We live in a world that has become smaller thanks to the fastest transportation facilities. Products that get produced in one part of the planet reach every country. Everyone, regardless of where they live, has access to everything. If you are an upper-middle-class consumer, you can probably name a dozen different products that are all produced in various countries of the world. But as consumers, we only focus on the products we get from these countries. There are a lot of positives about every state on the planet, but we have to look for those qualities if we wish to appreciate them.
Everyone loves the dances that originated in this region. The cuisine of Latin Americans is loved everywhere in the world. But did you know it is also the most urbanized place in the world where more than 75% of its population living in the cities? Well, now, you do. The continent has 20 countries, one of which is Brazil that grows the largest amount of coffee beans in the world that all of us drink so lovingly. It is also home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some countries of the region are progressing quickly and will be among the developed nations in the near future.
Facts About Latin America:
Here are some interesting facts about this region that has twenty countries and fourteen territories:
- Latin American countries were colonized by Spaniards and the Portuguese, which left a lasting impression on their society. Even today, Spanish and Portuguese are the most spoken languages in the region.
- Colombia is known for producing the most emeralds in the world every year. The production percentage can range from 50% to 95%.
- One in ten of known and plenty of unknown species of wildlife can be found in the Amazon, which is spread across eight of the continent’s countries.
- If you wish to see alpacas in their natural habitat, then you must visit Peru. 80% of the total alpacas in the world can be found in Peru.
- The people of this region love to celebrate. If you wish to enjoy carnivals, then visit the region from late January to early March. Depending on the countries you pick, you can get to enjoy various kinds of festivals.
- If you love extra spice in your food, then be grateful for Latin America because that’s where the world’s hottest chilies come from.
- Fingerprinting helps a lot of law enforcement agencies around the world. But the credit for introducing this technique in criminal investigations goes to Argentina.
- The potatoes we love so much and can’t live without originated in Peru. When the Spaniards colonized Peru, potatoes were the first item they shipped back home.
The Spanish Language Differences:
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages on planet earth, but you won’t find most of its speakers in Spain. The majority of its speakers live in Latin America, the continent that the Spaniards colonized and introduced the natives to their vernacular. The Spaniards expected population of 20 independent states to adopt their language as it is. But cultures and languages always get influenced by other factors. The people of different areas combined their dialects with Spanish and created unique versions of the language. They started using that version with their fellow countrymen, and that became their Spanish. Today, almost all the states of the continent speak Spanish. But not only their language is different from that of present-day Spain but also from the vernacular of each other. There are different versions of the tongue in use today.
- One of the biggest differences among the Spanish of different states is that of pronunciation. People from a certain region will use their speech in a different way from their neighbors. It is just like English, which sounds different in the US than it does in England.
- The region is known as the home of indigenous languages, and they have affected Spanish too. The words for flora and fauna were taken directly from the vocabulary of such tongues. Although European speakers of Spanish have also adopted foreign words, they were taken from Caribbean languages.
- A lot of simple words have been turned into slang by Latin Americans. Someone unaware of the offensive nature of some slang words can be in big trouble if they use the wrong term in a sentence.
- Each country in the region has its own version of Spanish. Each of these versions has unique features that make them different from each other. The regional particularities also affect mutual intelligibility in some areas. Particularly the differences between any version of Latin American Spanish and European Spanish are far too many.
- Due to the influence of the US on the region, the Anglicisms are quite common there. You can’t find them in the European version of the vernacular.
The world is huge, but that hasn’t stopped its people from interacting with each other. And when they come into contact, they end up affecting each other. This influence often lasts a lifetime and has the power to change culture and languages. The Spanish language is spoken on different continents of the world, but it is impossible for it to remain pure. It has adjusted in different societies according to its surroundings. Had it not changed for various regions, people would not have picked it up as their next native language. Change has affected the lives of millions of Latin Americans.