spanish words do vary in meaning from country to country but it is more a cultural difference than a linguistic difference. For instance a “tortilla” is always pronounced the same way but in Mexico is a corn or flour wrap for meat or beans. In Puerto Rico it is the equivalent of an American omelet. Just as foods may vary so also may the meanings of certain words take in or out of context. In the United States about 20% of the population speaks Spanish as their first language behind English. Conversely, it is also the most popular second language spoken by native English speakers.
Knowing the Spanish language helps with understanding people, places and things in a large part of the world. The popularity of music, food and Latin American culture have all combined to create a demand for bilingual teachers and employees in every field of business and commerce. Fortunately the basic building blocks of this beautiful language are both uniform and easy to grasp for most people, so that within a few weeks one is at least able to order in a restaurant, hail a taxi and ask for help when traveling. One big plus, even an insult can sound “romantico” in Spanish.