Spanish (i/ˈspænɪʃ/, español), also called Castilian (i/kæsˈtɪliən/, castellano (help·info)), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain. More than 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide. There are an estimated 470 million Spanish speakers with native competence and 560 million Spanish speakers as a first or second language, including speakers with limited competence and 20 million students of Spanish as a foreign language. It is the third language by total speakers behind Mandarin and English. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and it is used as an official language by the European Union, the Organization of American States, and the Union of South American Nations, among many other international organizations.
The Spanish Royal Academy, on the other hand, currently uses the term español in its publications but from 1713 to 1923 called the language castellano.
In Europe, Spanish is an official language of Spain, the country after which it is named and from which it originated. It is widely spoken in Gibraltar, although English is the official, international language. It is also commonly spoken in Andorra, although Catalan is the official language.
Spanish is sole official language at the national level Spanish ( i /ˈspænɪʃ/ , español ), also called Castilian  ( i /kæsˈtɪliən/ , castellano ( help · info )), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain . More than 400 million people speak […]