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Language of the Week: Spanish

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The language of this week is …. Castilian! Or more commonly known as Spanish. It carries the name Castilian due to the fact that it originates from the Castile region of Spain.

Did you know that Spanish is the official language for over 10 countries in the world? Including Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Ecuador and Cuba and many more! In fact, there are about 450 million native Spanish speakers in the world.

Here is the Spanish alphabet:

a  á  b  c  d  e  é  f  g  h  i  í  j  k  l  m  n  ñ  o  ó  p  q  r  s  t  u  ú  ü  v  w  x  y  z

There are also 5 digraphs, pairs of letters together used to represent one single sound:

ch, ll, rr, gu and qu

Because English and Spanish are both of Latin origin, if you speak English, you may already recognize more than 3000 Spanish words. Here are a few simple Spanish phrases to start you off:

Hello, my name is Hola, me llamo
How are you? ¿Como está usted?
Nice to meet you Mucho gusto
Thank you Gracias
Good morning Buenos dias
Good afternoon Buenas tardes
Good evening buenas noches

And of course, as you probably know by now, I love jokes, so here are a few in Spanish:

1. – Doctor, doctor, no puedo recordar nada
– Vaya, y desde cuándo tiene usted este problema?
– ¿Qué problema?

– Doctor, doctor, I can’t remember anything
– Oh well, and how long have you had this problem?
– What problem?

– Doctor, ¿usted cree que podré vivir 40 años más?
– Depende. ¿Usted parrandea con sus amigos?
– No, doctor
– ¿Bebe?
– No, doctor
– ¿Fuma?
– No, doctor
– ¿Tiene pareja?
– No, doctor
– ¿Y para qué diablos quiere usted vivir 40 años más?

2. – Doctor, do you think I could live 40 years longer?
– Depends. Do you party hard with your friends?
– No, doctor
– Do you drink?
– No, doctor
– Do you smoke?
– No, doctor
– Do you have a partner?
– No, doctor
– So why on earth do you want to live 40 years longer?

 Hope you had a few laughs!

Adiós  (bye) ! 

 



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