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Spanish is a language spoken in Mexico & Spain and is an official language in a total of 20 countries and spoken as a first language by over 450 million people worldwide. Spanish spoken in Spain is often referred to as Castilian Spanish. Spanish dialects are mutually intelligible. Traveling abroad to a Spanish-speaking country? Check out the best apps for last-minute travel.
How many countries are Spanish speaking?
Spanish is the official language in 20 countries, mostly in Central and South America, and one territory (Puerto Rico). In addition, there are over 59 million Spanish speakers in the United States.
Mexico (130 million)
Colombia (50 million)
Spain (47 million)
Argentina (45 million)
Peru (32 million)
Venezuela (29 million)
Chile (18 million)
Guatemala (17 million)
Ecuador (17 million)
Bolivia (1 million)
Cuba (11 million)
Dominican Republic (10 million)
Honduras (9 million)
Paraguay (7 million)
El Salvador (6 million)
Nicaragua (6 million)
Costa Rica (5 million)
Panama (3 million)
Uruguay (3 million)
Equatorial Guinea (857 thousand)
Puerto Rico (3 million)
How many dialects of Spanish are there?
Since Spanish is such a widespread language, there are many dialects of Spanish, but thankfully all are mutually intelligible – meaning a speaker of one dialect can understand and converse with a speaker in a different dialect.
Dialects of Spanish
Castilian in Spanish
This variation of Spanish is the official language in Spain. This is where Spanish originated. In addition to Castilian, Spain is home to related languages Basque, Catalan and Galician.
Christopher Columbus spoke Castilian.
Latin American Spanish
- Andean Spanish is a dialect of Spanish spoken in the central Andes, from western Venezuela, southern Colombia, with influence as far south as northern Chile and Northwestern Argentina, passing through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
Many speakers of traditional New Mexican Spanish are descendants of colonists from Spain and the New World who arrived in New Mexico in the 16th to the 18th centuries.
There are more speakers of Mexican Spanish than any other Spanish dialect. More than 20% of the world’s Spanish speakers speak Mexican Spanish.
Central American Spanish is the general name of the Spanish language dialects spoken in Central America. More precisely, the term refers to the Spanish language as spoken in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
Rioplatense Spanish, also known as Rioplatense Castilian, is a variety of Spanish spoken mainly in and around the Río de la Plata Basin of Argentina and Uruguay. It is also referred to as River Plate Spanish or Argentine Spanish.
The Spanish language was introduced to the Caribbean in 1492 with the voyages of Christopher Columbus.