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About the story
What’s with this “Wren” thing?
   The oldest extant version of the fable we are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology of Low Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”) collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read more ...

Español (castellano)

Spanish (Castilian)

“Spanish Attack on a Flemish Village” by Pieter Snayers
(1592–1669)—Having rid itself of Muslims and Jews,
Spain colonized and Christianized many overseas
regions and unsuccessfully attempted to rid Northern
Europe of its Protestant “heretics.”

Language information: What is widely known as “Spanish” (español)—originally in reference to the general language of Spain—is actually Castilian (castellano), the language of the Spanish region of Castile (Castilla). Spaniards tend to refer to is as Castilian only when they contrast it with other languages of Spain, but in some areas of Latin America, such as in Argentina, the usual name for the language is castellano. This language has been influenced by many other languages, not only by those of Spain, including once dominant Arabic, but also by languages of Spain’s former colonies in Africa, Asia and the Americas. It has numerous dialects all over the world, but global Spanish language communication tends not to be problematic. With close to 300 million speakers worldwide, of these about 100 million in Mexico, 44 million in Colombia, 41 million in Spain, 39 million in Argentina, 30 million in the United States of America, and numerous others, Spanish is one of the world’s most ALL languages and dialects are beautiful, precious gifts. So cherish yours and others! Share them with the world!important languages and as such is represented officially in the United Nations.
     Spanish is the predominant language in most countries that used to be Spanish colonies. In the Philippines it came to be replaced by English, and there is now a dwindling number of Spanish speakers in that country, which has ceased to be a member of international organizations of Spanish-speaking nations. However, Filipino-colored Spanish is still being used as a non-native language by a minority of Filipinos, especially by those of (partly) Spanish descent, mostly those that have as their native language Chabacano, a Philippine-specific Spanish-based creole.

Language information: Indo-European > Romance > Italo-Western > Western > Gallo-Iberian > Ibero-Romance > West Iberian > Castilian

Historical Lowlands language contacts: English, Flemish

    Click to open the translation: [General] [Philippine] Click here for different versions. >

Author: Reinhard F. Hahn

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