Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin, with over 400 million speakers. It is the official language in 21 countries, including Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. It is also an official language of the United Nations. Spanish is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula. It is closely related to Catalan and Portuguese. The first written record of Spanish is from the 9th century, in the form of an epic poem called the Cantar de Mio Cid. Spanish is a phonetic language, which means that it is pronounced exactly as it is written. There are no silent letters. Each letter has one sound, and there are no exceptions. This makes it relatively easy to learn to read and write Spanish. The grammar of Spanish is relatively simple, compared to other languages. There are only two genders (male and female), and there are no articles (a, the). There are also no verb conjugations for person or number. For example, the verb "hablar" (to speak) is always "hablar," no matter who is speaking or how many people are speaking. One of the most distinctive features of Spanish is the use of the inverted question mark (¿) and exclamation point (¡) at the beginning and end of a question or exclamation. This is known as the " Spanish question mark." Spanish is a very expressive language. It has a large vocabulary of words and phrases for describing emotions. For example, the word "duende" (literally "ghost") is used to describe a feeling of enchantment or mystery. Spanish is also known for its use of colorful metaphors. For example, the phrase "estar en Babia" (to be in Babbitt) means to be lost in thought or daydreaming. Spanish is a beautiful language that is rich in history and culture. It is a language that is spoken by people all over the world.

Language group

Romance languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Spanish, Spain, Latin
Spanish, Mexico, Latin
Spanish, Cuba, Latin
Spanish, Latin America, Latin
Spanish, Argentina, Latin
Spanish, Bolivia, Latin
Spanish, Chile, Latin
Spanish, Colombia, Latin
Spanish, Costa Rica, Latin
Spanish, Dominican Republic, Latin
Spanish, Ceuta & Melilla, Latin
Spanish, Ecuador, Latin
Spanish, Equatorial Guinea, Latin
Spanish, Guatemala, Latin