Often when we ask our clients what type of Spanish they need for a translation project, they simply say "Just give me the best Spanish." Once we explain that there is no "best," they move on to request a "universal Spanish," which is also an impossible task.
Spanish is the most widely spoken romance language and has the second most native speakers in the world. Most Spanish speakers live in Central and South America, and 21 countries list it as their national language. Spain has a population of 39 million, and Mexico has 100 million. Argentina has 36 million people and Chile 15 million.
With all the different Spanish speakers in the world, there is no one "best" type of Spanish. Spanish speakers from disparate areas recognize differences in a variety of ways. It is important to know the different types of Spanish and the best one suited to your target audience so that your project can be translated and localized accordingly.
Keep reading for an exploration of the differences between Spanish spoken by people around the world and how they impact your translation, localization or interpreting project....