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10 Facts About the Spanish Language

Would you like to find out about the Spanish language? Here are 10 actualities to kick you off:

Spanish Ranks as World’s Number 2 Language

With 329 million local speakers, Spanish positions as the world’s No. 2 language as far as what number of individuals talk it as their first language, as per Ethnologue. It is marginally in front of English (328 million) yet a long ways behind Chinese (1.2 billion).

Spanish Is Spoken Around the World

Spanish has at any rate 3 million local speakers in every one of 44 nations, making it the fourth-most generally communicated in language behind English (112 nations), French (60), and Arabic (57). Antarctica and Australia are the main mainlands without an enormous Spanish-talking populace.

Spanish Is in the Same Language Family as English

Spanish is a piece of the Indo-European group of dialects, which are spoken by in excess of 33% of the total populace. Other Indo-European dialects incorporate English, French, German, the Scandinavian dialects, the Slavic dialects and a significant number of the dialects of India. Spanish can be arranged further as a Romance language, a gathering that incorporates French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Speakers of a portion of those, for example, Portuguese and Italian, can regularly speak with Spanish speakers to a constrained degree.

Spanish Language Dates to in any event thirteenth Century

In spite of the fact that there is no unmistakable limit characterizing when the Latin of what is currently the north-focal region of Spain got Spanish, it is protected to state that the language of the Castile area turned into a particular language to some extent on account of endeavors by King Alfonso in the thirteenth century to institutionalize the language for legitimate use. When Columbus went toward the Western Hemisphere in 1492, Spanish had arrived at the point where the language as spoken and composed would be effectively reasonable today.

Spanish Is Sometimes Called Castilian

To the individuals who talk it, Spanish is some of the time called español and at times castellano (what could be compared to “Castilian”). The names utilized shift territorially and in some cases as per political perspective. Albeit English speakers once in a while use “Castilian” to allude to the Spanish of Spain instead of that of Latin America, that isn’t the differentiation utilized among Spanish speakers.

In the event that You Can Spell It, You Can Say It

Spanish is one of the world’s most phonetic dialects. In the event that you realize how a word is spelled, you can quite often know how it is articulated (in spite of the fact that the invert isn’t valid). The fundamental special case is late expressions of remote beginning, which typically hold their unique spelling.

Imperial Academy Promotes Consistency in Spanish

The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española), made in the eighteenth century, is generally viewed as the judge of standard Spanish. It produces legitimate word references and language structure guides. In spite of the fact that its choices don’t have the power of law, they are broadly followed in both Spain and Latin America. Among the language changes advanced by the Academy have been the utilization of the transformed question mark and shout point (¿ and ¡). In spite of the fact that they have been utilized by individuals who talk a portion of the non-Spanish dialects of Spain, they are generally special to the Spanish language. So also exceptional to Spanish and a couple of neighborhood dialects that have duplicated it is the ñ, which got institutionalized around the fourteenth century.

Most Spanish Speakers Are in Latin America

Albeit Spanish began on the Iberian Peninsula as a relative of Latin, today it has unquestionably more speakers in Latin America, having been brought to the New World by Spanish colonialization. There are minor contrasts in jargon, language structure, and articulation between the Spanish of Spain and the Spanish of Latin America, not very good as to counteract simple correspondence. The distinctions in the local varieties in Spanish are generally practically identical to the contrasts between U.S. what’s more, British English.

Arabic Had a Huge Influence on Spanish Language

After Latin, the language that has had the greatest effect on Spanish is Arabic. Today, the unknown dialect applying the most impact is English, and Spanish has embraced several English words identified with innovation and culture.

Spanish and English Share Large Vocabulary

Spanish and English offer a lot of their jargon through cognates, as the two dialects determine huge numbers of their words from Latin and Arabic. The greatest contrasts in the sentence structure of the two dialects incorporate Spanish’s utilization of sex, an increasingly broad action word conjugation, and the far reaching utilization of the subjunctive mind-set.

Most Useful Serbian phrases for Tourists

A collection of useful phrases in Serbian, a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Macedonia.

See these phrases in any combination of two languages in the Phrase Finder.

You can see these phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

English српски / srpski (Serbian)
Welcome Добродошли (Dobrodošli!)
Hello (General greeting) Здраво (Zdravo)
Hello (on phone) Молим (Molim)
How are you? Како си? (Kako si?) – inf
Како сте? (Kako ste?)
Како сте Ви? (Kako ste Vi?) – frm
Reply to ‘How are you?’ Добро сам, хвала. А ти?
(Dobro sam, hvala. A ti?) – inf
Добро сам, хвала. Како сте Ви?
(Dobro sam, hvala. Kako ste Vi?) – frm
Long time no see Дуго се нисмо видели (Dugo se nismo videli)
Дуго се нисмо чули (Dugo se nismo čuli)
What’s your name? Како се зовеш? (Kako se zoveš?) – inf
Како се зовете? (Kako se zovete?) – frm
My name is … Зовем се … (Zovem se …)
Where are you from? Одакле си? (Odakle si?) – inf
Одакле сте? (Odakle ste?) – frm
I’m from … Ја сам из… (Ja sam iz …)
Pleased to meet you Драго ми је (Drago mi je)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Добро јутро (Dobro jutro)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Добар дан (Dobar dan)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Добро вече (Dobro veče)
Good night Лаку ноћ (Laku noć)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Довиђења (Doviđenja) – frm
Видимо се касније! (Vidimo se kasniјe!) – See you later!
Видимо се ускоро! (Vidimo se uskoro!) – See you soon!
Видимо се сутра! (Vidimo se sutra!) – See you tomorrow!
Good luck! Срећно (Srećno)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Живео! (Živeo!)
Живели! (Živeli!) – Let’s live long
Have a nice day Пријатан дан желим (Prijatan dan želim)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Пријатно! (Prijatno!)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Срећан пут (Srećan put!)
Yes Да (Da)
No Не (Ne)
Maybe Можда (Možda)
I don’t know Не знам (Ne znam)
I understand Разумем (Razumem)
I don’t understand Не разумем (Ne razumem)
Please speak more slowly Можеш ли причати спорије? (Možeš li pričati sporije?) – inf
Можете ли причати спорије (Možete li pričati sporije?) – frm
Please write it down Молим Вас можете ли ми то написати?
(Molim Vas možete li mi to napisati?)
Do you speak English? Да ли говорите енглески? (Da li govorite engleski?) – frm
Да ли говориш енглески? (Da li govoriš engleski?) – inf
Do you speak Serbian? Да ли говориш српски? (Da li govoriš srpski?) inf
Да ли говорите српски? (Da li govorite srpski?) frm
Yes, a little
(reply to ‘Do you speak …?’)
Да, (нешто) мало говорим српски
(Da, (nešto) malo govorim srpski)
Do you speak a language
other than
Да ли говорите и другим језиком осим свог матернјег језика
(Da li govorite i drugim jezikom osim svog maternjeg jezika?)
Speak to me in Serbian Можеш разговарати са мном на српском
(Možeš razgovarati sa mnom na srpskom)
Можете разговарати са мном на српском
(Možete razgovarati sa mnom na srpskom)
How do you say … in Serbian? Како се на српском … каже?
(Kako se na srpskom … kaže?)
Excuse me Извините! (Izvinite!)
Опростите! (Oprostite!)
How much is this? Колико ово кошта? (Koliko ovo košta?)
Sorry Жао ми је (Žao mi je)
Опростите (Oprostite)
Please Молим вас (Molim vas) – frm
Молим (Molim) – inf
Thank you Хвала (Hvala)
Хвала лепо (Hvala lepo)
Хвала вам (Hvala vam)
Много вам хвала (Mnogo vam hvala)
Reply to thank you Молим (Molim)
Where’s the toilet / bathroom? Где је тоалет? Gde je toalet?)
Где је купатило? (Gde je kupatilo?)
This gentleman will pay for everything Овај господин ће све платити
(Ovaj gospodin će sve platiti)
This lady will pay for everything Ова дама ће све платити
(Ova dama će sve platiti)
Would you like to dance with me? Желите ли да плешете са мном?
(Želite li da plešete sa mnom?)
Могу ли да добијем овај плес?
(Mogu li da dobijem ovaj ples?)
Do you come here often? Долазиш ли често овамо?
(Dolaziš li često ovamo?) – inf
Долазите ли често овамо?
(Dolazite li često ovamo?) – frm
I miss you Недостајеш ми (Nedostaješ mi) – inf
Недостајете ми (Nedostajete mi) – frm/pl
I love you Волим те (Volim te)
Get well soon Оздрави што пре! (Ozdravi što pre!)
Leave me alone! Остави ме на миру! (Ostavi me na miru!)
Help! У помоћ! (U pomoć!)
Fire! Пожар! (Požar!)
Stop! Стани! (Stani!)
Call the police! Позовите полицију! (Pozovite policiju!)
Позовите милицију! (Pozovite miliciju!)
Christmas greetings Христос се роди
Hristos se rodi) – Christ is born
Ваистину се роди
(Vaistinu se rodi) – truly born (reply)
New Year greetings Срећна Нова Година (Srećna Nova Godina)
Easter greetings Христос васкрсе (Hristos vaskrse)
Christ resurrected
Ваистину васкрсе (Vaistina vaskrse)
truly resurrected (reply)
Birthday greetings Срећан рођендан (Srećan rođendan)
Congratulations! Честитам! (Čestitam!)
One language is never enough Знати један језик није довољно
(Znati jedan jezik nije dovoljno)
My hovercraft is full of eels Мој ховеркрафт је пун јегуља
(Moj hoverkraft je pun jegulja)

* Christmas is celebrated on 7th January by Orthodox Christians.

Special thanks to Stefan Pejcic for the proofreading.

10 Reasons to Learn English

Learning English is significant and individuals everywhere throughout the world choose to examine it as a subsequent language. Numerous nations remember English as a second language for their school prospectus and youngsters start learning English at a youthful age.

In any case, do you realize why learning

English is so significant? Here are ten valid justifications to take an English language course.

10 Reasons to learn the English language

1. English is the most regularly communicated in language on the planet. One out of five individuals can talk or possibly get English!

2. English is the language of science, of avionics, PCs, tact, and the travel industry. Realizing English builds your odds of finding a decent line of work in a global organization inside your nation of origin or of looking for some kind of employment abroad.

3. English is the official language of 53 nations. That is many individuals to meet and address.

4. English is communicated in as a first language by around 400 million individuals around the globe.

5. English is the language of the media business. On the off chance that you communicate in English, you won’t have to depend on interpretations and captions any longer to make the most of your preferred books, melodies, movies and TV appears.

6. English is additionally the language of the Internet. Numerous sites are written in English – you will have the option to get them and to partake in gatherings and talks.

7. English depends on a straightforward letters in order and it is genuinely brisk and simple to learn contrasted with different dialects.

8. English isn’t just helpful – it gives you a great deal of fulfillment. Gaining ground feels incredible. You will appreciate learning English, in the event that you recollect that consistently you spend gets you closer to flawlessness.

9. Since English is spoken in such a significant number of various nations there are a great many schools far and wide that offer projects in English. In the event that you communicate in English, there’re bunches of chances for you to locate a fitting school and course to suit your scholarly needs.

10. Since it’s entertaining! By learning English, you will likewise find out about different societies. Barely any encounters will cause you to develop as an individual more than learning the qualities, propensities and lifestyle in a culture that is not the same as yours.

In the event that you need to learn English, it would be ideal if you get in touch with us to address a colleague our English courses in the UK. We invite understudies from everywhere throughout the world to our schools in London, Oxford, Brighton, Manchester, York and Edinburgh. We anticipate seeing you soon!