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Should I study Spanish (Latin America) or Spanish (Spain)?

We offer two versions of Rosetta Stone Spanish: one that teaches the dialect common to Latin America and one that teaches the dialect common to Spain.

Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America)
This is the dialect that is used by people in Central and South America as well as in Mexico.  This is the most useful form of Spanish for people who live in the United States to learn, because this is the dialect of most Spanish-speakers in America.  Countries that use the Latin American dialect of Spanish include Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain)
This is the dialect, called Castilian (castellano), that most Spanish-speakers in Europe use.  Many linguists consider Castilian to be the purest form of Spanish.

The differences between the two dialects occur in spelling, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.  Further differences occur between the accents of speakers within the various areas of the two regions (Spain and Latin America).

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