How the Spainish language is different from the other European languages?

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How the Spainish language is different from the other European languages?
Why does it has so much attraction'

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updated SEP 1, 2009
posted by mahipalmihiryahoocoin

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Spanish along with English and Mandarin Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages around the world.

updated SEP 1, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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How the Spainish language is different from the other European languages?

Why does it has so much attraction?

I think most people, apart from personal or family reasons, are attracted to Spanish because it's a beautiful language. Italian is of course the most beautiful language in the world, but it's not so widely spoken. Apparently Spanish comes a close second.

(I can't see the beauty of Spanish or Italian because I'm too familiar with their sounds, but that is what I hear people say)

updated MAY 25, 2009
posted by 00719c95
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I found this listing of the ten most popular languages spoken worldwide, along with the approximate number of primary or first language speakers for that language.

  1. Mandarin Chinese - 882 million
  2. Spanish - 325 million
  3. English - 312-380 million
  4. Arabic - 206-422 million
  5. Hindi - 181 million
  6. Portuguese - 178 million
  7. Bengali - 173 million
  8. Russian - 146 million
  9. Japanese - 128 million
  10. German - 96 million

Also wikipedia has this very informative article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Spanish_language

updated MAY 25, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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Spanish shares its origins, plus much of its vocabulary and grammatical features with Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. It also shares a lot of vocabulary with English. The rest of the Germanic languages are quite different in most respects (German, Dutch, Swedish,...), as they are the Slavic languages (Czech, Polish, Croatian, Russian), or Greek, Albanian, Lithuanian, or the Celtic languages (Welsh, Irish, Breton,...). However, all these languages have a common distant ancestor. There are a few ones that have different origins: Hungarian, Bask, Finnish, Georgian,... and therefore, any similarity with these languages is pure coincidence. There are over 13 language families in Europe

Now, you don't expect us to compare Spanish with every single one of them, do you? Is there any particular feature that you would like to compare against the rest in particular? (e.g. the easiness of pronunciation, grammar, spelling).

updated MAY 25, 2009
posted by lazarus1907