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Whether you are learning Spanish in South America, taking an online Spanish class, or plan to enrol yourself in one of the many Spanish language immersion schools, our English to Spanish dictionary is always being updated with new Spanish words which makes an excellent supplement for those trying to learn how to speak Spanish.

Learn the History of the Spanish Language
Spanish is spoken around the world by over 400 million speakers (around 350 million native speakers and 70 million as a second language), which makes it one of the most spoken languages in the world. In fact, it is the second most spoken native language used in the world today. Fittingly, Spanish had it's origin in Spain as a dialect of Latin, where it would later become the main language of traders and government officials alike. From there it would spread to America and other regions around the world by Spanish explorers.

Though Spanish originated in Spain, it has since grown dramatically outside of the country of origin. In fact, by numbers alone, Spain as a country has only the third most native Spanish speakers. Both Mexico and the United States have more native speakers of the Spanish language. Don't be fooled however into thinking that Spain is losing its Spanish speaking population. The numbers are due to Spain having a much smaller population, with nearly all (99%) of the residents still speaking Spanish. Mexico and America come in at a 99% and 15% Spanish speaking population respectively.

Which Countries Have Spanish as an Official Language?
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Puerto Rico
United States (but only in New Mexico)

What Special Characters are Found in the Spanish Alphabet?

Latin Letters and Accents:

Using the Latin alphabet (A, B, C, D...) and the character "ñ" as well as some accents ("é"), and you will have all that is needed to write in Spanish.

* It may be noted that though not a standard, accents are typically omitted in capital letters.

Inverted Characters:

Spanish question marks and Spanish exclamation marks are used in the same manner as traditional question/exclamation marks in English, except that the characters are written upside down. To finish off any interrogative or exclamatory clauses you can use the inverted Spanish question mark ("¿") or inverted Spanish exclamation mark ("¡") in place of "?" and "!" respectively.

Spanish Learning on a Budget
With the economy where it's at, it can sometimes be hard to afford new learning materies. Luckily, learning doesn't always have to be expensive. These books are perfect for filling up your Spanish learning library on a small budget. Instead of buying just one expensive book or maybe even no books at all, here are a bunch of very cheap Spanish learning books so you can learn the most Spanish without having to spend a fortune.

These books also make for great gift ideas if you know someone who is trying to learn the Spanish language.

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