Difference between Spanish spoken in Mexico and Spain
Learning Spanish is very rewarding process and offers its students the ability to communicate with millions of people around the world. However, anyone wanting to learn Spanish will eventually come to realize that there are differences in how Spanish is spoken from country to country, like the Spanish slang and grammar.
Spain and Mexico are two great examples to demonstrate this. Spain is the country that gave Mexico its Spanish language. Before the Spanish arrived, the people there were not speaking Spanish. They would learn Spanish as a second language. When the Spaniards left, the Mexicans kept speaking Spanish but developed it a little differently over time. Today, many Indigenous groups in Mexico still learn Spanish as a second language.
Now, the two countries even have different names for the language. The Spaniards do not actually call it Spanish, officially. It is called Castellano, which is the first name of the language which came form the Castilla y Leon region of Spain.
The Mexicans simply call their language Spanish.
Grammatical Differences While Speaking Spanish
1. 2nd Person Plural Conjugation
This is one of the main grammatical differences between the two countries. When you learn Spanish in Mexico, you learn to use Ustedes when speaking Spanish to more than one person. In Spain, Ustedes is not used. Instead, they use Vosotros. Each form has its own special conjugation of verbs.
2. Past Preterit
This is the simple past tense. In English, it would be I went or I ate. Mexicans use this a lot but the Spanish mainly use it for written texts. They use a compound past, which in English would be I have gone or I have eaten.
There are probably too many differences in Spanish slang between the two countries to count. However, there are some popular and interesting examples you will run into when speaking Spanish.
1. The Use of Tio and Tia
In Mexico, this only means uncle or aunt. However, the Spanish love to use it to refer to anybody they may be talking to or about. You will probably not be taught this Spanish slang learn this if you learn Spanish in Mexico.
2. Chido Versus Guay
The Mexicans say chido when something is cool. The Spaniards use guay. This is mirrored in the US use of cool and the British use of wicked.
It must be noted that these differences are not enough to prevent Mexicans and Spaniards from understanding each other; even the Spanish slang. The whole thing is very similar, if not exactly like English speakers from the United States and English speakers from Great Britain. In general, there is not too much difficulty for the two to understand each other.