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Spanish is the native language of about 332 million people in the world In addition to Spain Spanish is the official language of several other countries These countries include the following Argentina Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa Rica Cuba the Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay and Venezuela In addition it is widely spoken in other nations but not as the official language Some of which are Canada Morocco the Philippines and the United States Spanish is an example of the Romance languages in the Indo-European language family Within Spain the Spanish language has two major dialects Andalusian and Castilian Many other dialects exist in other geographical areas such as the different dialects in North America and South America The Spanish language originated in the Iberian Peninsula located in the Southwest region of Europe Before or during the 6th century BC the Iberians the regions first inhabitants mingled with the Celts nomadic people from central Europe Both the Iberians and the Celts combined to form a group called the Celtiberians The Celtiberians spoke a form of Celtic In 19 BC the region was under Roman rule The region became to be known as Hispania Its inhabitants learned Latin from different Romans When the classical Latin mixed with the pre-Roman languages of the Iberians Celts and Carthatginians Vulgar Latin appeared It followed basic Latin but also borrowed words of other languages Germanic tribes of Eastern Europe Visigoths invaded Hispania in AD 400s However Latin remained the official language of government and culture until about AD 719 This is when Moors Arabic-speaking Islamic groups from Northern Africa completed the conquest of the region of Hispania Arabic and Mozarabic was widely spoken in
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