Many of you might already know that every Thursday at 10:00 A.M there is a Spanish culture activity at Hotel Yaramar.
Many of the guests who have attended since we started it have shown an interest not only in our culture but also in our language, therefore last week we decided to make the activity a bit more dynamic by having a Spanish speaking session for the first time.
For this reason and because we love the fact you are willing to learn a bit more about Spain, this week we wanted to share with you some interesting facts about our language here on the blog:
- There are 414 millions of native Spanish speakers. This means that Spanish is the second language with the biggest amount of native speakers after Mandarin.
- Spanish is also the second language used in international communication after English.
- Spanish is not only spoken in Spain. It is also spoken in most South American countries, the Western Sahara, Equatorial Guinea, and in some areas of the Philippines.
- Spanish is the foreign language most people in America and Europe decide to learn.
- After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on our language is Arabic. Nowadays though things have changed and the language with the biggest influence on Spanish is English. In the last few years as we have included many English words related mainly to culture and technology.
- The first literary work written in Spanish was “El Cantar del Mio Cid », an anonymous poem from the 12th Century.
- The first Spanish grammar was created by Elio Antonio de Nebrija in 1492, the same year Columbus discovered America.
Did you know any of these facts? They are quite interesting, right?
If you are on holiday with us and fancy learning some more about the Spanish language and culture do not hesitate to join our Spanish activity. This is free of charge and is on Thursdays at 10:00 A.M at the Churchill Bar of Hotel Yaramar.
We would also love to thank our guests Jim, Enid, Steve and Dennis for attending our first Spanish speaking session and for the great time we had getting to know each other. We hope you enjoyed the experience and you decide to continue studying our beautiful and “a bit” complicated language.