Spain (Madrid) Female
Aged 35 | Born 1980
About the Speaker
"I was born in Madrid in 1980, and I grew up in Madrid, and also in a small village close to Madrid where my parents and my brothers and sisters moved when I was a kid. I had two lives, urban and rural. I have one brother and two sisters. My parents are middle class. My education was in a catholic school, but just because it was close to home, not because of religious beliefs."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
About Madrid, Spain
Spain is mostly located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. The mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Spain is the only European country to have a border with an African country, Morocco. Spanish territory includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands off the African Atlantic coast.
Spanish is a part of the Ibero-Romance group of languages, which evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in Iberia after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century. It is classified by its rhythm as a syllable-timed language: each syllable has approximately the same duration regardless of stress. Today it has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world’s second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.
The climate of Spain, its geographic location, popular coastlines, diverse landscapes, historical legacy, vibrant culture and excellent infrastructure, has made Spain’s international tourist industry among the largest in the world.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. It combines modern infrastructure with the historic look and feel of many of its neighbourhoods and streets. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
Madrid is home to two world-famous football clubs, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe. The city has attracted many immigrants from around the world: in 2015, about 89.8% of the inhabitants were Spanish, while people of other origins, including immigrants from Latin America, Europe, Asia, North Africa and West Africa, represented 10.2% of the population.