Spanish or Castilian is a Western Romanesque language native to the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is generally considered a world language and the second most spoken mother tongue in the world, after Mandarin Chinese.
The Spanish language, derived from the vulgar Latin spoken around the Cantabrian region, north of the Iberian Peninsula, spread along the extension of the Kingdom of Castile and was conducted in Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific with the expansion of the Spanish empire between the fifteenth and nineteenth century, historical circumstances that make it the most widely spoken Romance language in the world today.
Spanish is now the native language of about 480 million people and is used by nearly 577 million people, making it the world’s third largest number of speakers, behind Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranked second for the number of birth speakers. Spanish is one of the main languages of international communication, with English or French.
Spanish is generally quite archaic and thus remains relatively close to classical Latin and modern Italian, with which it maintains a certain degree of intercomprehension. Belonging to the Ibero-Romanesque sub-branch like Portuguese, Spanish also allows a certain intercomprehension written, and to a lesser extent oral, with this one. Spanish is morphologically close to French, because of their common Latin origin, but intercomprehension remains very limited, although facilitated in writing by the archaic character of French spelling.
On the other hand, since Spanish comes from the region of Cantabria, in the north of Spain, it has been strongly influenced by the substratum formed by the ancestor of Basque, in particular at the morphological level, as well as in a lesser extent, lexical.
Like other Romance languages, Spanish has adopted the Latin alphabet and uses diacritics and digrams to complete it. Written accents, used in modern Spanish to mark the vowel tonic in some cases, or to distinguish some homonyms, were used spontaneously until the standardization of their use at the creation of the Royal Spanish Academy in the eighteenth century. In addition, the u carries an umlaut on rare occasions, namely in the sequences güe and güi to indicate that the u is pronounced (for example: bilingual, “bilingual”).
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There are 6 language levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) and depending on the desired level to learn, you must have the previous level.
But if you have no level and you want an advanced level (B2 for example), LVTI has a suitable program for advanced training for beginners.
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