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Spanish as a study discipline



Spanish is the most widely spoken Romance language. It is official language of Spain More than 400 million people in the world speak Spanish. Spanish is also accepted as official language in following countries- Central America and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
The United Nations and the European Union uses Spanish as one of the official language. The African nations of Western Sahara use Spanish, as one of the official languages, the other language in use is Arabic. Spanish is widely spoken in United States. It is the official language of New Mexico State. 

Spanish has two major dialects; i.e. Andalusian and Castilian. These dialects by and large fluctuate in pronunciation of the letter arrangements ce, ze, and za. Speakers of the Andalusian dialect speak these arrangements with an s sound, while Castilian speakers speak them with a th sound. Spanish has resemblance with Portuguese in vocabulary and grammar. It has greater influence of Arabic too as the region was under Islamic reign quite for large time.  During Andalusian period Spanish language was derived from Vulgar Latin. It has influences from Germanic language and Basque and Celtiberian.

In 1492, Elio Antonio de Nebrija in Salamanca, in Spain wrote Gramática de la Lengua Castellana, the first Latin to Spanish grammar. In 16th century and afterward the Spanish language reached to America and the Spanish East Indies as a result of colonization. In 20th century the Spanish language was brought to United State, Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea.


Spanish language as study discipline finds place in Indian school and college curriculum. At school level Spanish is offered as a third language in general. At college level it is taught as a part of foreign language along with French, German etc. Different universities offers post graduate and research programs in Spanish language.  Candidate proficient in Spanish language works with different government and private organizations and media houses etc as translator, language expert and in various other capacities. Spanish is one of the most sought after foreign language among Indian students. Different government and private institutes also offer part time and weekend programs in Spanish.

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