Which countries are included may surprise you
When discussing the Spanish language, many people think of Spain, images of Don Quixote, flamenco dancers and Spanish wines popping up in their minds. It is true that the language that we call Spanish today did originate in Spain, but it’s also important to keep in mind which countries have the highest Spanish speaking populations today, so let’s take a look.
#5 – Spain
Number of Speakers: 34 million
Other languages spoken include: Catalan, Basque, Galician
Cultural Contributions: The movies of Pedro Almodovar, Enrique and Julio Iglesias, the literature of Miguel de Cervantes, the art of Pablo Picasso.
#4 – United States of America
Number of Speakers: 40 million
Other languages spoken include: English, Chinese, Tagalog
Cultural Contributions: Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Cisneros, the cultural activism of Cesar Chavez, as well as playing host to many Hispanic celebrities who left their home countries, like Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan.
#3 – Argentina
Number of Speakers: 42 million
Other languages spoken include: English, Italian, Arabic
Cultural Contributions: Jorge Luis Borges, Che Guevara, Tango music, Soccer players Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, Pope Francis.
#2 – Colombia
Number of Speakers: 46 million
Other languages spoken include: Several indigenous languages including Chibchan, Tucanoan, Bora-witoto
Cultural Contributions: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Shakira, Juanes.
#1 – Mexico
Number of Speakers: 111 million
Other languages spoken include: Nahuatl, Yukatek Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec
Cultural Contributions: Artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Mariachi music, poet Octavio Paz, comedian Chespirito.
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