Reasons to study Spanish

“More and more companies value their employees to have knowledge of Spanish, a language that is increasingly being used more in the world of commerce and business”

If you speak Spanish you can reach almost 500 million people worldwide. Think how many more chances to work you’ll be offered. Also, if you want to make a trip to Latin America, a basic knowledge of Spanish will be helpful.
Statistics
• Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and contains the second in terms of number of native speakers.
• In the late nineteenth century, 60 million people spoke Spanish. Today nearly 500 million do around the world.
• Spanish is the mother tongue of about 388 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 102 million U.S.: 45 million, Spain: 44 million, Colombia: 44 million, Argentina: 39 million, Venezuela: 28 million, Peru: 28 million …) It is also spoken in many more countries where it is not an official language.
• Latino consumers represent the largest market segment growth in North America. Its population in USA has grown by 60% in just one decade and their purchasing power expected to exceed $ 926 million in 2007.
• Spanish is the second most used language in international communication in the world and is also one of the official languages of the United Nations and their organizations.
Economic indicators
• 29 million U.S. residents over the age of 5 speak Spanish at home. This equates to one in every 10 U.S. residents, a large market business to business and consumerism. “The world is rapidly becoming multilingual and Arabic and Spanish are key to the future,” says researcher David Graddol languages, about a recent report to the British Council.
• No one aware of the wave of change in business can help noticing that increasingly involved in global markets.
• Knowing foreign languages is a great advantage for job seekers, since many companies do international business.
• The nation’s Hispanic population will reach 49.3 million people in 2015 according to the Census Bureau of the U.S. Hispanic population. The 39 million Hispanics currently living in the country constitute 12.5% of the total population, thus increasing the demand for Spanish-language media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines.
• Latin American countries are experiencing strong economic growth and becoming important global commercial partners. It is hoped that the recent MERCOSUR free trade agreements between Hispanic countries and North America (ALADI, the Andean Community, CACM, NAFTA, etc.). Provide further growth to Latin American economies.

Cultural Indicators

• Latin American culture still influences the world in architecture, art and literature. Who is not familiar with Don Quixote of Cervantes, the second most translated book in the world after the Bible, which celebrated its fourth anniversary in 2005 around the world?
• Uruguayan architecture is famous throughout the world. To give just one example, Carlos Ott (Montevideo, October 16, 1946) is a world renowned Uruguayan architect. He became famous for winning among more than seven projects, the international competition to build the building of the Opera Bastille in Paris.
• Painting and Latin American music resonates throughout the world.
• Spanish-speaking writers such as Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende continue to occupy the global best seller lists and gaining international acclaim.

Not only is it important to learn Spanish for work and economic, but also can be instrumental in your personal development. Try it!

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