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Learning about Spain: Facts, culture and language

Spain or España is considered la madre patria for many Spanish speakers. Some foreign exchange students, serious about learning Spanish, transfer to Spain as part of their learning process. To be completely immersed in the language is sometimes one of the best ways to learn about the language. Spain has become the most prevalent destination to learn Spanish, completely and fully. Could it be because Spain is the origin of Spanish or Castellaño? Could it be because Spain with all its culture and magnificent sites is a place to absorb the beauty of learning Spanish?

Or could it be because Spain is the origin of the language that many of us love to speak. The way many words sound so beautiful like llave, niño, ferrocarril, pingüino. Regardless of the reasons why we learn Spanish, Spain has become and always will be the prime destination to learn Spanish. But before foreign exchange students grab their passports to be transported to a completely different culture, there are a few facts every student should know.

  • Spain is a monarchy country
  • Capital: Madrid
  • It is ruled by a king and a prime minister: Juan Carlos I and Mariano Rajoy
  • Principal language: Spanish
  • Other languages: Catalán/Valencian, Galacian, Basque, Occitan
  • Population: over 46,000,000
  • Surface area: more than 504,000 square km
  • 1492: Christopher Columbus discovers the New World, the Americas
  • Prominent New Monarchs of 15th century: Royal Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon proclaims España as the official name as the two kingdoms emerge
  • Reconquista: the Spanish expansion and colonization during the 15th – 16th century

The culture of Spain is full of beautiful cathedrals, theaters and museums that represent the rich legacy left behind. Some great places to visit in Spain are:

  • Museums of the Royal Monastery of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
  • San Millán de la Cogolla – origin of the Spanish language
  • Parish Museum of Covarrubias
  • Museum of Human Evolution – Burgos
  • Artium Museum – Vitoria
  • Museum of the People of Asturia – Gijón
  • MUJA – Colunga
  • Valencia Institute of Modern Art
  • Cathedral Museum – Burgos
  • Sorolla Museum – Madrid
  • Gardens at Viana Palace – Córdoba
  • El Real Gardens – Valencia
  • Gardens at the Royal Palace of El Pardo – Madrid
  • Monasterio de Piedra gardens – Nuévalos

These are just a few of the amazing sites that foreign students may encounter while visiting Spain. But it all starts with the desire to learn more about the language. Spain can be a remarkable place to visit, learn the language, and be completely immersed about learning the culture.

Spain is full of wonderful and exciting places to visit. And each location is filled with rich culture and traditional cuisine. What is not to like about visiting Spain to be completely immersed in the language?

Would you like to visit Spain? What places would you visit first? Have you already visited Spain?

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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