More Fun Facts about Spanish

In one of our last entries we told you some (but not all) of some of the interesting facts and perks of learning a new language (in this case Spanish), today we bring you some more:

  • Considering the three moods (Indicative, Subjunctive and Imperative), there are 17 tenses in Spanish!
  • Many Spanish nouns are spelled the same but change meanings if they are used with a different gramatical gender. For example, el corte (the cut) and la corte (the court).
  • Exclamations and questions in Spanish need to begin with an “inverted” exclamation mark ( ¡ ) or question mark (¿) . These punctuation marks do not exist in other languages, except some minority languages in Spain. Example:
    ¡ Oh no!
  • The letter “c”, when it appears before the letters “e” and “i” is pronounced differently by speakers in Latin America and Spain. The first group pronounces it like an “s” and the second group as a “th” in thanks. Example: Ciervo (Si-ervo) and (Thiervo)
  • The word yo (English: I) can be pronounced in at least four different ways depending on the location of the speaker. Such as Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador and Spain. (Sho-Yo-Io-LLo)
  • There are many words in Spanish that can’t be translated in one word in English. An examples is empalagarse (meaning to feel sick because of too much sweetness in food but also figuratively as in romantic situations). Example: Me empalague mucho comiendo postre. // Es muy empalagoso.

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