Did you know Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide…
…and more than 300 million speak Spanish as their native language? The largest number of Spanish-speaking people lives in Mexico; so much so that municipalities and boroughs are known by their Spanish names like municipios and delegaciones, respectively! Spanish is the de facto official language in Mexico with its accent, dialects and variations changing according to the region of the country.
The Mexican-Spanish, as it is called, stresses on the consonants more than on the vowels. This is due to the influence of the Nahautl language of the Aztec people who occupied Mexico for centuries. Bertil Malmberg was a Swedish linguist who studied the Spanish language spoken in different parts of Mexico and came to the above conclusion. He further added the ‘sing-song’ tone of the Spanish spoken in different parts of Mexico with its diverse accents were also influenced by other indigenous languages such as Zapotec, and other Roman languages.
The Spanish language is one of the Roman languages in the world like Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, Catalan, and Occitan among others. These Neo-Latin languages came into existence in the period between the 6th and the 9th centuries – Spanish is the most widely spoken language in this list. Nevertheless, the Mexican Spanish can be traced back as far as the 17th century, but there was an influx of Spanish citizens into Mexico in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War.
If you do not know Spanish and wish to speak the language you may find many an institute offering such courses online and in language schools. The online courses are perfect if you have no time to attend regular language classes, as you can study at your own convenience. The downloadable courses, if taken seriously can help you speak fluent Spanish in less than six months and cost much less than the regular classes.
The free online Spanish courses may be excellent; however, learning step by step with proper guidance would require you to purchase the course materials. These may come in CD version packages or packages that you can download from the internet. At the conclusion of every lesson there are tests, quizzes, questions, exercises, grammar lessons, vocabulary etc. to enhance the learning procedure. Besides, your progress is regularly checked by the teachers. Some of these online sites give away free gifts with every purchase and other membership benefits.
When you learn both the written and spoken aspects of any language you also get to know a lot about its history and culture, so it is with the Spanish language. Learning a foreign language may not be an easy process but with diligence and regular practice you can master the art of speaking in Spanish in record time. When visiting Mexico you might come across street signs or employment applications in Spanish.
Here are some fun Mexican Spanish sayings that can bring a smile to everyone’s lips.
Con las manos en la masa – which means got caught with your hands in the dough.
Pan comido means a task that is too easy.
Una vez al ano no hace dano means once a year does not hurt. This saying is used as an excuse for over-indulgence in drinking, shopping, overeating etc.
Hola is to say Hello
Fine, thanks is Bien, gracias
Goodbye is Adios!