In order to shed some light on the subject of the Spanish language, its history and origins, one could, naturally, start by mentioning the linguistical aspects and evolution of the Latin language, which was a classical language whose golden age was over 15 centuries ago and has now fallen out of use. Many of the Romance languages, including Spanish sprang from the language known as Vulgar Latin.
During the Middle Ages, many different Spanish dialects emerged in Hispania, or what today is popularly known as the Iberian Peninsula. Modern Spanish, however, emerged about the same time as the reclaim of the Moorish Spain took place, a feat attributed to the monarchs Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabella of Castile.
Read on to learn a few facts about the Spanish language that might be of interest to you.
Spanish is the world’s second language in relation to the amount of native or first language speakers, with over 300 million native speakers; right after Chinese, which is spoken by over a billion people. It might be, perhaps, even worth mentioning that English comes third in this ranking.
Spanish is recorded to have about three million first language speakers in as many as forty four countries. In other words, the Spanish language ranks 4th among the most spoken languages in the whole world, right after English, French and Arabic.
The language also belongs in the group of Indo European languages, which are estimated to be widely spoken by an impressively large number of the population world wide (as much as about a third of the population world wide) Other languages such as French, English, German, the Slavic languages, the Scandinavian languages, as well as quite a few of the languages spoken in India also are considered to be a part of the Indo European languages.