THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
is the second most spoken language in the world due to the number of speakers who claim it as their native tongue (after Mandarin Chinese). It is spoken as a first and second language amongst 450 and 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language as a first or second language after Mandarin Chinese and English combined, and is the mother tongue to 400 million people worldwide... Read more
Why Spanish in Latin America?
The best place to learn Spanish is in a country where it is spoken natively. In Latin America there is a great variety of places to do so. One can study in a famous city such as Cusco, or in a city near the coast like Argentina.
Latin America is a diverse land with 525 million inhabitants that principally speak the same language: Spanish. Each country and region has its own distinct characteristics — culturally, ethnically, and geographically — and multiple destinations give a great opportunity to know a variety of amazing landscapes. In addition, in Latin America one can encounter different activities with unforgettable attractions and economical prices. One can enjoy different cultures and above all, learn the language which will help in traveling.
The Spanish language presents varieties in the diverse zones where it is used. These differences are called regional variants or dialects. In Latin America this influence creates a distinction that is almost to the extent by the same magnitude of the territory.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world due to the number of speakers who claim it as their native tongue (after Mandarin Chinese). It is spoken as a first and second language amongst 450 and 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language as a first or second language after Mandarin Chinese and English combined, and is the mother tongue to 400 million people worldwide.
In addition, Spanish is the second most studied language in the world after English with at least 14 million students, although other sources indicate that over 46 million students are found distributed in 90 countries additionally. The countries where Spanish is spoken are: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Philippines, the United States, Canada and as a minor language: the United States, the Philippines, Canada, Marruecos, Gibraltar, Sahara Occidental, and Andorra.
Recently two data were discovered that spoke greatly on the situation of Spanish in the world: English and Spanish have been the only languages used in expansion and native Spanish speakers have become the first ethnic minority of the United States, with larger numbers than African Americans. They are a nation within a nation with 37 million people, equating to the population of Argentina, representing 13% of the United States’ population.
Spanish, the central characteristic of the overall cultural identity, will support the classes through the upcoming pressure in the next three years. The first pressure is the immersion of the Internet and the new technologies of information, whose centers of development are not needed in Spain nor in Latin America; second, the difficult tension between the Spanish of all speakers and the Spanish of each individual country, leading to the necessity to maintain the overall unit without losing the diversity; third, the friction and interchange with English.
The 47% Spanish speakers which have been living in the United States for 12 years or less said that they still prefer to speak Spanish as a first language.
On the other hand, Spanglish has been causing a great phenomenon in the Latino world in the United States. Spanglish is a new phenomenon that is changing daily, said to be in the future a possible new sub-language, similar to the sub-culture of Latinos in the United States.
By 2050, the Latino population will triple to 98.2 millions of inhabitants in the United States, where one in every four people will be of Latino origin.