Why learn Spanish?
Career, culture, travel, social impact and the good life
An increasing number U.S. employers are seeking workers with knowledge of a second language, intercultural competence, and the creativity and critical thinking that develop when people learn about other cultures and perspectives.
A fast-growing Latino population and strong cultural and commercial ties with Latin America make Spanish the language of choice for careers in health care, government, education, business, international relations, marketing, social and non-profit work, and cultural enterprises, among other.
Learning a global language like Spanish gives you direct access to a wealth of cultural products from around the Spanish-speaking world (books, films, television, news, magazines, digital media, music, art, etc.). It also allows you to have more intense and authentic travel experiences in 20+ countries across several continents. Learning Spanish will open your mind, give you better career options, and enhance your overall life experience. And last, but not least, learning a second language is fun! Don't miss out.
Spanish in the world Hispanic population in the U.S.
According to the latest report by the Cervantes Institute (Madrid, Spain) there are 480 million native speakers and a total of 577 million Spanish speakers in the world, including native, heritage and second-language learners. Spanish is only second to Mandarin in number of native speakers, and also second to English in total number of speakers.
As a result of demographic factors, the percentage of the world population that speaks Spanish as its native or heritage language is expected to increase (from 7.6% in 2018 to 7.7% in 2050), while the proportion of Chinese and English speakers is expected to decrease in comparison.
Almost 22 million students study Spanish as a second language, including 2,8 million in the US alone. There are more Spanish-speakers in the U.S. than in Spain, 50+ million, making Spanish the second language of business, culture and communication in the U.S.