Jun 03 2004

The Relationship Between English & Spanish

Published by at 12:00 am under The Spanish Language

The English language is a hybrid of the Germanic and Romance families of languages. English originated as a Germanic language. Other members of the Germanic family include German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Unlike the other languages, of this group, English went through a great transformation in 1066 when the French Normans invaded Great Britain and ruled the land for over 300 years. French did not supplant the Anglo-Saxon language, but rather added to it.

As a result, English and Spanish are directly related. Even though English has its roots firmly in the Germanic language family, it is now considered to be a Latin language. Today, well over 50% of English vocabulary words are of Latin-French origin and the number of new English vocabulary words of Latin origin is growing.

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