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The Real Academia Española

Historical Framework With the political unity of Castile and Aragon, “Castilian” was the dominant language in Spain and the official language of public documents. This was the language that came to America by the hand of conquest. From the sixteenth century on, the language became known as “Spanish” instead of “Castilian.” With the abundance of […]

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Another Translator to the Real Academia

On Friday, November 23, the Real Academia de la Lengua Española (Royal Spanish Academy) announced its newest academic member, the literary translator Miguel Sáenz, author of world-renowned Spanish versions of works by Thomas Bernhard and Günter Grass, among many others. Sáenz, who is also a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (German […]

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Is “usted” Really Always the Best Option?

I’ve noticed lots of confusion regarding this matter: many people are under the impression that it’s correct to use “usted” at all times, in all cases. I’m afraid that that’s not correct, however: not always, not in all cases.  It depends on the objective to be accomplished. According to the Diccionario de la Real Academia […]

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‘Estadounidismos’: A New Variety of Spanish

More and more people in the United States speak Spanish; in fact, it is the second most spoken language in the country. As a consequence, many official documents are now written in Spanish. Both public bodies and private companies translate many of their documents. Sometimes it is so employees or users can better understand rules, […]

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An Academy of the English Language…Not

Is the English language perfect as it is? As it continuously evolves (and sometimes regresses) and transforms, should there be a body in charge of regulating it? These are some of the questions that are being asked when it comes to establishing rules regarding the use of our widely spread language. The French language has […]

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Centennial Copa América: A Tall Cup of Terminology

Once again, everybody is excited about the Centennial Copa América (or Copa América Centenario, if you prefer). Throughout the month of June, the eyes of football (Yes! “Football,” although, since the Cup is being hosted by the United States of America, perhaps we should concede and call it “soccer”) fans in Latin America are focused […]

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