Spanish Speaking Countries

Spanish is a great language to learn! After mandarin, it has the highest number of native speakers in the world and is the primary language in over 20 countries. This means that once you have learnt Spanish, there are many countries and cultures you can go to and explore whilst practicing your language skills.

Spanish (or Castilian) is the most popular second language learned by native English speakers and the most widely understood in the Western hemisphere. Could there be a better foreign language to learn to enable you to explore the world and open up new opportunities for living and working abroad?

Now we all know that Spanish is spoken in Spain, Mexico and by some countries in South America…but which countries exactly? Did you know that there is a country in Africa for which Spanish in an official language?

 

Above you can see a map. The countries where Spanish is the first language or an official language are coloured red.

These are: Spain, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Equatorial Guinea, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Uruguay.

Spanish is also the official language of Puerto Rico, which is an independant territory of the US.

As you can see, there is a red country marked on four of the worlds continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa.

 

As mentioned before, Spanish is a widely learned language, especially in the United States. The United States also shares a border with Mexico and many southwestern states were once Spanish territory and subsequently owned by Mexico. In States such as Florida and New Mexico, it’s estimated the 40% of the population can speak Spanish.

The Philippines have a long history with the Spanish language, in fact from 1565 to 1973 it was an official language. This changed with the reign of Ferdinand Marcos. The number of Spanish speakers in the Philippines is increasing once more thanks to the reintroduction of the language in education.

Countries where Spanish is widely spoken are highlighted in green (United States, Philippines and Belize) and I am sure that more countries will follow in the next decade.

So where do you want to go on your next Spanish language learning adventure?

 

Learn more about the history of the Spanish Language on Wikipedia.

 

Blogger: Nellie

 

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