|Major language(s)||Spanish, indigenous languages|
|Spanish speakers||21.48 million||4th out of 16|
|Spanish speakers per 1000||972.29||2nd out of 16|
|Spanish status||National language. Bible 1553-1979.|
When did Venezuela start speaking Spanish?
Originally inhabited by Carib and Arawak Indians, Venezuela was claimed as a Spanish territory by Christopher Columbus in 1498. Spanish rule was administered from a distance, leaving the various regions to develop separately from the capital, Caracas.
How many native Spanish speakers are in Venezuela?
Some of the other notable countries with Spanish as their primary or national language include Argentina, which has a Spanish-speaking population of around 40 million, and Venezuela, where almost 30 million people speak Spanish as their mother tongue.
How do you say hello in Venezuela?
- The polite and traditional verbal greetings are ‘Buenos Días’ (Good Morning), ‘Buenas Tardes’ (Good Afternoon) and ‘Buenas Noches’ (Good Evening).
- When greeting someone for the first time, it is expected that you will shake hands and maintain eye contact.
What is considered rude in Venezuela?
The North American “O.K.” sign is extremely rude. Pointing with your index finger can be considered rude. Motioning with your entire hand is more polite. Always maintain eye contact when talking.
Why do Venezuelans talk so fast?
It’s customary for many words to be phonetically truncated, or words that become verbally shortened. Once Venezuelans become enthused on a particular topic then their speech can gain momentum rapidly, with the words once again becoming compressed to allow for a melodic tone.
How do you say thank you in Venezuela?
Gracias– Thank you. ¿ Cuánto cuesta? -How much is it? Hola -Hi. Chao- Bye.