Una breve historia del idioma español (A Brief History of the
Una historia breve del idioma español (A Brief History of the Spanish Language) Señora Shamah Flagstaff High School La Clase de Español I Where does Spanish come from? • ¡España! (SPAIN!) Where does Spanish come from? • During the Middle Ages, Spanish developed in the Castile region of Spain which is why it is sometimes called “castellano.” • Spanish was greatly influenced by different dialects from the Iberian peninsula, as well as Latin and Arabic. • Lucky for us, Spanish has much in common with English because they are both LATIN-influenced languages. How did Spanish leave Spain? • Spanish was first brought to the Western Hemisphere (the Americas and the Caribbean) 5 centuries ago by Spanish explorers and colonists. • Most of the explorers and colonists came from southern Spain, bringing with them accents from Andalusia. Where is Spanish spoken in the world today? • Europa (España) Where is Spanish spoken in the world today? • Las Islas Caribeñas (El Caribe) Cuba, la República Dominicana, Puerto Rico Where is Spanish spoken in the world today? • Sudamérica Venezuela Colombia Ecuador Perú Bolivia Paraguay Chile Uruguay Argentina Where is Spanish spoken in the world today? • Centroamérica Guatemala Honduras El Salvador Nicaragua Costa Rica Panamá Where is Spanish spoken in the world today? • Norteamérica Los Estados Unidos México Why is Spanish an important language in the United States? • The U.S. has the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking population in the world! • Over 48 million residents of the U.S. use Spanish as their primary language. • Major cities in the U.S. with large Spanishspeaking populations are: – New York City -- Chicago – Miami -- Phoenix – Los Angeles -- Houston How will knowing Spanish help you in your future? • Learning Spanish will actually help you with your English! • Knowing Spanish will look excellent on a college application. • Speaking more than one language makes you a better candidate when looking for a job. • Knowing Spanish will open up doors to many potential opportunities to travel, meet new people, and understand cultures different than your own. Español en el mundo hoy (Spanish in the world today) Now that you have learned briefly about the history of Spanish and where it is spoken in the world today, we are now going to examine the Spanish-speaking world more carefully.