How do Spanish accents vary throughout the Spanish-speaking world?

Travelling around the world is one of the most common reasons for learning a foreign language, and today we will take a look at a few different Spanish accents from different countries.

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with about 400 million native speakers according to Wikipedia (See details here).

Although the Spanish language originally came from Spain, over the course of time several variations have developed around the world.

It is important to keep in mind that different variations of Spanish share similar grammar structures. The main differences can be found in pronunciation and regional words.
So, if you learn Spanish from Spain or Spanish from Mexico you will be able to communicate with people from Colombia without a problem. It is similar to what happens between people from the United States and Australia. They have different accents and local words but they communicate with each other.

In the following interesting YouTube video we can listen to Spanish accents from eight different countries.

If you want to listen to one accent in particular you can fast-forward using the following list:

0:10 Spain
1:40 Cuba
2:45 Argentina
4:10 Uruguay
5:25 Colombia
6:35 Chile
7:43 Mexico
8:45 Venezuela

Now let’s take a look at the video:



Now let’s take a moment to look at a few casual regional variations of the word “friend” in Spanish (it is always good to know, just in case):

Spain: Amigo / Chaval
Cuba: Aceres
Argentina: Amigo
Uruguay: Amigo
Colombia: Pana
Chile: Webon
Mexico: Cuate
Venezuela: Chamo

Now let’s look at the different words for “reading glasses”:

Spain: Gafas
Cuba: Espejuelos
Argentina: Anteojos
Uruguay: Lentes
Colombia: Gafas
Chile: Lentes
Mexico: Lentes
Venezuela: Anteojos

As you may have noticed from these two lists, objects tend to have similar names and casual words to refer to people and tend to be different.

This is a very interesting topic and we could go on forever but I don’t want to make this post too long. So I will say goodbye for now. If you want to practice your Spanish with song lyrics from differing countries feel free to visit this page: Songs in Spanish with Lyrics.

See you soon!

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