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Is Spanish Faster than English?

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

In an academic study published in 2019 by Science Advances, in which, 17 eurasian languages were compared. It was found that some languages are spoken faster than others and that some others are more efficient in communicating information. The study was conducted by measuring the speed that native speakers spoke in syllables per second. The table below shows the results of the speed analysis.

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Per the results, Japanese is the fastest spoken language from the 17 languages that they studied. Spanish is in second place with around 8-9 syllables spoken per second, whereas, English is in eight place with around 6-7 syllables spoken per second. In other words, Spanish native speakers speak 25% more quickly than English native speakers. And that makes a significant difference when listening to a native speak Spanish.

Now that you have this information, you can use it to understand both languages and know that there is in fact a difference in the speed on which they are spoken. I hope that you have found some validation with this data and that it encourages you to continue to practice your Spanish listening skills.

Practice, practice, practice and more practice is what it will make things easier over time. And, eventually you will slowly become very familiar with Spanish sounds, syllables, words, sentences and expressions.

There are many ways to practice your Spanish listening skills. You can listen to music and podcasts, watch tv commercials or movies and also watch short videos to help you practice. One of the resources I use during my Spanish classes is a program called Yabla Spanish Immersion. It offers a variety of short videos from native Spanish speakers from Latin America, Mexico and Spain. So Spanish learners are exposed to the different accents from all the 20 countries that speak the language.

I hope you have found this blog post helpful and hope to meet you somewhere along your Spanish journey. Enjoy the ride!

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