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More than 350 million people call Spanish their native tongue, putting it behind Mandarin but ahead of English. It's the most widely understood language in the Western Hemisphere and the most popular second language for native speakers of American English.

Pamplona, Spain is home to the running of the bulls, part of the weeklong San Fermín festival held every July. Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, it attracts about 1 million visitors to a city of less than 200,000. Each year, about 200-300 people are injured during the run. Learn More

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Interesting facts about the Spanish language

Spanish, like French and Italian, is considered a Romance language and is the second most spoken language in the world. Its global reach is in large part a result of the adventurous Spaniards of old who, alas, left their distinctive lisp on their home shores. That lisp wasn't the only feature of the language that didn't spread with the Spanish galleons. Today, European Spanish represents the finest of old-world history and regional influence.

Who speaks European Spanish?

The European dialect of Spanish—known as Castilian—is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is used as an official language by the European Union, Mercosur, and the Pacific Alliance. It is spoken in Spain, Oceania, the Northern Territories in Africa, and in the Philippines. There are also many Castilian speakers throughout South America.

What are the differences between Latin American and European Spanish?

The main characteristic of Castilian pronunciation is the English "th" sound (as in "thick") for the letter z (and also c in some cases), whereas Latin American Spanish uses the "s" sound for these letters. A characteristic of Spanish in Spain—one that never spread to the Americas—is the use of the second-person plural vosotros. In Latin America the formal form of "you all"/"you guys" is used—ustedes—which hasn't been used in Spain since the beginning of the eighteenth century. Another interesting note about Castilian: It's derived from Latin, but also has many words of Germanic and Arabic origin, as well as newer influences from Latin America since colonial times. The letters k and w are used only in words and names coming from foreign languages—as in kilo, folklore, whiskey, and William.

Fun facts about the so-called Castilian lisp

According to The Telegraph, the story of the Spanish following a fourteenth-century fashion by changing their pronunciation of the letter s to the "th" sound didn't stem from King Pedro of Castile's (1334–69) reported lisp. (Records show that this change occurred 200 years after his death.)