Despite its many unique characteristics, the Spanish spoken in Mexico still belongs to the Indo-European language family. More than 60 languages of indigenous peoples and tribal groups are recognized as national languages in Mexico today, and the Mexican government estimates that there are 400 different dialects in the country.
Nevertheless, Spanish remains the official language and native tongue of the majority of the country’s 100 million people.
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Spanglish and Mexicanisms
In recent years, Mexican Spanish has been greatly influenced by the linguistic characteristics of Mexicans who immigrate to the United States and later return to visit their home country. North American English has overlapped with this group’s Spanish to such an extent that another dialect of its own has begun to take form: Spanglish.
Parallel to Spanglish is a dialect made up of “Mexicanisms” that can be derived from indigenous peoples.
A Plethora of Unique Traits
Mexican Spanish differs from the Spanish spoken in Spain in that it has its own colloquialisms and intonation. Two typical features of Mexican Spanish are the frequent use of the diminutive form and the growing use of the word “ahorita,” which stands for “now”, but has the connotation of meaning “immediately” or “in a few hours.”
Although Mexican Spanish contains a distinctly characteristic accent and intonation, the importance of the Spanish vocabulary still remains clear. In general, Mexican Spanish comes across as a more articulate and much calmer variety than Creole Spanish or the Spanish of other Latin American countries.
The importance of native translators
The everyday street language in Mexico varies quite a bit. Every social class and age group in Mexico typically has its own slang. This makes it difficult for foreigners to communicate, even if their Spanish is good.
For this reason, we employ exclusively native-speaking translators who have been raised with the language and are familiar with the cultural aspects and linguistic peculiarities of Mexican Spanish.
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If you need professional document translations into or from Mexican Spanish, please contact us. Select the language combination you need from over 150 language options. We can handle even the most complex texts in all subject areas.
We also regularly provide certified translations of birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other official documents from Mexico into English for the USCIS and other organizations.
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