Why Learn Spanish?

  • Spanish is the native language spoken by more than 430 million persons distributed in 22 nations, and the second language for 100 million people.
  • The U.S. is the third largest Spanish speaking country in the world with 35.5 million speakers.
  • With Spanish you can aspire to be part of international companies with branches in Latin America, and Mexico.
  • By 2050 English and Spanish languages will share the position as the 4th most spoken world language among people aged 15-24 after Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, and Arabic. (Science, February 2004)


Facts about Latin America and Spain

  • Latin-America was the site of advanced civilizations, among them the Incas and the Mayas. Sites like Machu Pichu, Chichen-Itza, Palenque and Uxmal are just a few examples of the splendor of the past.
  • Largely due to geography, Mexico is the United States' second largest trading partner.
  • Mexico and Venezuela constitute the biggest oil reserve in the western hemisphere.
  • The Amazon River and its rain forest, vital for the health of the planet, is located at the heart of South America.
  • Spain, in turn, represents a place of convergence of vast cultures, as can be seen in Alhambra, Cordoba, Seville, Toledo.
  • Spain is the second most attractive country for tourism in the world after France.
  • Spain is recognized by its art: Picasso, Dali, Goya, Cervantes and Velazquez are just examples of what Spain can offer.
  • The list of interesting features for the Hispanic world is endless: Argentina, recognized by its tango music, Borges, and its beef; Chile, the owner of 25 percent of the world's copper reserves; Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin's theory; Bolivia and Peru with their population diversity.



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