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Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth spoken in Spain, Latin America, Mexica, Cuba and many other countries.

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Sample text in Spanish

An extract from a Spanish version of the Little Prince translated by David De Angelis.

El Principito

Una vez, cuando tenia seiz años, vi un magnifico dibujo en un libro sobre la selva virgen que se llamaba 'Historias Vividas'. Representaba a una serpiente boa tragándose a una fiera. He aquí la copia del dibujo.

A long time ago, when I was six years old, in a book about primeval forests, called 'True Stories from Nature', I saw a magnificant drawing. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing.

The Lords prayer in Spanish

Padre nuestro

Padre nuestro,
que estás en el cielo.
Santificado sea tu nombre.
Venga tu reino.
Hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día.
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden.
No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal.
Amén.

See the Lords Prayer in Corsican, French, Galician, Portuguese.

Spanish proverbs

De noche todos los gatos son pardos. By night, all cats are grey.

Spanish

Spanish is one of the romance languages and so directly descended from Latin.

The Spanish phrases and pronunciation on Surface Languages are as spoken in Spain. The Spanish grammar and accent is remarkably uniform considering the geographical spread of the language, and commonly used words are universally understood.

If you learn European Spanish and travel to Latin America, or Latin American Spanish and travel around Spain, you will have no difficulty in being understood. Some words have different meanings or translations depending on where you are. For example, the word for ticket is 'billete' in Spain but 'boleto' in Latin America.

The Spanish Language

Nouns can be either masculine or feminine. Generally masculine nouns end in 'o' and feminine nouns end in 'a'. The definite article is 'el' for masculine nouns and 'la' for feminine in the singular - and 'los' and 'las' respectively in the plural.

Adjectives agree with nouns depending on gender and number. E.g. 'un edificio blanco' but 'una casa blanca'. Spanish word order is generally similar to the English. Adjectives are one of the exceptions.

Spanish verbs are divided into three conjugations. The majority of verbs (around 70 percent) are regular -ar type verbs and conjugate like 'hablar'. There are relatively few irregular verbs but these are used constantly.

Spanish holiday phrases

A few first words. 1 A few first words. 2
A few first words. 3 Bathroom items
Bedroom items Buying thing. General phrases
Buyings things. Useful words Countries
Communication problems Conversation. Introductions
Conversation. Small talk. 1 Conversation. Small talk. 2
Conversation. Filler words Conversation. Small talk. Sport
Conversation. Small talk. The weather Describing things. Colours
Describing things. Adjectives Days. General
Days of the week and seasons Directions. 1
Directions. 2 Eating phrases. 1
Eating phrases. 2 Emergencies
Family Food and drink. At the bar or café. 1
Food and drink. At the bar or café. 2 Food and drink. At the bar or café. 3
Getting around. General words Getting around. General phrases
Getting around. Train and bus Getting around by taxi
Getting around by car Health and at the chemist
Household items Money
Months of the year Numbers. 1 to 10
Numbers. 11 to 20 Numbers. 30 to 1000
Parts of the body Places and buildings. 1
Places and buildings. 2 Question and size words
Sightseeing Special occasions
Somewhere to stay. 1 Somewhere to stay. 2
The house Useful words
Useful words to recognize Words to do with food. General
Words to do with food. Fruit Words to do with food. Vegetables
Words to do with food. Meat Time

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