According to a study carried out by the University of Lyon, Spanish is the fastest language to pronounce in the world. The most used letters are “a”, “e” and “o”, while the least used are “w”, “x” and “k”. Almost 493 million people around the world have Spanish as their native language, and when foreigners learn this language they have some favorite words.
The words that foreigners learn in Spain
Ed M. Wood, an English teacher and translator who lives in Spain, has revealed to ‘Babbel’ magazine what terms he has learned on a daily basis. He’s done it mostly by talking to people in local bars, so a lot of the expressions are related to nightlife.
‘Being in a bad mood’: this is an expression that generally indicates that someone is in a bad mood. It should be noted that its meaning changes depending on the country, since in Panama and Venezuela it refers to bad luck. ‘Go full steam ahead’: this is an expression widely used in everyday life. It means going at full speed, very fast. It is used colloquially and can be replaced by ‘go at full speed’ or ‘go at full speed’. ‘And a milk!’: the meaning of this expression is of course not! and has a vulgar tone. ‘Being knackered’: used to express tiredness and despondency. It is also said when a person is going through a situation that causes them to have a very low mood. ‘Coldy’: said of a person who is very sensitive to the cold. ‘Hangover’: refers to the symptoms that a person suffers after drinking a lot of alcohol, such as nausea, dizziness and headache. ‘I’m freaking out’: this is a colloquial expression used to express astonishment or perplexity.
Did you know that Spanish has 88,000 words? It may seem like a very high number, but in reality there are other languages that far exceed it. For example, English has no more and no less than 350,000 words.
There are those who believe that it is only spoken in Europe and America, but the truth is that Spanish is spoken on all six continents, including Antarctica. Strangely enough, on this continent it is spoken in Fortín Sargento Cabral (Argentna) and in Villa La Estrella (Chile).
The first document in Spanish dates back to the year 959 and was written by a monk from the San Justo and San Pastor convent, in La Rozuela.
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