Leonese (Leonese: Llionés, Asturian: Lleonés) is a set of vernacular Romance language varieties currently spoken in northern and western portions of the historical region of León in Spain (the modern provinces of León, Zamora, and Salamanca) and a few adjoining areas in Portugal. In this narrow sense, Leonese is distinct from the dialects ...
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Spanish is the most spoken language of South America with Portuguesea close second. Other official and majority languages in specific countries are: 1. Dutch in Suriname 2. English in Guyana, the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 3. French in French Guiana, an overseas region of France.
Indigenous languages of South America include, among several others, the Quechua languages in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and to a lesser extent in Argentina, Chile and Colombia; Guaraní in Paraguay and to a much lesser extent in Argentina and Bolivia; Aymara in Bolivia, Peru and to a lesser extent in Chile; Wayuu in northern Colombia and northwest Venezuela; and Mapudungunin small pockets of southern Chile and Argentina. In Bolivia, Quechua, Aymara, and Tupi Guarani are co-official alongside Spanish. In Paraguay, Guarani shares joint official status with Spanish. In Colombia, the languages of the country's ethnic groups are constitutionally recognized as official languages in their territories; more than 60 such aboriginal languages exist today. In Ecuador, Spanish, Northern Quechua and Shuar are official for intercultural relations. In Peru, Quechua, Aymara, and other indigenous languages are co-official in the areas where they are predominant. There are many other languages once spoke...
In Brazil, Italian and German dialects, specifically Talian, East Pomeranian and Hunsrik, have co-official status alongside Portuguese in about a dozen cities, and are mandatory subjects in schools in other municipalities. The states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul have Talian officially approved as a heritage language in these states, and Espírito Santo has the East Pomeranian dialect, along with the German languageas cultural heritage. Italianis spoken by communities in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. Germanis used by some in Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Colombia. Welsh is spoken and written in the historic towns of Trelew and Rawson in the Argentine Patagonia. There are also small clusters of Japanese-speakers in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia (including Okinawansfrom the island of Okinawa), Colombia, Paraguay, and Ecuador. Brazil currently holds the largest Japanese community outside Japan Caribbean Hindustani is spoken by the Indo-Guyanese and the Indo-Suriname...
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Although spoken in only one country, Brazil, Portuguese has the largest number of speakers in South America. Spanish, spoken in a lot more countries, comes a a close second. Finally, the Guyanas provide the last 3 official languages: – English is the official language of Guyana (and the Falkland Islands) – Dutch is the official language of ...
Asturian-Leonese has been in the same kingdom as Castilian since any of the 2 languages exist, Castilian is originally from the County of Castile which was the eastern more Basque-influenced end of the kingdom of León. So Castilian and Leonese have coexisted since they became different langauges from the same dialect of Latin.
Latin-American Spanish is spoken in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Other Spanish dialects are Andalusian, Murcian, Aragonese, Navarrese, Leonese, and Canary Islands Spanish. Castilian Spanish Dialect / Neutral Spanish Castilian Spanish is also called Neutral Spanish because it is so widely accepted.
Though the tally is close, Spanish is the most spoken language in South America, edging out Portuguese by a few million people. Nearly 210 million South Americans speak Spanish, with the largest number living in Colombia — about 47.2 million. Close behind is Argentina, with 43.5 million speakers, followed by Venezuela (31.1 million), Peru (27.4 million), Chile (18.1 million), Ecuador (15.9 million), Bolivia (9.4 million), Paraguay (4.6 million), Uruguay (3.4 million), Brazil (491,000) and Trinidad and Tobago (70,000).
Coming in at a close second is Portuguese, with around 206 million speakers in South America. Brazilis home to the vast majority of those speakers (over 205 million) and is the only country in South America where Portuguese is the official language. There are also contingents of Portuguese speakers in Venezuela (254,000), Paraguay (212,000) and Uruguay (24,000).
English is the third most spoken immigrant language in South America, with about 5.4 million speakers. Most of them live in Argentina (2.8 million) and Colombia (1.9 million), followed by Guyana (680,000). The majority of the (albeit very small) population of the Falkland Islands, which are an autonomous territory of the United Kingdom, speak English as well (2,600).
Taking the fourth spot is German. Just over 2 million German speakers reside in South America. Most of them live in Brazil (1.5 million), but others live in Argentina (400,000), Ecuador (112,000), Paraguay (58,000), Uruguay (27,000) and Chile (20,000).
The fifth most spoken language in South America is Italian, with about 1.5 million speakers. Almost all of them live in Argentina, but a handful are located in Brazil (50,000).
There are two different Arabic dialects with a significant number of speakers in South America: Modern Standard Arabic and North Levantine Spoken Arabic. Because the dialects are mutually intelligible, we’ve combined them in this ranking. South America is home to about 1.1 million Arabic speakers, primarily living in Argentina (1 million). There are also pockets of Arabic speakers in Venezuela (110,000) and Suriname (1,000).
As with Arabic, there are many different varieties of Chinese, and a few of them are spoken in South America, including Hakka Chinese, Yue Chinese and Mandarin Chinese. If you combine all of the dialects, there are about 535,000 Chinese speakers in South America. The majority are in Argentina (400,000), but there are also Chinese speakers in Peru (100,000), French Guiana (13,800), Suriname (12,600), Ecuador (7,000) and Guyana (1,500).
Coming in at number eight on our list of the most spoken languages in South America is Ukrainian. There are approximately 527,000 Ukrainian speakers in South America, most of whom are in Brazil (500,000). The rest live in Argentina (27,000).
The penultimate language on our list is Japanese, spoken by about 412,000 people in South America. 380,000 Japanese speakers live in Brazil, while Argentina is home to the other 32,000.
Dutch just barely beat out French for tenth most spoken language. There are about 280,000 Dutch speakers in South America, all of whom live in Suriname — a former Dutch colony where Dutch is still the official language. There are only 231,000 French speakers in South America. They all live in French Guiana, a territory of France where French is the official language.
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Spanish is the official language of Spain. Also referred to as Castilian, it is a Romance language with origins in the Castile region of Spain. Two major speeches influenced the creation of Spanish: the Medieval Romance language of the Kingdom of Castile and the Mozarabic dialect of the Muslim Kingdom of Toledo. As the Spanish Empire spread across the world in the 16th century, so too did their language. Today, hundreds of millions of people speak Spanish as their first language. Within Spain, approximately 88% of the population speaks it as their native language, and 99% are able to speak it.
Co-official regional languages include Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Occitan. Basque is the only non-Romance language with official status in the country and is in fact, not related to any other language. It is spoken by the inhabitants of Basque Country and northern Navarre. Catalan is spoken in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and Valencia (autonomous communities). About 17% of the population speaks Catalan, making its speakers one of the largest bilingual, non-state communities in Europe. Galician is spoken by 9% of the population of Spain, mainly in Galicia which is an autonomous region in the northwest and is related to Portuguese. Occitan is also spoken in Catalonia where the inhabitants use a subdialect called Aranese. These languages are widely used in newspapers, books, on TV, and in local government. The recognized regional languages are Aragonese, Asturian, and Leonese. These are not official and are considered minority endangered languages. Aragonese is spoken Aragon by...
Approximately 6.1 million people in Spain were born in different countries. This number represents a little more than 13% of the population. The majority of these immigrants have come from the European Union, Latin America, Morocco, China, and Russia (to name a few). This has been reflected in the immigrant languages of the country which include: Latin American Spanish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Arabic, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian.
Of the foreign languages spoken in Spain, three in particular have a significant role in Spanish society. The main foreign languages of Spain are English, French, and German. Approximately 27% of the population speaks English. Some English speakers are British-born, others use English for business transactions. French is spoken by 12% of the population, and like English, this is a common business language. Additionally, it is also spoken by French-born individuals who currently number about 100,448. German is spoken by only 2% of the population.
French is spoken in the overseas department of France, French Guiana. Dutch is spoken in Suriname. Guyana is the only country in South America with English as the official language. A significant number of indigenous languages are also spoken in South America. The most commonly spoken indigenous language is Quechua, followed by Guarani and Aymara.
Well historically Asturian-Leonese has been one of the first languages to be dropped in favour of Spanish and it is one of the closest languages to Castilian.
The residents in South America are made up of Indians, Whites and people of mixed race. The continent has a land area of 17,850,000 square kilometers, accounting for about 12% of the world’s land area. As mentioned above, Spanish is the most spoken language and residents are primarily Christian. South America tourism becomes more and more ...