Uncovering the Spanish Language

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In Uncovering the Spanish Language, we will dive into the Spanish roots, find the connection in the language to people, culture, music, art, and interesting facts from all around the world. Let’s get started with the roots and where Spanish was derived from, Vulgar Latin. A cluster of dialects spoken by farmers, legendaries, traders, families, and the like. Vulgar Latin, although not to the extent of becoming unintelligible by Latin speakers, was considered subject to considerable geographical variation from different parts of the Roman Empire from where it started. 

In 1479 the Catholic Kings unified the Castile and Aragon into the modern Spanish nation-state born, and shortly afterward, Columbus’s left to discover America. In his voyage, he initiated a new colonial phase and opened the door for the language of Castile to dominate not just the Peninsula (with the notable exceptions of Portugal, Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia) but, the American colonies from the 16th century onwards. The first Spanish Dictionary was written by Sebastian de Covarrubias in the year 1611.

10 Different Dialects in the Spanish Language

Castilian

The official Spanish language that is spoken in northern and central Spain.

Andalusian

Spoken in southern Spain, this dialect is the second-most popular in the country of Spain after Castilian. Differing greatly from northern Spanish, as there is a distinction in the ceceo/seseo, the emission (“elision”) of the consonants “d” and “r” with the aspiration of the consonant’s’ at the end of words that drops the final consonants. The factors let to the result of a softer and more fluid sound than that of other Spanish dialects spoken.

Murcian

The Murcian dialect is spoken in the Community of Murcia in the southeast of Spain, and Autonomous Region. 

Canarian

The Spanish Canary Islands dialect resembles the Caribbean Spanish dialect as it is characterized by the aspirated “s,” elided consonants, with the pronunciation of the letter ‘h.’ The Canarian vocabulary is heavily influenced by Portuguese and due to colonizing the island by Portugal’s efforts.

Llanito

The Gibraltar, Llanito, which is a combination of British English & Andalusian Spanish. This peculiar language combination is due to the existence of Gibraltar as a British overseas territory.

Latin American Spanish

The Latin American Spanish is the dialect of urban mainland Mexico, as well as Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and the majority of Central and South American countries. It is known as “Latin American Spanish” in order to differentiate between the Spanish spoken in Spain and how Spanish is spoken amongst people in these countries. For example, you can think of how English speakers can understand each other with little effort across the US, in addition to around the world, even though they may have a different accent.  

Rioplatense Spanish

Between Argentina and Uruguay, the Rioplatense Spanish dialect is spoken in the River Basin region, as well as in both countries. The predominant difference between other Spanish Dialects and the Rioplatense Spanish dialect is the intonation of its speakers, which resembles Italian more than Spanish due to many Italian immigrants during the 19th-century to this region and particularly to Buenos Aires.

Caribbean Spanish

This dialect is spoken in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and along the East coast of Mexico and Central America; it is characterized by elided middle consonants and omitted final consonants, as well as an aspirated ‘r’ that is pronounced like the Portuguese ‘x.’

Equatoguinean Spanish

This dialect represents the only official Spanish spoken in Africa; it has incorporated some vocabulary and pronunciation patterns from both native Guineans and immigrant Germans of Cameroon.

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When you decide to take those Spanish lessons, whether it’s for professional reasons, or if you want to travel, you will probably want to find out from your instructor or program director about the dialects they offer. Most of the time, the answer you’ll hear is Castillian. That will be great about 98% of the time, but take the geographic and cultural information in context, and make an informed decision! ALTA offers online language training to businesses and government agencies, so feel free to contact us for information.

Interesting Things to Know About the Spanish Language?  

The first modern novel is in Spanish. “Don Quixote,” which was written in 1605 by Spaniard, Miguel de Cervantes and comes second in the most translated works after The Bible.  

Over 400 million people speak Spanish. As of today, an estimated 400 to 450 million people speak Spanish as their mother tongue, making it the world’s second most spoken language.

Spanish brings a poetic vibe with it’s long sentences. Translating from Spanish to English, your text will more than likely expand by 15-25%, and that is not because Spanish words are longer than English like most think. 

Music

It is not surprising that Spain has a long history in Music, as it has played an intricate role in Western music development and influenced Latin American Music as well. Most know the traditional styles of Flamenco and the classical guitar, and even though these forms are common, there are various musical styles that can be found across the regions. For instance, North-west regions are reliant on bagpipes, while the center is widespread with Jota, in addition to the north of the country. Flamenco actually originated in the south of Spain. Western Classical Music has it’s ties to Spanish Music from the 15th through the early 17th century. Composers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria brought a breath of inspiration and innovation with the zarzuela Spanish opera and ballet of Manuel de Falla. Francisco Tárrega brought a beautiful sound through the classical guitar, and many more that followed.

Art

Art is an important contributor to the Western region and has been an important contributor to art, not only in Spain but also in the Western arena. Spain has produced many influential, as well as famous artists, including Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso. In the Iron Age north-western Spain was a centre for Celtic art, and Iberian sculpture has a distinct style, partly influenced by coastal Greek settlements.

Why is Having an Interpreter/Translator so Important?

One of the biggest growing sectors in the world is the Spanish-speaking population, especially in the United States. This population presents a great opportunity for growth for companies and institutions, which embodies a huge community that shares services, products, and culture. 

About 18 million people are presently considering studying Spanish as a second language. It is predicted that in a couple of decades from now, 10% of the total population will perceive Spanish as the main language; now, it is already at 6% of the total population. Spanish surpasses English in its quantity of speakers, as English comes in third with 335 million native speakers.

This is why Spanish Interpreters & Translators have become a key element in US business from the one-off need to weekly and potentially daily, as seen fit. From Business to Healthcare and Law, you might be working with Spanish speakers that need to communicate their needs either as the giver of information, receiver, or collaborator and working with a team that can bring the certified Interpreters to take care of your situation is important.  

How Spanish Interpreting and Translating can Empower You?

Breaking the boundary between the Spanish language to others allows us to pass on and associate, connect, and create with others, we might not have been able to before. At Allied Interpreting, we are pleased to state that we are your guide in the process of interpreting, translating and transcribing for your needs from Spanish to English or Spanish to another language, anywhere and at any time in the world. 

By working with Allied, you can now say you offer services in Spanish, with quick access to interpreters and translators as you need, opening your doors to a bigger market.  

Industries that Can Benefit: 

  • Legal Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Entertainment industry
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance industry
  • Event Productions

When thinking about Interpreting & Translating, here are a few types of written translations, as well as many more that Allied can bring the right professionals to the job for you. 

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