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Happy UN Spanish Language Day 2019: History, Celebration & Interesting Facts

Happy UN Spanish Language Day 2019: History, Celebration & Interesting Facts: UN Spanish Language Day is observed every year on April 23 which was established by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the year 2010 to seeking “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization”.

UN Spanish Language Day 2019

There are more than 400 million people who speak Spanish all around the world. It is also considered as the second most spoken language in the world.

Spanish Language Day is recognized every year on April 23 in order to pay tribute to the author Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra.

History

In the year 2010, the United Nations titled six language days in recognition of the six official languages of the U.N. and to bring consideration to the past, culture, and accomplishments of each of the languages.

The U.N. nominated April 23 for Spanish Language Day honouring the celebrated Spanish author and poet, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. His superb novel, Don Quixote, which was so amazing that it has been translated into more than 60 languages. Spanish Language Day honours the day of Cervantes death which was on April 23, 1616.

The six days documented comprises of French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Spanish Language Day on April 23 Russian Language Day on June 6, and Arabic Language Day on December 18. The U.N. also celebrates International Mother Language Day on February 21 as well as International Translation Day on September 30.

Spanish Language Day Celebration

On this day various events are organised to honour the language as well as Spanish author and poet, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. You can celebrate the day by reading Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra novels or poems. For the entertainment part you can also watch Spanish movies or series. You can also make others to learn few words or sentences in Spanish. Also, you can express yourself by celebrating the Spanish language and its contributions to other languages using #SpanishLanguageDay to share on social media.

Interesting Spanish Language Facts

Spanish is a considered as the Romance language which is derived from Vulgar Latin. The Muslim rule in Spain for the duration of the Middle Ages has left its mark on the Spanish language, as a lot of Arabic words were unified into Spanish.

Spanish is spoken by more than 500 million people all around the world, comprising 470 million native speakers. It is expected that there are more than 21 million students of Spanish as a foreign language.

Unlike maximum other language where a simple exclamation or question mark is applied at the finish of an exclamation or a question, Spanish use inverted exclamation and question marks. Such as: ose, ¿adónde vas? – which in English is: Jose, where are you going?

Spanish (Español) is also known as Castilian (Castellano), remaining to its roots as the language of Castile, which is a region in central Spain.