Are you studying Spanish? Would you like to be able to speak in this language? In this post, I’ll tell you seven reasons to learn Spanish, based on the data collected in the yearbook -Spanish in the world 2019 – published by the Instituto Cervantes.
“In today’s world there are about 7,000 languages, spoken by its 7,700 million inhabitants. In that tidal wave, the Spanish language is the fourth most powerful, with English in first position, and "slightly behind French and Chinese".
1. Wonderful people
Spanish is the second mother tongue in the world by the number of speakers, only after Mandarin Chinese. In 2018, almost 480 million people were native Spanish speakers. Which, in addition to second-language speakers, Spanish is in total spoken by 580 million people and that now accounts for 7.6% of the world's population.
With so many people speaking Spanish, you will definitely meet someone with whom to practice it. Better yet, you could meet a friend for life or even your future partner.
2. Highly studied
The article emphasizes that the interest in learning this language "is especially intense in the US with 8 million". In addition to that, the British people perceive “Spanish as the most important language for the future". The publication also adds: Another attractive pole for Spanish is located in Brazil, where there are 6.1 million who study it, and France (2.7 million).
More than 21 million people are studying Spanish as a foreign language in all continents. So many people cannot be wrong!
3. Anticipate the future.
For demographic reasons, the percentage of the world's population that speaks Spanish as a native language continues to increase, while the proportion of Chinese and English speakers decreases. Forecasts estimate that in 2030 the Spanish speakers will be 10 % of the world population. In addition, the US Census Bureau estimates that in 2050 the United States will be the first Spanish-speaking country in the world with 132.8 million people, that is, 30% of its population.
This is the right time to start learning Spanish.
4. Travel the world
Spanish is the official or co-official language in 21 countries: it is spoken in Spain, in 19 countries of America and in Equatorial Guinea (former Spanish colony in Africa) -more than 20 countries to visit.
All of them with a rich history and culture, and don’t forget about the beaches, food, and music.
5. Be international
Spanish is one of the official languages of international organizations as important as the UN (United Nations) and the EU (European Union). In addition, many well-known companies are in need of bilingual employees for the Spanish-speaking share of their market.
Knowing Spanish will open the doors to many job opportunities.
6. Browse the web
Spanish is the third most used language on the internet, only behind English and Chinese. 8.1% of the nearly 3,855 million users who have internet access communicate in this language. Spanish is the second most used language in the two main social networks, Facebook and Twitter, both with enormous potential for growth in use in this language.
Access new multimedia content through the internet.
7. Learn with no haste!
Spanish is quite easy to pronounce because it is a phonetic language, that is to say, it’s pronounced the same way it’s written. In addition, it only has 24 sounds (five vowels and 19 consonants). Although it is one of the most spoken languages in the world, the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary of Spanish are quite homogeneous, and there are no major problems of understanding among speakers of different countries.
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There you have it, friends. Although there are 7 in this post, the truth is that there are many more reasons to learn this wonderful language.