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French vs Spanish

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Countries

Countries
Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guernesey, Guinea, Haiti, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Vanuatu
Andora, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Western Sahara

Total No. Of Countries
32
3
46
1

National Language
France
Spain

Second Language
Africa, Canada
Andora, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands

Speaking Continents
Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Pacific, South America
Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America

Minority Language
Brazil, Cambodia, United States of America, Vietnam
Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, United Kingdom

Regulated By
Académie française (French Academy), Office québécois de la langue française
Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española

Interesting Facts
  • French is the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world.
  • French is the top language in Culinary Scene.
  • One of the world's most phonetic language is Spanish.
  • Up to the 18th century, Spanish was diplomatic language.

Similar To
Italian Language
French Language

Derived From
Latin
Latin

Alphabets

Alphabets in
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Spanish-Alphabets.jpg#200

Alphabets
26
8
27
9
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Phonology

How Many Vowels
6
4
5
3

How Many Consonants
20
10
22
12

Scripts
Latin
Latin

Writing Direction
Left-To-Right, Horizontal
Left-To-Right, Horizontal

Hard to Learn

Language Levels
6
5
6
5
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Time Taken to Learn
24 weeks
6
24 weeks
6
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Greetings

Hello
bonjour
hola

Thank You
Merci
Gracias

How Are You?
Comment allez-vous?
Cómo estás?

Good Night
bonne Nuit
Buenas Noches

Good Evening
bonsoir
Bonne soirée

Good Afternoon
bon Après-Midi
Buenas Tardes

Good Morning
Bonjour
Buenos Días

Please
S'il vous plaît
Por Favor

Sorry
désolé
triste

Bye
au revoir
adiós

I Love You
Je t'aime
Te Quiero

Excuse Me
Excuse Moi
Discúlpeme

Dialects

Dialect 1
Quebec French
Mexican Spanish

Where They Speak
New Brunswick, New England, Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada
Mexico

How Many People Speak
6,200,000.00
15
105,000,000.00
5

Dialect 2
African French
Cuban Spanish

Where They Speak
Africa
Cuba

How Many People Speak
Not Available
11,000,000.00
8

Dialect 3
Swiss French
Puerto Rican Spanish

Where They Speak
Northeast France, Switzerland
Puerto Rico

How Many People Speak
1,800,000.00
16
3,900,000.00
9

Total No. Of Dialects
25
22
21
20
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How Many People Speak

How Many People Speak?
163.00 million
11
489.00 million
3

Speaking Population
1.12 %
17
6.15 %
3
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Native Speakers
76.00 million
13
410.00 million
2
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Second Language Speakers
87.00 million
10
89.50 million
9

Native Name
français
Español

Alternative Names
Français
Castellano, Castilian, Español

French Name
français
espagnol; castillan

German Name
Französisch
Spanisch

Pronunciation
[fʁɑ̃sɛ]
[espaˈɲol], [kasteˈʎano]

Ethnicity
Not Available
Not Available

History

Origin
9th Century
210 BC

Language Family
Indo-European Family
Indo-European Family

Subgroup
Romance
Romance

Branch
Not Available
Not Available

Language Forms

Early Forms
Old French, Middle French and French
Old Spanish and Spanish

Standard Forms
Standard French
Pluricentric Standard Spanish

Language Position
13
12
2
2

Signed Forms
le Français Signé (Signed French, France)
Signed Spanish

Scope
Individual
Individual

Code

ISO 639 1
fr
es

ISO 639 2

ISO 639 2/T
fra
spa

ISO 639 2/B
fre
spa

ISO 639 3
fra
spa

ISO 639 6
fras
Not Available

Glottocode
stan1290
stan1288

Linguasphere
51-AAA-i
51-AAA-b

Types of Language

Language Type
Living
Living

Language Linguistic Typology
Subject-Verb-Object
Subject-Object-Verb

Language Morphological Typology
Fusional, Synthetic
Fusional, Synthetic

French vs Spanish Speaking Countries

There are plenty of languages spoken around the world. Every country has its own official language. Compare French vs Spanish speaking countries, so that you will have total count of countries that speak French or Spanish language.

  • French is spoken as a national language in: France.
  • Spanish is spoken as a national language in: Spain.

You will also get to know the continents where French and Spanish speaking countries lie. Based on the number of people that speak these languages, the position of French language is 13 and position of Spanish language is 2. Find all the information about these languages on French and Spanish.

French vs Spanish Language History

Comparison of French vs Spanish language history gives us differences between origin of French and Spanish language. History of French language states that this language originated in 9th Century whereas history of Spanish language states that this language originated in 210 BC. Family of the language also forms a part of history of that language. More on language families of these languages can be found out on French and Spanish Language History.

French and Spanish Greetings

People around the world use different languages to interact with each other. Even if we cannot communicate fluently in any language, it will always be beneficial to know about some of the common greetings or phrases from that language. This is where French and Spanish greetings helps you to understand basic phrases in French and Spanish language. French word for "Hello" is bonjour or Spanish word for "Thank You" is Gracias. Find more of such common French Greetings and Spanish Greetings. These greetings will help you to be more confident when conversing with natives that speak these languages.

French vs Spanish Difficulty

The French vs Spanish difficulty level basically depends on the number of French Alphabets and Spanish Alphabets. Also the number of vowels and consonants in the language plays an important role in deciding the difficulty level of that language. The important points to be considered when we compare French and Spanish are the origin, speaking countries, language family, different greetings, speaking population of these languages. Want to know in French and Spanish, which language is harder to learn? Time required to learn French is 24 weeks while to learn Spanish time required is 24 weeks.