I found a recent article stating that the Spanish Language is composed of fewer words than the English Language. This truly surprised me. I’ve always found Spanish so expressive and more ‘creative’ than English. But maybe the expressiveness has to do with phonetics–at least a little bit. Since English is spoken with stressed and unstressed syllables, while every syllable of a word is pronounced in Spanish, Spanish seems to be spoken much faster to the native English speaker.
What else really surprised me (about Spanish possessing fewer words) is the fact that Spanish has about 14 different verb tenses, now that’s a difficult concept for anyone to wrap their head around. Doesn’t that count in number of words? Regardless of the number of words, I find Spanish to be a beautiful language full of so much expression.
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