If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide!
Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 98 million, Spain: 39 million, USA: 39 million, Argentina: 35 million, Colombia: 36 million, Venezuela: 22 million, Peru: 20 million…) It is also widely spoken in many more where it is not an official language.
Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organisations.
The US Census Bureau reports that the nation’s Hispanic population is expected to jump to 49.3 million from 38.2 million by 2015. The 39 million Hispanics currently living in the USA make up 12.5% of the total population. This population growth has increased demand for Spanish language media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines…