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Difference between Spanish in Spain and in Latin America

Spanish, with its dialects and regional variations, has notable differences between Spain and Latin America. These differences range from pronunciation to lexical level. They are also fundamental to understanding the richness and diversity of the language. For those interested in learning more about these variations, iNMSOL offers a wide range of resources and courses.

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1. Pronounce and intonation

One of the main differences is found in pronunciation. For example, “ceceo” and “seseo” are distinctive occurrences in different regions of Spain, while “seseo” predominates in Latin America. These differences can significantly affect language comprehension and fluency.

2. Vocabulary and regionalisms

Vocabulary changes a lot between Spain and Latin America. Everyday words, food names, and terms related to everyday life can be completely different. Knowing these regionalisms is essential for effective communication and to avoid misunderstandings.

3. Verbal forms

There are differences in the use of certain verb forms, such as voseo in countries like Argentina and Uruguay, compared to tuteo which is predominant in Spain. In addition, the use of the simple and compound past tense is another aspect that can vary from region to region.

4. Idiomatic expressions and idioms

Idioms and idioms are particularly characteristic in each region. These expressions are a reflection of local history and culture, as well as a fascinating aspect of language learning.

5. Cultural influence in language

The influence of indigenous cultures and other languages in Latin America have made Spanish a language with unique characteristics. In Spain, on the other hand, other historical influences have shaped the language differently.


How much do these differences affect students of Spanish as an L2?

The differences may be a challenge initially, but at the same time they provide a rich opportunity to learn the linguistic and cultural variety of Spanish.

Is it necessary to learn both language varieties?

It is not strictly necessary, but knowing both can be helpful, especially for those who travel or work with people from different regions. The iNMSOL courses can help you understand these differences.

Which variety of Spanish is considered ‘standard’?

There is no standard variety of Spanish; each has its own rules and exceptions. The important thing is to be clear and correct in the context of each variety.


Understanding the differences between Spanish in Spain and Spanish in Latin America makes for a richer learning experience and offers a broader perspective with respect to this global language. 

Although the variations may seem complicated at first, with time and practice, students will appreciate and enjoy this linguistic diversity. The secret lies in curiosity and using quality educational recourses, such as those offered by iNMSOL, to explore and appreciate the richness of Spanish in all its forms.


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