By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, December 27, 2010

For Practice in Spanish, See Our Sister Blog

Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Miguel de...Image via Wikipedia
That sister blog is "Análisis Bíblico," which obviously means "Biblical Analysis." This blog is in very simple Spanish and comments briefly on the lectionary readings in the Sunday Catholic Mass. Why practice Spanish?

1. Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world, after English and Chinese:

"It is estimated that the combined total number of Spanish speakers is between 470 and 500 million, making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers (after Chinese, and English). Spanish is the second most-widely spoken language in terms of native speakers."
Source link.

2. For those who like Latin and Roman culture, the estimate is that about 75% of Spanish  is descended from the Latin brought to Hispania by Roman conquerors and settlers. Interestingly, the Roman emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Theodosius (who made Catholic Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 A.D. ) were of Spanish origin. In addition, various famous Roman writers and poets were also of Spanish origin, including Seneca, MartialLucan and Quintilian.

3. For those interested in Catholic trends, as of 2007, about one third of  U.S. Catholics were Hispanic. Worldwide, about 50 % of Catholics live in Latin America [which includes the largest Catholic nation in the world  (in terms of numbers of Catholics)--Portuguese-speaking Brazil with a language very closely related to Spanish].

There are many other reasons, some more personal than others. But, if you want practice in reading Spanish, try our sister blog at this link.