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Spanish Language and Its Countless Variations

Today, the Spanish speaking population reaches over 500 million people around the world. Additionally, Latin America has become in a rapidly growing market with much development and growth potential. Without a doubt, it has become a major market to introduce, and offer to services and products. However, when doing so we must acknowledge the fact […]

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Spanish Is the Second Most Widely Used Language on Twitter

The Spanish Chancellor, José Manuel García-Margallo, and the director of the Instituto Cervantes (Cervantes Institute, Madrid), Victor García de la Concha presented the 2012 report “Spanish in the World” on Monday January 14th, 2013. The report contains updated information on the Spanish language. They have been publishing the report since 1998, and in this edition, […]

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The Chilean Language Academy

This Academy was created on June 5, 1885, in Santiago. In chronological terms, it was the sixth such academy established in Latin America. Its purposes are: 1. to ensure the purity and splendor of the Spanish language; 2. to collaborate with the projects of the Royal Spanish Academy and the Association of Spanish Language Academies, […]

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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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More on Dates in Spanish

Dates in Spanish can be spelled out in their entirety, written in a combination of letters and numbers, or only with numbers: a) It is not common for dates to be expressed completely in words: Veintiocho de septiembre de mil novecientos noventa y seis. This generally only happens in very official documents, public decrees, notarial […]

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Adjectives: Differences in English and Spanish

In English, adjectives are always spelled the same and, syntactically, are almost always placed before the noun. In Spanish, there are a few that are generally unchangeable, but the majoirty aren’t, and nearly all of them denote the number of the subject (singular or plural). Its expressive value differs depending on if it is placed […]

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“Voseo”

What does it mean to use “vos” instead of “tú” when speaking Spanish? It’s a phenomenon that has its origins in the Spanish spoken in Argentina and Uruguay where the abovementioned subject change is used when talking to someone. Generally speaking, “vos” is used as a replacement for “tú” in conversations and texts where the […]

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