Let’s count them..
Spanish is a Romance language that is originated in the Iberian Peninsula and today is considered as a global language with more than 483 million native speakers, mainly in Spain and the Americas.
Let us first identify what is meant by dialects?
The term dialect refers to those differences in intonation and pronunciation and even words and expressions that exist in some branches of a language while absent in others.
Spanish has more than ten different dialects as a result of Spanish getting influenced by another language, keeping in mind that Spanish act as an official language of 18 countries. The estimated number of speakers when it comes to Spanish are Mexico 110 million, Colombia 41 million, Argentina 40 million, Spain about 38 million, Peru 26 million, Venezuela 27 million, Bolivia, Cuba and many others with less than ten million speakers and this justifies the varieties of the Spanish language.
Let’s count some of the Spanish dialects that exist in the world:
This is the official language of Spain. It’s spoken in North and Central Spain. This dialect is the most popular dialect of Spanish in the whole world.
Andalusian is the second most spoken dialect of Spanish after Castilian although there is a huge difference between both of them. It is spoken in southern Spain.
· Caribbean Spanish
Caribbean Spanish is spoken in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and along the East coast of Mexico and Central America. While they might have other dialects embedded between them, Spanish speakers combine all the countries together calling them the Caribbean Spanish.
· Central America or Mexican dialects
Surprisingly, Mexico is the biggest Spanish speaking country globally before Spain. This dialect is considered the easiest among them all.
This dialect is spoken in the River Basin region between Argentina and Uruguay. This dialect is strongly influenced by Italian language.
It is mainly spoken in the Spanish canary island and this is somehow related to the Caribbean Spanish.
Llanito is a combination of Andalusian Spanish and the British English. This dialect is mostly spoken in Gibraltar the overseas territory of Britain.
This dialect is spoken in the Autonomous Region of the Community of Murcia in the southeast of Spain.
· The Chilean Spanish Dialect
The Chilean is like the Caribbean Spanish, Chilean Spanish is special and much more difficult.
· Equatoguinean Spanish
This dialect represents the only official Spanish spoken in Africa; it has incorporated some vocabulary and pronunciation patterns from both native Guineans and immigrant Germans of Cameroon.
In conclusion, studying languages is one of the most interesting things in the world. The way it has been created and associated with culture and history will never stop to amaze us.