What a Good Language is Mine!

Language Day in tribute to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Language Day in tribute to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Photo: Radio Santa Cruz

The Language Day and International Book Day are commemorated this April 23, in homage to the memory of one of the most eminent writers, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and to the great legacy that the Spanish language leaves to history and future generations.

In the midst of the devastating pandemic that caused the greatest global crisis in modern times, Spanish speakers in the world stop to pay tribute to a language spoken by around 489 million people globally, being the most used after Chinese Mandarin.

A living, growing language, the second to be used in social networks and scientific literature and also the second language in which more texts are written, the fastest to speak and the official one in countries on five continents.

It is a language with all the capacity to represent the greatness of the human race, carrying the message of encouragement, peace and health to many beings in the world.

She is one of the few gifts left by the irruption of Christopher Columbus in America usurping our freedom and our natural wealth.

This is how it would be expressed by a great artist who has transcended his time and the geographical limits of his native Chile, Pablo Neruda, who in his book I confess that I have lived wrote: “What a good language is mine, what a good language we inherited from the grim conquerors! … They were striding through the tremendous mountain ranges, through the curled Americas, … where they passed the land was devastated … But the barbarians fell from the land of their beards, their horseshoes, like pebbles, the luminous words that were they remained here resplendent … the language.

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Olga Lidia Gómez Ramos

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