Spanish Speaking Countries Maps, Capitals, and Games!
Spanish is the official language in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Review the Spanish speaking countries maps and note the capital of each of the Spanish speaking countries below. Test your knowledge of Spanish speaking countries maps and capitals with our fun quizzes and games!
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Spanish was spoken in the United States long before the United States existed! If you look at an old map of what is now the United States, you will observe that huge areas of the American Southwest and all of Florida was previously part of New Spain. Spanish is the most popular foreign language in United States. Spanish is the mother tongue of 41 million people who live in the USA. In addition, 11 million Americans speak Spanish as second-language. The United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. Soon the USA will have more Mexicans than Mexico!
Even within a single language there are major differences in speech. The term dialect refers to those differences in intonation and pronunciation. When traveling in Spanish speaking countries and capitals, one will soon discover words and expressions which are used extensively in some countries are noticeably absent in others. Regardless of the county you find yourself in, you will need to be comfortable with Spanish dialogue if you wish to communicate with anyone!
Spanish has a colorful history that spans continents and centuries. The same way English speakers from London use some words differently from those in New York or Sidney, there are very common expressions and vocabulary in Spain or Mexico which would be completely new and somehow strange for a Spanish native from Peru or Guatemala. To shout "be careful" or "watch out" to someone in Mexico, one simply shouts "aguas". This has no meaning in any other county. I have discovered about 1,000 similar examples in my thirty years of traveling and living in Spanish speaking countries and capitals.
If you study Spanish in Mexico, you will learn some words which you will never hear in Spain. You will also hear many Spanish idioms which you will only be able to use in Mexico. Of course, you will learn more than just words, you will also learn the challenging ser conjugation and estar conjugation!
You will also learn to distinguish between masculine and feminine genders, and a few thousand rules of grammar. All of this knowledge will be very helpful to you when you travel to other Spanish speaking countries and capitals. However, don't expect to be able to understand anyone the first week you arrive in Spain if you learned Spanish in Mexico. My wife is a native Spanish speaker and she had a very difficult time understanding many people during our travels through Spain.
It goes without saying that a strong knowledge of Standard Spanish will help you communicate with Spanish speakers throughout the world despite the huge variety of accents, expressions, local idioms, and mispronunciations which are unique to every Spanish speaking country or region. It is much easier to speak to a well educated person from a Spanish speaking country than to speak with someone in the street. In fact, it is often impossible to understand street Spanish in any country if you are not a native of that Spanish Speaking country.