What connects a pop star from Colombia with a street artist from Madrid? What does a YouTuber in Buenos Aires share with a movie director from Chile? Very simply: a common tongue. Spoken by over 500 million native speakers across 21 different countries, the Spanish language is nothing if not global.
As it connects communities and cultures across the world, the Spanish language continues to evolve. Whether it’s through hotly-debated podcasts or cutting-edge AI, incisive contemporary art or chart-topping pop songs, the Spanish language remains a dynamic tool of expression.
In Spanish: Beyond the Words, Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with the Nebrija Foundation and 9 more partners to tell the story of the Spanish language in all of its fascinating diversity and creativity. Marking Spain’s presidency of the EU Council, this project is a celebration of the connections between Spanish speakers far beyond the Iberian Peninsula. With over 65 detailed stories, samples from Latin music, cultural quizzes and 900+ images, Spanish: Beyond the Words takes a wide-ranging look at one of the most commonly-spoken languages in the world.
Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken native language in the world, with more than 496 million speakers? And here’s what you can explore in Google Arts & Culture’s newest collection:
1. How does Spanish sound?
Listen to distinctive accents from all across the Spanish-speaking world. Hear voices from places as far apart as Madrid and San José as they read a poem by Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi.
2. Spanish in pop culture
Spanish pop culture is thriving, offering something for everyone. Streaming services are heavily investing in Spanish-language series, recognizing their global appeal and the talent of Spanish and Latin American creators. The production of critically acclaimed films and an energetic video games industry further demonstrate the vibrant and dynamic nature of Spanish-speaking pop culture. So, get ready to immerse yourself in its captivating world!
3. Women in Latin music
From Selena to Shakira, meet eight of the most important women in the history of Latin music. Whether it’s traditional Mexican rancheras or chart-topping pop songs, these inspiring women have had an influence on culture far beyond the Spanish-speaking world.
4. The future of Spanish
Through a series of 10 video interviews with field experts you’ll hear in-depth reflections on the future of the Spanish language. These conversations explore the impact of technology, education, business, culture, and globalization on the evolution of the Spanish language. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Spanish as it continues to shape the lives of millions around the world.