Different Spanish Varieties

Spanish is the official language for about twenty different countries around the world and is spoken by over 400 million people. Spanish, like many of the other global languages, has several dialects, variations, and colloquialisms corresponding to the different regions where it is spoken. The distinctness between the Spanish dialects and those of other dialects is that Spanish dialects do not have many grammatical differences, regardless of the major variations between their vocabulary, intonation, and pronunciation. The Spanish dialects spoken in North America have major differences between those spoken in Spain, which is also true for the Spanish dialects spoken in Spain compared to Latin America.

The different Spanish dialects spoken in various parts of the world include, but are not limited to:

  • Standard Spanish
  • American Spanish
  • Andalusian Spanish
  • Canarian Spanish
  • Castilian Spanish
  • Caribbean Spanish
  • Columbian Spanish
  • Mexican Spanish
  • Moroccan Spanish
  • Panamanian Spanish
  • Rioplatense Spanish
  • Venezuelan Spanish 

Main Differences in Spanish

Some of the major differences, as far as pronunciations are concerned, involve putting the letter “s” at the ends of words. In Latin America, these endings are silent, while in major parts of Spain, they are vocalized. In several parts of Latin America, the letter “j” at the beginning of a word is pronounced as an “h” such as in the English word hope, which is not the case in the Spanish dialects spoken in Spain or North America.

Words ending with the letter “n” are pronounced as in the English word Zen when speaking in the Spanish dialects used in Latin America and Spain, while the “n” in the same situation is pronounced as “ng” in the English word sung in Spanish dialects spoken in the United States. In major parts of Latin America, the phoneme “th” has been completely merged with “s”. Because of this, the Spanish dialects found in Latin America have a few words which have same phonetics with different meaning and spelling. This is not the case with the other Spanish dialects spoken in other parts of the world.

Changes in Grammar

As for the variations in grammar of the different Spanish dialects, the pronoun “vos”, which is the second person plural pronoun, is a common feature of the Spanish dialects spoken in Latin America. The transitive verb “tutear” is used with “vos” in the Latin American Spanish dialects. Similarly, Spanish dialects in Latin America have only a single second person plural pronoun, that is, “ustedes”, while that in Spain has two ustedes and vosotros. In Latin American Spanish dialects, the verbs generally are in the simple past tense while those in Spain use the compound tense form to describe an action that has been completed in the past.

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Ethnic Groups in Spain

Even Spain has different ethnic groups with subtle differences in the spoken Spanish language.








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