History of Spanish
10 Facts About the Spanish Language
A collection of basic but interesting facts about the world's No. 2 language.
A Linguistic Look at Spanish
Linguists classify languages in many ways. This article explains three ways that languages are classified and how Spanish fits in them.
Spanish Words Derived from Arabic
After Latin and English, Arabic is probably the biggest contributor of words to the Spanish language.
Trivia for Spanish Students
Do you know some interesting facts about Spanish? If so, it may help you with this quiz.
Where Is Spanish Spoken Outside Spain and Latin America?
It's common knowledge that Spanish is the language of most of Spain and most of Latin America. But there are other places where Spanish is spoken as well.
Alfabeto - Alphabet
A look at the origins of the English word "alphabet" and the Spanish word alfabeto.
Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week
The names of most of the days of the week in both English and Spanish come from the names of planets and the Roman gods.
Spanglish: English's Assault on Spanish
English words are rapidly becoming part of the Spanish language.
Size of Spanish Vocabulary
Although Spanish speakers have far fewer words at their disposal than English speakers do, the smaller vocabulary of the language shouldn't be seen as a sign of inferiority.
Why Two Forms of the Imperfect Subjunctive?
What now exist as two alternate forms of the imperfect subjunctive used to be two separate tenses.
Varieties of Spanish
Although Spanish is recognized as a single language, there are differences from country to country.
Why Does Spanish Add an Initial E to Some Words?
One characteristic of Spanish you may have noticed is that many words that are similar to English and start with letter combination such as "sp" or "sc" start with an e in Spanish. For example, "school" in English is escuela in Spanish and "special" becomes especial. Why is that?
Why Is Spanish Sometimes Called Castilian?
Sometimes Spanish is known as Castilian. This article explains why there are two names for the language and what the differences are between the two terms.
Definition of "Calque"
Definition of the linguistic term "calque" with examples in Spanish and English.
Origins of the Ñ in Spanish
The ñ is the only Spanish letter of Spanish origins.
Origins of the 'Lisp' of Spain
Once upon a time there was a Spanish king who had a lisp, and so many Spaniards copied him that there mispronunciation because the norm — or so the story goes. But don't believe it.