Spanish (español), sometimes called Castilian (castellano), is a Romance language in the Iberian subgroup. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Spanish ranks first as the most widely spoken language in the world in terms of the number of native speakers, preceded only by Mandarin Chinese. Between 450 and 500 million people speak it as a first and second language.
Spanish also ranks second in the world’s most widely studied languages, being taught by at least 14 million students. According to other sources, this number exceeds 46 million students in 90 countries.
Both Spanish and other Romance languages are a modern continuation of vulgar Latin, a language that was spoken along with cult Latin in the former Roman Empire and laid the foundations of all modern Romance languages. Due to its spread in America, Spanish is the most widespread neo-Latin language in the world.
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