Over 44 countries with nearly 329 million native speakers make up the the population of who uses the Spanish language that dates as far back as the 13th century. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 48 million people speak Spanish in their home or approximately 12% of the population. This number is expected to increase with the Hispanic population in the U.S. to increase up to 132 million or roughly 30% of the U.S. population.
So what does all this mean?
Speaking Spanish is no longer an option and here’s why:
- Business. With the North American Free Trade Agreement and the continuing globalization of Caribbean and Latin American nations, Spanish is becoming widely used in the business world. Populations are booming in countries like Peru and Mexico and U.S. based companies are taking note. Many Fortune 500’s like Coca-Cola, McDonalds and even Walmart are opening up operations in these nations and with this comes jobs in everything from consumer services to manufacturing to corporate culture – all centering around the Spanish language and culture. Countries like Ecuador and Nicaragua have become huge natural resource hubs for global companies requiring logistics and shipping services to place a higher value on the native language. On the U.S. side, a dramatically increasing number of Spanish speakers is creating the need for communications, management and government positions that appeal to a bilingual population. In short, a working knowledge of Spanish is vital to get ahead of the competition and attain higher paying positions.
- Travel. Central and South America are rich in history, culture, biodiversity and natural beauty. Countries that were once closed off from the outside world by political strife and drug cartels are now opening up to tourism. Costa Rica has developed in to a mecca for thrill seekers looking to experience lush rainforests and active volcanoes. Mexico and Guatemala cater to millions of tourists a year thanks to ancient Mayan ruins and pristine tropical beaches. Having a knowledge of Spanish can help you to truly appreciate what each country has to offer as well as allow you to get off the beaten path and experience life as the locals live it. Unlike many European and Asian nations, Central and South America are only a stone’s throw away from the U.S. and come with a quarter of the price tag.
- Pride. Learning another language creates a better understanding of your own. Likewise, it gives you a new perspective on the concept of language and how communication affects others. As the English language continues to be heavily influenced by Spanish and vice versa, a greater multi-lingual vocabulary will give you more pride in yourself and a competitive advantage in job interviews.
In an increasingly globalized world, no person is an island. It is no longer an option NOT to at least have a working knowledge of the Spanish language. Thanks to a relatively simple set of grammar rules and a phonetically pleasing alphabet, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn at any age. So when are you taking your next class?
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