American Spanish is the various forms of the Spanish language spoken in the Americas, as opposed to Castilian Spanish. Linguistically, this grouping is somewhat arbitrary, akin to having a term for "overseas English" encompassing variants spoken in the United States, Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand and Ireland, but not England. There is great diversity among the various American dialects, and it would be hard to point to one trait shared by all of them which is not also in existence in one or more of the variants of Spanish used in Spain. Spanish is the most widely-spoken language of the Americas, of the more than 469 million people who speak Spanish as their mother tongue, more than 418 million are in Hispanic America and the United States.

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