Here are a few fun facts about Spanish:
- With over 400 million native speakers, Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken language in the world.
- Spanish is an official language of the UN, the European Union, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations.
- Over the last 10 years, the worldwide demand for Spanish Language courses has almost doubled.
- Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
- Spanish is one of the world’s most phonetic languages. If you know how a word is spelled, you almost always know how it is pronounced.
- Spanish’s use of inverted question marks and exclamation points ( ¿ and ¡ ) is unique among major languages.
- The country with the largest population of Spanish speakers is Mexico with over 110 million. The country with the second largest population is the United States with around 50 million (more than Spain!)
- After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic.
Do you remember the basic greetings we learned last term? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsPH4_ohGYg
Practise saying some of the greetings. Can you teach someone in your family?
Now, cut up the Spanish Greetings sheet and match each Spanish greeting/ phrase with the correct English translation (use google translate to check).
Can you use this vocabulary to create your own cartoon strip? Include speech bubbles to show your characters greeting each other in Spanish.
If you want to keep practising, try some of the worksheets/ puzzles and games.
¡Adiós, hasta luego!