When you think of a global language, you, of course, think of English.
But what if I told you that the language with the second largest number of native speakers, behind Chinese, is in fact Spanish! Apart from being an official language in 21 countries around the world, a second language in about twice as many, it is also one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations.
Another interesting fact is the Spanish interaction with Arabic. Due to the Muslim domination of the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages, many Arabic words entered the Spanish language and are still in use today. I am not even referring to exotic words, but common everyday words, such as Ojala (I hope), which comes from the Arabic law sha’allah, meaning If it is God’s will.
The country with the largest Spanish-speaking population is in fact not Spain, but Mexico.
Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages to learn for a native English speaker due to its large vocabulary shared with English. I would use caution, though, as there are many grammatical difficulties in Spanish and many rules which are absent in English, and they might seem too difficult for you.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but Spanish is objectively speaking a beautiful language, with numerous pleasant sounds.
Spanish or Castilian? This you probably haven't heard – different Spanish-speaking countries refer to Spanish as either Espanol or Castellano. Even in Spain, there is disagreement about the correct term.
Spanish derived from a regional variety of Latin. When the Roman Empire conquered the Iberian peninsula, it started spreading the Latin language. Of course, the peoples on the peninsula spoke their own local version of Latin, which subsequently evolved in the Iberian languages we know today.
If you ever thought of learning Spanish but hesitated – hesitate no more. The language will enrich your mind in a spectacular way!