Spanish people and the language is far more different than the stereotypical ideas. Do you want to know more about the Spanish language and its people? Then, let’s look at the following myths that people have in their minds about thesame.
Eight myths about the Spanish language and its people
- Spanish is a part of the language of Latin America
The frequent use of this language is often experienced in countries where Spanish is the official language. Around two dozen languages are spoken in Guatemala, and about 6% of people of Mexico don’t speak Spanish as their first language.
- Native Spanish speaking population talks like Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales, the famous cartoon character, is an exaggerated version of Mexican Spanish people. However, the minority of the Spanish speaking people have a Mexican accent. The variation in the consonants makes Spanish different from that of English.
- Spanish speaking people are officially Spanish
Spanish refers to the people from Spain and only Spain, however, it is not the truth. Many other people from different nationalities speak Spanish, even if they are not native to Spain.
- Most people grow up speaking English than Spanish
English is the language spoken in the entire world. However, the English language surpasses two other languages of the native speakers, i.e., Mandarin Chinese with 897 million and Spanish with 427 million native speakers. Then comes English with the 339 million native speakers. However, English is more visible because it is spoken in 106 countries, whereas Spanish is spoken in only 31 countries.
- Spanish language would take over English in the US
The number of Spanish speakers in the United States is estimated to reach up to 40 million by the end of 2020. The studies have shown that children have grown up to learn a bilingual language. However, the descendants of Spanish-speaking people switch to English just like every other language speaking person who came to America.
- Spanish is the official language of Latin America and Spain
Equatorial Guinea, one of the smallest countries in Africa, still uses Spanish. Two-third of the population speaks Spanish, while the people in this region also use other languages like French and Portuguese.
- ‘R’ is difficult to pronounce in Spanish
It takes time and practice to make sure that ‘r’ comes naturally to you, but billions of people learn it each year. It is easier for native English speakers to pronounce ‘r’ in Spanish rather than for native Spanish speakers.
- You can make Spanish nouns just by adding ‘o’ at the end of the English word
Some words add ‘o’ to which can make sense, but they often end up being gibberish. And sometimes, even adding ‘a’ can also make sense. But still, many things are essential to understand before forming Spanish words from English words.