Learn more about the Spanish Language
The Spanish language is the world’s second most widely spoken language after Chinese Mandarin and followed by English in third place. It has a total of 489 million native speakers all across the world and an additional 75 million people that speak it as a second language.
The language is considered to be in the Romance language family. Spanish, like many other European languages, has its roots in Old Latin. Spanish specifically has thought to have developed from Classical Latin, into Vulgar Latin, before finally forming into Old Spanish through the mixing of Latin that was brought by the Roman Empire and pre-Latin languages such as Basque, Iberian, Celtiberian, and Gallaecean. However, it wasn’t until the Spanish colonial period in history that the language truly spread around the world; most notably to South America.
The modern Spanish we know and love today has undergone some linguistic developments native to the locations on the globe it is now spoken. As of the modern age, Spanish is spoken in 20 different countries including Mexico, the Philippines, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, and many more. It is even spoken by sizeable communities in Japan, Andorra, Australia, and Bulgaria.
This global spread of the language has resulted in the formation of different Spanish dialects and varieties that differ from region to region. There are so many modern varieties and dialects that they have been arranged into the following sets of variants and dialects: New Mexican, Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, Andean-Pacific, Rioplatense, Chilean, Northern Peninsular, Central-Southern Peninsular, Southern Peninsular, and the Canarian variants. Each one of these sets will contain multiple variants. The Mexican variant, for example, contains 10 main dialects alone!
There are also more niche variant sets such as Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Llanito, and Judaeo-Spanish variants.
With so many variants, getting the right Spanish language voice actor for what you need can seem like a daunting task. In many ways, it can be.
However, Voquent’s powerful search function can help you narrow down the exact variant that you need for your project.
The value we add is having tens of thousands of voices, each with its own unique flare, available for you to pick from.
Every Spanish language voice actor that we work with has been vetted and approved for professional work. The project manager we assign to your project will oversee this procedure to make sure the actor’s home set up can record the standard of quality we require for audio files. This project manager can also help you select a voice actor and recommend voice talent they think would suit your project needs.
Voquent are all about sourcing native voices! Reach out to us now and let’s chat about your options.