Today I would like to talk to you about the use of capital letters in Spanish.
Some time ago, I sent a document to a client and was told that I was not using the “capitals” in the same way as in English.
I tried to explain to the client that Spanish does not follow the same rules as English. Spanish punctuation, grammar and styles are different…but anyway, the client said, “it looked better” because it looked closer to the English manual.
I had to change everything…!
In the Spanish blog I copied an excerpt from La Real Academia de la Lengua Española, the “Academy” that rules what is right or wrong in the Spanish language.
Next time a client wants us to follow the English rules, I will show him the documents from the Academy.
I was always told that the client is always right …except when he/she is wrong!
Spanish does not need to look like English by copying or borrowing words and rules. It is a language that can stand by itself and it is up to the ones who use it to speak or write it properly.
To end, I would like to appeal to those who write in Spanish, and in any language for what matter, to strive to follow the rules of the language.
It is up to us to make a rich language, richer and to educate those who have not had the privilege to learn what we know.
Cheers and happy weekend,