Why learn Spanish? It is not surprising that Spanish is one of the most popular second or third languages. There are about 572 million Spanish speakers in the world and it is the 4th most spoken language in the world and around 754 million people are expected to speak the language globally by 2060.
Spanish is either the official or second language of countries such as Spain, Mexico, United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay. In addition, it is an official language of the European Union, UNESCO, the United Nations and many more international organizations.
There are currently more than 35 million people who speak Spanish in the US as their native language and this figure should reach 52 million by 2015. This rapid growth raises the need for a Spanish speaking workforce in the American market (nurses, social workers, teachers, salespeople, translators, etc).
Latin American countries are experiencing strong economic growth and are becoming important business partners. In addition, Mercosur and other commercial treaties between South and North American countries (ALADI, CACM, NAFTA and G3) should allow further growth of Latin America.
Here are a few examples just to give you an idea of the importance of the Latin world in the global culture:
- Dance: Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco, Tango, Rumba, Pasodoble, Sevillanas, etc.
- Music: Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer López, Chayanne, etc.
- Cinema: Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Pénélope Cruz, Andy García, Martin Sheen, etc.
- Painters: Picasso, Velázquez, Dalí, Botero, etc.
- Literature: Cervantès, García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, etc.
- Architecture: Gaudí, Aníbal González, César Manrique, etc.
- Sports: Sergio García, Rafael Nadal, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Pau Gasol, Miguel Indurain, etc.
And the list goes on.
You can study Spanish and live in cool Caribbean places too. Spanish is spoken in many countries where people like to go on a holiday, like the Caribbean surf town of Cabarete, where you can learn Spanish while surfing in the morning or kitesurfing in the afternoon and study in the morning. Foreign students based in Europe will likely want to study Spanish in Spain, and Valencia is a great location for that as well.