Spanish is actually the “daughter” of anotherlanguage. Her “mother” language is Latin. Spanish iscalled a “romance language”, because it comes fromLatin and Latin was spoken in Rome. The otherWestern romance languages are Italian, Portuguese,French and Catalan (spoken in a region of Spain.)What is a major element that all nouns have in theseromance languages that they do not have in English?
Every noun in Spanish has gender.Every noun is either “masculine” or“feminine”...even inanimate objects.Is a house more feminine than a road ?No, the object is not, but the word is.the house = la casathe road = el camino
Which definite article do you use?• el is used before masculine singular nouns.• los is used before masculine plural nouns.• la is used before feminine singular nouns.• las is used before feminine plural nouns.