Updated: Dec 28, 2020
1. Spanish is the second most-spoken language (after Chinese) as its mother tongue. The number of speakers who speak Spanish as a first language is approx. 399 million.
2. Spanish is the 3rd most-used language on the Internet. The use of Spanish on the Internet has grown tremendously in the last decades.
3. The demand for learning Spanish is increasing. An estimated 18 million students are currently studying Spanish as a foreign language.
4. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spanish was the major diplomatic language till the 18th century.
5. Spanish is the official language in 22 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
6. Spanish is expected to be the first language of 50% of the population of America within 50 years.
7. There’s a Spanish-based creole language spoken in the Philippines called Chabacano (poor taste, vulgar). It’s the sole and most extensive Spanish-based creole language that still exists in Asia.
8. The letter ñ is the only Spanish letter of Spanish origins.
9. Spanish has two names: Castellano and Español. Spanish is poetic and has long sentences.
10. The earliest Spanish texts were written over 1000 years ago!
11. In 1492, the same year when Columbus arrived in America, the first grammar of Spanish was published by Elio Antonio de Nebrija.