I've heard that the Spanish spoken in South America is different from that spoken in Spain. And similarly the French spoken in Canada can differ slightly from that in France. Does anyone have experience with this? Are the differences even noticeable or is just superficial things like slang and parlance? How does one decide what "version" of a language to learn?
Differences Within a Language
The Spanish in Spain is very different from South America but they understand one anotheranother. Just here in Spain the languages are very differentdifferent. The area I live in hey drop s and z and d and mix r and l and combine words often I found a nice example onlineonline
To’o U’te’e’ han i’o a E’paña.
Entonce’ tú ya sabe’ que no tenemo’ na’a de hela’o pa’a vosotro’.
Hay gente por to’o lo’ la’o’.
ItsItsit'sItsItsit's very lazy speech difficult to distinguish lots of words.
An s at the end usually helps you know its plural the same as English so it gets confusing
Also they say sentences like qué te falta what are you missing / instead of what would you like so its very different to text booksbook Spanish the rest if Spain say Andalusians eat Spanish ( inferring they use it wrong) My valencians friends hate Andalusian Spanish. In Valencia they spell differently and pronounce differently . Andalusia technically speak Castilian but a version known as ceseo I think.
I believe a lit of it is no different to hearing someone in brixton speak English .
Yes, Even I have seen these differences. In India, most spoken language is Hindi but you can find much differences the way they pronounce a word. In fact, you will find different meaning of same word like bebe in punjabi means Mother but in some parts of India it means sister.
Although there are lots of variations in the Spanish language, "standard" latin American Spanish (Colombian for example) isn't much different from Peninsular Spanish imo. The biggest difference for me is pronunciation of the z. Canadian French and hexagonal French are further apart, imo.