Know the Language before you Start Learning SpanishLearn Spanish July 27, 2015
Before you decide where to learn Spanish, you should enrich your knowledge about Spanish language and the type of Spanish languages spoken over the globe. While many people prefer learning Spanish in Latin America, it is good to know about the differences, since you may have to interact with Spanish speakers from all round the world later in your life. Though there are differences, Spanish speakers can understand all forms of the language spoken over the world. The language is differently spoken in different parts of Spain itself. So based on the basic differences, Spanish language can be divided into:
- Latin American Spanish
- Castilian Spanish
- Caribbean Spanish
If you are taking a Spanish course you’ll be taught conjugation of verbs, sentence building, the genders and the general grammar rules, so you won’t have much problem. To get the real essence of the Spanish language, it is essential that you know about the difference. The different forms of Spanish differ in:
- Vocabulary : While most of the Spanish words are common for all the forms, there are minor differences. For example, in Mexico or Spain a car would be referred to as ‘(el) coche’ but in the Caribbean it will be called ‘(el) carro’. For ‘computer’, Latin Americans would say ‘(la) computadora’ but in Spain it is referred to as ‘(el) ordenador’. The meaning of certain words differs hugely, so it is good to be aware of the differences.
- Pronunciation : The major differences are in the way the words are pronounced. If you’re taking a Spanish course in Cuba, it is obvious that you’ll learn their accent but this will never stop you from interacting with other Spanish speakers. Some put stress on the letter, ‘s’ at the end of the words while some do not.
- Pace : The type of Spanish spoken in the Caribbean is characterized by its rapid pace which allows people to speak faster, while Spanish speakers from the other parts may speak slower.
Despite all the differences, Spanish is the language spoken by 417 million people across 21 countries. The differences are mainly because of the influences of other colonies on Spanish speaking people. You can choose to learn Spanish anywhere in the world, but the destination would depend on your interests. So if you want to be a country with a tropical climate and enjoy its diversities, you have to learn Spanish in Monterrico.