Brief Overview

According to various reputable statistics, Spanish is the 3rd most widely spoken language in the world and continues to grow at a rapid pace. An interesting fact, particularly for Americans, is that the numbers suggest there will be more native Spanish speakers in the United States than native English speakers within the next two decades.

Spanish is known as a Romance language, meaning that it is derived from Latin, with many word stemming directly from the “dead language”. A common trait among Romance languages is a tendency to have a rich vocabulary with many words to indicate the same thing. Another main characteristic shared between languages rooted in Latin is the fact that they are often less constrictive in word use and quite flexible in grammar form. For instance, there are several ways to ask certification of a statement by attaching ¿sí?, ¿verdad?, ¿no?, ¿correcto?, etc. Spanish also has hundreds of idioms and various other figurative patterns.

A key in any language is to learn to recognize conjugations, so we found this great student project to help you master the beginning conjugations of verbs in the present tense. Listen closely, follow along, and soon you’ll have it down pat!

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