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While investigating facts about Spanish Speaking Countries, I found out little known, but curios details like:

Paraguay is the only country in the Americas where more people speak a native language than a colonial one (90% Guarani vs 87% Spanish)

The corrupt, Spanish-speaking fictional country of Val Verde which has been featured in a number of films including Commando, the Die Hard series and Predator - indicating that they all take place in the same universe.

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  1. Spanish is the official language. Some residents of Ecuador also speak Quechua and other Amerindian native languages.

  2. Within the next fifty years it is believed that half of all Americans will be able to speak Spanish.

  3. Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

  4. The official language in Honduras is Spanish, with many speaking English especially in business. There are also a variety of native dialects spoken in Honduras.

  5. Peru's official language is Spanish but many Peruvians also speak Quechua (Inca language) and Aymara. It is also believed that Natives east of the Andes Mountains speak up to an additional 13 languages.

  6. More people are native Spanish speaking than native English speaking.

  7. The Mistsubishi Pajero was renamed in most of the Americas and spanish speaking countries because pajero is a spanish slang for wanker.

  8. In Spanish speaking countries, Dora the Explorer teaches children phrases in English

  9. Despite the oft published story of how the Chevy Nova sold poorly in Spanish-speaking countries due to its name (nova meaning "doesn't go" in Spanish), the story is false and sales of the car actually exceeded GM's projections.

  10. Elevense are a real thing in the UK and are usually tea and biscuits. It's called konkelstik in the Netherlands, la once in Spanish speaking countries, and dekatiano in Greece. And in the US in the 19th century, elevenses consisted of drinking whiskey.

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In Spanish speaking South America countries, Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales is called Rico McPato and his nephews Hugo, Paco, and Luis.

In border of between Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries Portuñol(Portunhol) a mixture of portuguese and spanish, that allows speakers of either language who are not proficient in the other language to communicate with one another is normally used. - source

The Mitsubishi Pajero had to be renamed to Montero in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, since pajero is a Spanish slang term for one who masturbates.Mitsubishi originally got the name Pajero from the pampas cat - source

Although the name once-popular "Adolf" (~2% of German babies born before 1880 were named this) is all but out of use now - along with the French Adolphe and Italian Adolfo - the Spanish and Portuguese version, Adolfo is still common in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries

Tuesday the 13th (instead of Friday the 13th) in Spanish-speaking countries is considered a day of bad luck. - source

Whenever twisted sister gives a concert in Spain or other Spanish speaking countries they change they're iconic "we're not gonna take it" to "huevos con aceite" (eggs with oil).

The tooth fairy is a mouse in Spanish speaking countries

They have different names for guitar chords in Latin America/ spanish speaking countries

The theme song for Digimon in Spanish-speaking countries is so much better than the English theme song.

Equatorial Guinea. The only Spanish speaking country in Africa!

When it was released in Spanish speaking countries, the 2009 animated film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" had its title changed to "Hamburger Rain", replacing the meatballs with hamburgers on the poster

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Greeks consider Tuesday the 13th unlucky (like today) instead of Friday the 13th... it's also unlucky in Spanish-speaking countries, BTW

In Spanish-speaking countries, 'Chewbacca' is known as 'Mascatabaco' which translates to 'to chew tobacco'

Colgate had trouble marketing in Spanish speaking countries because "colgate" means hang yourself in Spanish.

Deadpool is known as Masacre in Spanish speaking countries; he was formerly a priest until he met Deadpool and is assisted by Inspector Jaime Gordon.

Whac-a-Mole's trademark name in Spanish-speaking countries is "Guaca-mole"

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