About the languages

At this point I would like to provide the interested reader of this web site with the most basic data about my working languages.

 

Spanish
  • Own designation español or castellano (es)
  • Western Romance language (Iberia)
  • Altogether ca. 350 million native speakers
  • Official in 22 states, also spoken in the USA (> 20 million native speakers), Marroco, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Philippines
 Catalan
  • Own designation català (in the Region of Valencia also valencià) (ca)
  • So called link language between Ibero and Gallo-Roman
  • Altogether ca. 11 million native speakers
  • Official in Andorra, co-official in Spain, France, and Italy
 Italian
  • Own designation italiano (it)
  • Eastern Romance language
  • Altogether ca. 70 million native speakers
  • Official in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City State; spoken also in Somalia, Slovenia, Croatia, USA, Argentina
 German
  • Own designation deutsch (de)
  • Western Germanic language
  • Altogether ca. 95 million native speakers
  • Official in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg; also spoken in Italy, France, Denmark, Namibia, etc.
 English
  • inglés (es), anglès (ca), inglese (it), englisch (de); ISO code 639-1: en
  • Western Germanic language
  • Altogether ca. 340 million native speakers
  • Official in about 60 countries; besides, it is international lingua franca and first foreign language for about one billion people worldwide
 

Sources: Metzler Lexikon Sprache (2005), Wikipedia (2011)