Reasons why you should learn Spanish?
1. Spanish is spoken by 500 millions people with a growing trend that will reach 600 million speakers by 2050.
2. It is easy to learn. Written Spanish is almost completely phonetic- look to any Spanish word, and you can tell how it is pronounced, basic grammar is straight forward enough and many vocabulary words are similar to English.
3. There have been 11 Literature Nobel Prizes:
a. Jose Echegaray ( Spain, 1904)
b. Jacinto Benavente (Spain, 1922)
c. Gabriela Mistral (Chile, 1945)
d. Juan Ramon Jimenez (Spain, 1956)
e. Miguel Angel Asturias ( Guatemala, 1967)
f. Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1971)
g. Vicente Aleixandre (Spain, 1977)
h. Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia, 1982)
i, Camilo Jose Cela (Spain, 1989)
j. Octavio Paz (Mexico, 1990)
i. Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru, 2010)
Ruben Dario”The greatest Nicaraguan poet. He has been praised as the “Prince of Castilian letters” and undisputed father of the Modernismo Literacy movement.
4. It is the second most studied language in the world. In 2010, the number of people studying it as a second language was more than 20 millions. In three generations, 10 % of the world population will be able to communicate in Spanish. It is the second most commonly spoken language in United States.
5. There are more than 40,000 words and conjugations with all 5 vowels. They are called panvocalicas or pentavocalicas.
6. After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic. Today, the foreign language exerting the most influence is English.
7. Mexico contains the largest population of speakers with 114 million followed by the United States with 50 million.
8. One language with two names. Some countries use the term Espanol and others prefer to use Castellano to refer to it especially in Spain.
9. In 2005, the National Congress of Brazil approved a bill signed into law by the President, making Spanish language teaching mandatory in both public and private secondary schools in Brazil.
10. The United States has almost 40 millions native Spanish speakers. By 2050 it will become the largest speaking country in the world. There are more Spanish speaker in the United States than there are speakers of Chinese, French, Italian, Hawain and the Native American language combined.
11. It is the official language of 22 countries and the second largest native language in the world, the second language used for international communication and the third most used language on the Internet.