SpanishDid you know that the city California was named after a mythical island from the 1510 Spanish novel, Las sergas de Esplandián?

As a part of the American history, Spanish language has influenced English language in many ways. However, this influence isn’t just limited to the West. Spanish is second on the list of most spoken languages in the world, and is known by roughly 517 million people, worldwide. So obviously, it was inevitable that the third most spoken language, English, would be influenced by Spanish.

However, before we delve into the use of Spanish in the English language, here at Language4Students, we’ll tell you a bit about how Spanish influenced English in American history.

Short History of Spanish Language in America

The Spanish language rose to power during the sixteenth century when Spain became a global military, and political power. As Spanish speakers migrated toward the west due to the growth of cattle trade in the US in the 1870s, many settlers began borrowing phrases from Mexican Spanish. Along with that, after the Spanish-American war, Spanish words began being used in English, soon evolving into permanent features in the everyday American English. As such, since there were large numbers of Spanish speakers living in the United States at the time, this added to the use of the language with English as well.

Use of Spanish in the English Language

The reason why it’s so easy for English speakers to speak in Spanish as well is because of the pronunciation and grammar.  When using Spanish words in English, consonants are pronounced in the same way as they would in English, with a few exceptional cases.

Take the example of ‘-aroo’ in a word. Even the word ‘buckaroo’ came from the Spanish word for cowboy, ‘vaquero’. Another addition is the use of the suffix ‘ista’ which is a Spanish suffix, so basically when you say ‘fashionista’; you’re using the Spanish suffix. Other Spanish words which are used in the English Language are:

  1. Nevada – Snowy
  2. Florida – Flowery
  3. Fresno – Ash tree
  4. Rodeo – To go around
  5. Breeze – From Brisa which means cold northeast wind
  6. Tornado – To turn, thunderstorm
  7. Bronco – Rough
  8. Aficionado – from Aficionar which means to inspire affection
  9. Vigilante – watchman
  10. Embargo – to seize

Although these are just ten, there are countless number of Spanish words that are used. With time, people have come on to discover how the influence of Spanish has not only made the English language more vibrant, but has also combined two classic languages into one. Want to know more about learning Spanish? Then contact us at Language4Students to know more.