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  1. Yes it does. Any time like peoples are separated by time or space, their languages evolved differently. If you have studied Mexican spanish for example, and went to Spain, you would be able to basically understand what people were talking about, but may not be able to contribute to the conversation.

    Another example would be English in America (for the "time" aspect). If it were possible to communicate with an American from 200 years ago, the same thing would occur. There would be a basic understanding, but communication would be slow and difficult.

    Derail
  2. I first visited Mexico in 1970 and my Spanish Spanish was immediately recognised and deplored, and myself taken to task. Did I not know how many more Latin Americans there were in the world than Spaniards? Why would I as a foreigner choose to side with a small, arrogant, fascist, minority?
    There are indeed differences, of pronunciation, vocabulary, and even, to a small extent, grammar between European and American Spanish, although perhaps less than those between the Portuguese of Brazil and that of Portugal, or between the English of the Mid-West and that of S.E. England. Some of these differences Mexico has in common with all Spanish-speaking America, some are peculiar to Mexico. My own shibboleth is the word for a public motor omnibus: camión in Mexico, autobus in Spain, busito in Honduras, guagua in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican, góndola in parts of Colombia, colectivo in Argentina, micro in Chile (and ònibus in Brazilian Portuguese). The most distinctive thing about Mexican pronunciation is the weakening of J into H (marihuana for marijuana). Another peculiarity is that while "coger" is acceptable in Mexico in its original (European) sense, it is a complete NO NO in polite language south of about Bolivia..Incidentally, where local Spanish differs most from the European norm is on the islands of the Caribbean and the adjacent shores of "Tierra Firma" (including some parts of eastern Mexico)..

    Laurence

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