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date: 18 November 2019

Spanish. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

A Romance language of Western Europe, spoken by c.470m (2016) people worldwide and listed second in the world in terms of number of native speakers (Mandarin Chinese is listed first). Spanish is the official language of Spain (including the Balearic and Canary Islands), and most of the nations of Central and South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, ... ...

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