The facts about learning Spanish

How many people speak Spanish?

According to the Cervantes Institute, 470 million speak Spanish as a first language, while another 80 million speak it as a second language.

Nearly a quarter of all Spanish native speakers are in Mexico.

There are 38 million native Spanish speakers in the United States - only a few hundred thousand fewer than there are native Spanish speakers in Spain!

Is Spanish hard to learn?

Spanish is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn (according to FSI ratings), needing around 24 weeks of study to reach ‘general proficiency’.

Thousands of ‘cognates’ - words that essentially sound the same as in English, help new learners to make rapid progress.

Spanish spelling is also totally consistent and logical - unlike English spelling!

So no, Spanish is not hard to learn!

Tell me something funny about Spanish

“Cómo” means “how”. “Como” (without the accent on the ‘o') means “I eat”.

So if someone asked you,

"¿Cómo comes?" (How do you eat?)

You could answer them,

"¿Cómo como? ¿Cómo cómo como? ¡Como como como!” (How do I eat? How do you mean, ‘how do I eat’? I eat how I eat!).

How can Memrise help you learn Spanish?

Beginner's Spanish

Memrise is the perfect way to start learning a new language.

‘Mems’ - visual memory aides help your brain to process the unfamiliar sounds of the new language. This means that you make rapid progress from day 1. You’ll be amazed at how fast you amass Spanish words and phrases.

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Intermediate Spanish

Expand your vocabulary. Once you reach an intermediate level of Spanish the fastest way to progress to advanced level is through rapidly expanding your vocabulary.

Why not try one of our intermediate frequency list vocabulary courses? These courses list words by the frequency with which they are used in spoken Spain and throughout Latin America. That means that you you are always learning words that you are the most likely to hear being used.


Intermediate Spanish

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Advanced Spanish

Expand your vocabulary. There are many advanced Spanish learners on Memrise, from professional translators to aspiring polyglots to students studying abroad in Spain and Latin America. They use Memrise to help them learn the advanced and technical vocabulary that they need in their studies and their work.

Search through the advanced Spanish courses on Memrise, and you'll find a diverse range of material and a thriving community to help you learn. The course forums are a great place to start discussion with other advanced learners, to share tips and make friends.

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Spanish Exam Revision

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