Jose de la Vina, Marketing Coordinator, Click Sevilla
9 things you should know about Spanish
There is a trend these days about people learning a second and in some cases a third language. What statistic shows is that the second language learned by the vast majority is Spanish. Here are some facts to explain why Spanish has increase its demand in the previous years and will continue with this tendency in the following:
- Spanish ranks number 2 in terms of native speakers with 420 million people that speaks it as their first language, slightly over English 375 million but clearly way behind Chinese with 1.2 billion.
- Spanish is the official language in 21 countries. The highest ones in terms of population are: Mexico (120 million), Spain (49 million), Colombia (47 million), Argentina (41 million), Peru (3o million), Venezuela (29 million) and so on. Spanish is also spoken in other countries as a native language such as: United States (37 million and expected to be by 2050 the country with the highest population of Spanish speakers in the world), Canada (910,000), Brazil (460,000 and expected to jump to 30 million of Spanish speakers in only a decade).
- The Spanish population in the United States was confined next to the Mexican border, Florida and New York City, but not anymore. It is expected that by 2024 Hispanics will be majority in the United States because of two facts: incoming of 650.000 Hispanics annually into the U.S and the lower birth rate of black and white race.
- South American countries have been experiencing a strong and stabilized economic growth for more than a decade with a GDP of 5, 22 in 2012. We would have to blame all the agreements to explain this growth for example: NAFTA (United States, Canada and Mexico), MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela), etc. Due to all the agreements that already exists, learning Spanish will be a must when it comes to more job opportunities because of international trades.
- It is part of the Indo-European family which are spoken by one of the thirds world population. Also can be classified as Romance language, including French, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian.
- In the 13th century, King Alfonso X standardized Spanish language for official use. So by the time that Columbus reached the West Hemisphere in 1492, Spanish reached the point where it could be easy to understand in our days.
- The Royal Spanish Academy created in the 18th century is considered in charge to approve or decline any words and to umpire new regulations without having the force of law, but their decisions are followed in Spain and South America.
- Spanish has far more speakers in South America brought to the new world when the colonization took place. Grammar and accent may vary between the language in Spain and South America. Furthermore, it may vary from countries inside South America but since differences are minor, communication between them can take place very easy.
- Spanish and English have a lot in common of their vocabulary through cognates. The biggest difference of the language is the Spanish form of gender and a more extensive verb conjunction.
And you, do you have any more suggestions why you should learn Spanish or are you already booking a Spanish course in our website?
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Article written by Jose de la Vina, Marketing Coordinator at CLIC Seville.
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