Spanish (español) is a Romance language named for its origins as the native tongue of a large proportion of the inhabitants of Spain It is also named Castilian (castellano) after the Spanish region of Castile where it originated. Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin.
In 1999 there were, according to Ethnologue, 358 million people speaking Spanish as a native language and a total of 417 million speakers worldwide. Currently these figures are between 400 and 500 million people respectively. Mexico contains the largest population of Spanish speakers. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur.
Spanish is a part of the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of spoken Latin in central-northern Iberia around the ninth century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile (present northern Spain) into central and southern Iberia during the later Middle Ages. Early in its history, the Spanish vocabulary was enriched by its contact with Basque and Arabic, and the language continues to adopt foreign words from a variety of other languages, as well as developing new words. Spanish was taken most notably to the Americas as well as to Africa and Asia-Pacific with the expansion of the Spanish Empire between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, where it became the most important language for government and trade.
Due to its increasing presence in the demographics and popular culture of the United States, particularly in the fast-growing states of the Sun Belt, Spanish is the most popular second language learned by native speakers of American English. The increasing political stability and economies of many larger Hispanophone nations, the language's immense geographic extent in Latin America and Europe for tourism, and the growing popularity of warmer, more affordable, and culturally vibrant retirement destinations found in the Hispanic world have contributed significantly to the growth of learning Spanish as a foreign language across the globe.
Spanish is the third most commonly used language on the Internet after English and Mandarin. It is also the third most studied language and third language in international communication, after English and French, in the world.
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- People who want to learn English are willing to help you learn Spanish. (And a lot of them are really cute!)
Books and .PDF files
- La Guerra de las Brujas series
- Los Detectives Salvajes.
- Cien Años de Soledad.
- Pedro Páramo.
- La Ciudad y los Perros.
- Hombres de Maíz.
- El Beso de la Mujer Araña.
- El Túnel.
- La Tregua.
- El Juguete Rabioso.
- Spanish Grammar Sparkcharts
Webs to Download eBooks in Spanish
- El País: Centre-left wing, Spain
- El Mundo: Centre-right wing, Spain
- ABC: Right wing, Spain
- BBC Spanish: UK
- RT - Noticias en vivo: LAmerica/Spain
- La Jornada: México
- Aristegui Noticias: México
Movies and TV
- Highly rated or recommended Spanish language movies:
- Balada Triste de Trompeta
- Como Agua Para Chocolate
- El Infierno
- El Juego del Ahorcado
- El Mariachi
- La Piel Que Habito
- La Cara Oculta
- Lovers of the Artic Circle
- Pans Labyrinth
- Y Tu Mama Tambien
- Talento de barrio
- Hable con ella.
- Amores Perros
- La Historia Oficial
- El Secreto de sus Ojos
- Los Olvidados
- Nueve Reinas
- Mundo Grua
- XXY (Movie about hermaphrodite teenager.)
- [Rec ]
- El Cuerpo (Thriller)
Spanish TV series:
- Águila Roja (RTVE )
- Al Filo de la Ley (RTVE )
- Amar En Tiempos Revueltos (RTVE )
- Ana y los 7 (RTVE )
- Aquí no hay quien viva (Antena3)
- Bandolera (Antena3)
- Betty la Fea (Ugly Betty) (The original version of Ugly Betty. Yes, imperialist dog US of A along with the rest of the world ripped this show off. The original version is the best version without a doubt.)
- Con el culo al aire (Antena3)
- Cuéntame (RTVE )
- El Barco (Antena3)
- El Comisario (Tele5) (Mitele)
- El corazón del Océano (Antena3) Takes part during the conquest of America, the King Carlos I is worried about the race mixing so he decides to send a ship with 80 spanish maidens to you-know-what in the New World and spread the Spaniard love.
- El Príncipe (Tele5) (Mitele)
- El Secreto de Puente Viejo (Antena3)
- El tiempo entre costuras (Antena3)
- Física o Química
- Gran Hotel (Antena3)
- Hispania, la Leyenda. (Antena3)
- Hospital Central (Tele5) (Mitele)
- Karabudjan (Antena3)
- La Reina del Sur (Antena3) Colaboration between Colombia and Spain, based on reality, a Queen Drug Dealer.
- Los Hombre de Paco (Antena3) Follows a police man and his friends.
- Los Serrano (Tele5) (Mitele)
- Manos a la obra (Antena3)
- Mujeres Asesinas (Based on real cases of crazy women killing people. To the degree of how much is based on real life is arguable but the series is good overall.)
- Qué vida más triste (laSexta) A guy tells his life to a camera, with a lot of irony and sense of humor, also yeah, his life is quite sad lel.
- Rescatando a Sara (Antena3) Mini serie about a woman trying to get her daughter back after she has been kidnapped.
- Señoras que (Antena3)
- Sin tetas no hay paraíso (Tele5) (Mitele) Spanish version of the Colombian original series.
- Tierra de Lobos (Mitele)
- Toledo (Antena3)
- Un Paso Adelante (Antena3)
- Velvet (Antena3)
- Vientos de Agua.
Spanish TV Programs of Actuality:
- Al Rojo Vivo (laSexta) Politics, politics and more politics.
- El Intermedio (laSexta) News and political news with a lot of humor.
- El Objetivo (laSexta)
- Encarcelados (laSexta) Program about different spanish people imprisoned abroad.
- Equipo de Investigación (laSexta) Investigations about different kind of topics, issues and news.
- laSexta Columna (laSexta)
- La Sexta Noche (laSexta) Basically political debates, they end up easily shouting and insulting at each other.
- Más Vale Tarde (laSexta) News
- Salvados (laSexta)
Spanish TV Programs of Entertainment:
- Atrapa un millón (Antena3) Kinda stupid, but meh, people from all over the country and can be fun.
- Bricomanía (Nova)
- Buenafuente (laSexta)
- Callejeros (Cuatro) (Mitele) They make programs of "investigation" trying to get to dirtiest of the dirt. Still good to practice the listening as there are people from all over Spain (and foreigners) with different accents and using more or less slang, or not using it at all.
- Cruz y Raya (RTVE) It's a bit old program (1987-2007), made of humorous sketches. You can find many of them on YouTube.
- Desafío extremo (Cuatro) (Mitele)
- El Club de la Comedia (laSexta)
- En el aire (laSexta)
- Frank de la Jungla (Mitele) The guy is a jerk, but you can laugh.
- La hora de José Mota (RTVE)
- Museo Coconut (Antena3)
- Pasapalabra (Mitele)
- Policías en acción (laSexta) Program that follows different police in action and their duties.
- Sé lo que hicisteis (laSexta)
- Vaya semanita (eitb) (YouTube) Program of humor about Euskadi and the rest of Spain. Very good.
- Cálico Electrónico (YouTube) A damn fucking hell of abusing cunts using bloody goddamn fucking strong language.
- Comaland (YouTube) It has a big accent from south spain and some slang.
- Crónicas Drakonianas (ATP) (YouTube)
- Enjuto Mojamuto (RTVE) (YouTube)
- Familia Ibérica (YouTube)
- Háztelo mirar (ATP)
- Las Crónicas de Maia (ATP)
- Malviviendo (YouTube)
- Niña Repelente (YouTube)
- Treintañeros (ATP)
- Zombicidas (ATP)
Television Stations in Spain:
Some of the TV series dubbed in Spanish: (virtually all American shows have Spanish subtitles)
- Adventure Time
- Breaking Bad
- Criminal Minds
- Game of Thrones
- Gossip Girl
- How I Met Your Mother
- Modern Family
- My Name Is Earl
- Pretty Little Liars
- Prison Break
- Raising Hope
- Sex and the City
- South Park (Latino)
- The Big Bang Theory
- The Mentalist
- The Simpsons
- The Sopranos
- The Walking Dead
- True Blood
They could be a bit hard to follow because of the speech's speed of the comedians. Here's a list of some popular and recommended artist:
- Dani Mateo
- Dani Rovira Andalusian accent 
- Goyo Jimenez Specialist in Murrica stuff.
- Luis Piedrahita  
Small indications: Inside "" will go additional genres, pe.: Flamenco rock, Danzón electronic, etc. And the country of origin will be at the end in Superscript style. The wikipedia pages have their corresponding more complete version in Spanish, check them while you're at it.
- Buena Vista Social Club: [Son, Danzón, Afro-Cuban] Cuban
- Susana Baca: [Afro-Peruvian] Peruvian
- Andy & Lucas: [Pop] Spanish Not really flamenco, but a "light" version of it, kinda.
- Camarón: Spanish
- Camela [Pop] Spanish
- Diego "El Cigala": Spanish
- El Fary: [Copla] Spanish
- Kiko Veneno (Rock): Spanish
- Los Chichos: [Rumba] Spanish
- Los del Río: [Sevillanas, Rumba, Pop] Spanish
- Bomba Estéreo: [Electronic, Reggae, Rap and Rock]
- Mercedes Sosa: [Argentine Folk] Argentina
- Triángulo de Amor Bizarro: [Noise Rock]
- Los Punsetes
- El Reno Renardo: [Comedy heavy metal] They are rude, gross and lewdy funny. A few songs also have very strong critics against the goverment/society mixed with irony and humor. It can be difficult to understand because they have a lot of cultural references and use slang/rude words. Spanish
- Saratoga: Spanish
- Stravaganzza Spanish
- Aleks Syntek:
- Amaral: YouTube Vevo Spanish
- Belanova: [Synthpop, Electronic]
- Estopa: [Rumba, Flamenco, Rock] Spanish
- Hombres G: [Rock] Vevo Spanish
- La oreja de Van Gogh: Vevo Spanish
- Malú: [Flamenco, copla, balada] Vevo Spanish
- Mecano: Unofficial YouTube (The unofficial channel has virtually all the discography) Spanish
- Miguel Bosé: YouTube Vevo Spanish
- Miranda!: [Electropop, Electronica, Synthpop]
- Shakira: Vevo Columbian
- Calle 13: [Reggaetón]
- Cypess Hill: (Exitos en Español)
- Doble V (Violadores del Verso): [v1] Spanish
- Don Omar: (Terrible, basically hip-hop in Spanish, if you want to listen something like Pitbull, this is your "singer")
- Cultura Profetica: [Reggae] Spanish
- Charly García:
- Cirse: Argentine [Pop Rock] (they sound like Spanish version of Paramore)
- El Cuarteto de Nos: [Rap, Comedy Rock]
- Gustavo Cerati:
- Héroes del Silencio: Spanish
- Los gatos :
- Los Prisioneros
- Love of Lesbian: [Piano-driven, Pop] Very simple sentence structure. Spanish
- Luis Alberto Spinetta: Rock/Singer-Songwriter
- Mägo de Oz: [Celtic, Metal, Symphonic] YouTube Spanish
- Pereza: Vevo Spanish
- Serú Girán:
- Muchachito Bombo Infierno
Some songs are and/or have been quite popular, growing a special place in the people's heart. In general those songs have big cultural roots so it's more likely that they would be popular on certain countries and completely unkown in the rest.
- El Imperio Contraataca - Los Nikis [Spain] From a TV program from the 80' called La Bola de Cristal.
- Macarena - Los del Río. [Spain] It had to be here. The one of the link is the original version, though it doesn't have lyrics, a version with them will be added later on.
Por clasificar/To Classify:
- [Band/singer] (category)
- Monsieur Periné: Colombian
- Nacho Vegas: (Singer/Songwriter)
- Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota:
- Pony Bravo: (They have some song in english so you can decide if you like them)
- Puerto Candelaria :
- Soda Stereo:
- Sui Generis:
- Sussie 4 [Electronic House] (They don't sing at all really except for some Engrish but they're still good.)
- Systema Solar: Colombian
Other webs that may catch your interest:
- Asco de Vida: A web where people say "bad, awful, sad, fail" things that have happened to them and other stuff. Sometimes you can laugh too much. Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes life is a potato.
- Inciclopedia: The Red-pilled wikipedia about everything in the world. Totally and absolutely serious in every aspect. Every word can be understood as The Ultimate Truth given to the plebs from the deities while they were hanging out with Chuck Norris in the rave of the Party God. Use with caution. Once you have seen it, you cannot unsee it.
- AnimeID Streaming of anime with spanish subs.
- animeFLV Streaming of anime with spanish subs.
- JKanime Streaming of anime with spanish subs.
- MCAnime Download and forum of manga and anime. From South America, used worldwide.
- SubManga Manga online.
- If you have any experience learning this language, please share it. It's greatly appreciated!:
- English movies and TV dubbed in Spanish. The Spanish love to dub things, so if you have seen a movie or TV series before in English, download it in Spanish, without the subtitles, and watch it. Many people say this is one of the best ways to learn the language. Many foreign people who have learned English say this is how they did it, so take note.
- Consider that Spanish is a language that spans 3 continents and many, many cultures and dialects. There is no universally "correct" Spanish. Be aware that some aspects of the language vary greatly dialect to dialect (such as colloquial language or commonplace words, like names for produce) while other vocabulary is quite stable (technical terms, etc). Don't worry too much about it, in your initial stages of learning your goal is to be understood, not blend in. If later, someone tells you that you sound like a Spaniard, Mexican or Argentina, take it as a compliment.
- Though Spanish has examples of great literature, it might be fair to say the real textual richness of the language is in its song. Spain and Spanish-speaking North and South America contain myriad musical styles and the lyrical traditions of these music contain a lot of opportunity for the listener. There is rock and techno in Spanish, but why would you learn another language to listen to music that is already common in your culture? Flamenco, tango, afro-peruvian, afro-cuban, coplas, Veracruzan marimba and many other musics have rich lyrics for you to explore.
- If you find yourself drawn to learning about how to learn a language too much, try instead to read articles in spanish about how to learn english, thus solving both problems.
- The vowels may use an accute accent [acento agudo], ( ´ ), in some words to express the stress on the syllabe. Eg., á (árbol), é (intrépido), í (río), ó (canción), ú (último).
- Speaking of vowels, be aware that Spanish only has 5 vowel sounds. English, for example, despite having 5 or 6 written vowels, has upwards of 12 different vowel sounds. So limit yourself to "ah" as in father, "eh" as in let, "i" (ee) as in beat, "u" as in "blue" and o, which is discussed below.
- English-speakers are notorious for botching the "o" in spanish. In English, this word actually has two vowel sounds "o" at the beginning of the vowel and then "oo" made by rounding (puckering) the lips. Essentially, we have the "u" vowel hidden inside our way of pronouncing oh. Practice saying "No" in English and in Spanish. Put a finger to your lips as in the gesture for silence (Shh!!!) and say English "No". You will feel your lips contract. Now, say "No" in Spanish. If your lips contract, stop. When you can say "No" without moving your lips (not actually all the difficult) congratulations, you've eliminated one aspect of your gringo accent in one word. Keep trucking, there's still lots of work to do.
- All of the stops in Spanish are unaspirated. Learn what that means and stop doing it.
- The "R" is Spanish has two expressions. Intervocalic R is a flap, the same the sound represented by the two T's in the American pronunciation of butter; if you're a weeaboo, it's that Japanese sound that is rendered in romaji as R. Word-initial R (and sometimes word-final R) and RR are trills, the rolled R. Don't roll all of the R's, as that will obscure the diffference between "pero" (but) and "perro" dog.
- While we're at it, the Spanish letter "D" also has two sounds. Whenever it is the first letter in a word, or found after an "n" or an "l" it is pronounced similarly to the "d" in the English word "dog". In any other situation however, it is pronounced more like an English "th" sound like in the word "this".