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A1 - Trivia questions about the Spanish language

Trivia questions about the Spanish language.

Fun facts about the Spanish language.

This is just some interesting facts we found out about the Spanish language. 

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The first line is the question in English
The second  line is the question in Spanish

Use this lesson to rapidly increase your knowledge about the Spanish language.

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How many people in the world speak Spanish?
It is estimated that between 400 and 450 million people speak Spanish.
What does "¿" mean?
You might have noticed that in English we use a different word order for questions. eg Are you hungry? and statements eg. You are hungry. In Spanish the word order does not change. We know it is a question because the intonation changes. This is more common in American English. An American may say "You hungry?" (with a question intonation). So, if we are reading we don't know if it is a question or not. For this reason questions are surrounded by ¿ ? ¿entiendes? (Do you understand?)
Is there much Arabic influence in the Spanish language?
Spain was ruled by the Arabic muslims between 711 and 1492. This has left a big Arabic influence. It is said that around 9% of Spanish is strongly influenced by Arabic. For example aceite: oil. From Arabic az-zayt. alcalde: Mayor. From Arabic al-qadi (the judge).
How many countries have Spanish as their official language?
21 Countries have Spanish as their official language. Here are 20 countries where they speak Spanish. Puerto Rico: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Who decides what is correct Spanish?
The Royal Spanish Academy (Spanish: Real Academia Española, generally abbreviated as RAE) is Spain's official royal institution with a mission to ensure the stability of the Spanish language. It is based in Madrid, Spain. In recent years they have added bloguero (blogger) and chatear (to chat online) as official words.
What is the Ñ?
The ñ (eñe in Spanish) a letter in the Spanish alphabet.The Spanish "ñ" is pronounced like the "ni" in "onion" in English. In Morse code the ñ is ( — — · — — )
How to pronounce B and V in Spanish?
They are homophones which means they are pronounced the same. They are the same as the English B. If you see written signs on a noticeboards you will often see spelling errors. EG Se bende una cabra - Goat for sale. Should be Se Vende una Cabra.
Why is Spanish pronunciation fairly easy?
Maybe you don't agree that it is easy but Spanish is a phonetic language which means that once you know the sound that each letter makes you can say any word. You could give a complicated novel to a six year old Spanish child and ask ask him to read it out loud. You would be able to understand everything.
What is the worst thing about the Spanish language for a learner?
All nouns are either masculine or feminine. For example. La mesa - The table. Feminine. El libro - The book. Masculine. This is fairly pointless and it gives you a lot more things to learn without any communicate advantage. This is my opinion.
Are there many variations of Spanish?
The main difference is between Spain and South and Central America. It is similar to the variations in English between the UK, the USA and Australia etc. Most of the differences are with vocabulary and accent. For example the word for glasses in Mexico is "anteojos", in Spain it is "gafas".
Where are there most Spanish speakers?
Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers with 114 million, followed by the United States with 50 million. Many people say that Spanish will be more spoken than in the USA than English by 2050.
Which Spanish words are hardest to translate with one word?
sobremesa: This is the time when people stay at the table after a meal, especially lunch, talking, drinking coffee and having drinks etc. EG: estuvimos de sobremesa hasta las cinco we were sitting around the table chatting until five. Tener vergüenza ajena: To feel embarrassed for somebody else (even though you are not embarrassed yourself.
What is a a false friend?
Many words which are similar in English and Spanish mean the same. Some of them look very similar but have different meanings. These are called false friends. EG embarazada does not mean embarrassed it means pregnant. Embarrassed in Spanish is avergonzado.

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