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  • The importance of spanish language

    21 posts, 11 voices, 806 views, started Jan 19, 2009

    Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009

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      If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide! Think how many more employment options that gives you! And if you want to take a trip to Spain or Latin America, a little knowledge of Spanish will go a long way.

      Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
      At the end of the 19th century, 60 million people spoke Spanish. Today, almost 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish!
      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.
      Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America. Their population in the USA has grown by 60% in just one decade and their buying power is expected to exceed $926 million by 2007.
      Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organizations.  

      29 million US residents above the age of 5 speak Spanish at home. That’s approximately 1 of every 10 US residents, an enormous consumer and business-to-business market.
      “The world is rapidly becoming multilingual and Arabic and Spanish are both key languages of the future” said language researcher David Graddol, commenting on a recent report presented to the British Council.
      No one aware of the changing tides of business could fail to notice that we increasingly operate in global markets. Foreign language fluency is a significant asset for job seekers, as more and more companies trade internationally.
      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...
      Latin American countries are experiencing strong economic growth and becoming important global commercial partners. Newly created MERCOSUR and the existing free trade agreements between Hispanic countries and North America (ALADI, the Andean Community, CACM, NAFTA, G3), are expected to bring further growth to Latin American economies.  

      Latin culture continues to have a global influence on architecture, art and literature. Who isn’t familiar with Cervantes ‘Don Quijote de la Mancha, the second most translated book after the Bible, which marked its 400th anniversary in 2005 with worldwide celebrations? Who hasn’t heard that the most expensive painting ever sold is a Picasso?
      Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava continues to make his mark worldwide, with recent and current projects in Sweden, Ireland, Germany, the Olympic campus in Athens and the site of the world trade centre in New York, among others.
      Spanish language authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende continue to lead global best seller lists and win international critical acclaim.  

      Not only is learning Spanish becoming increasingly important in terms of the global economy, it can also play a major role in your own personal development. The Spanish passion for living is contagious and once you start to learn about their language and culture, you won’t ever want to stop.
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          Psalmist wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • hablo un poquito de espanol, pero no mucho.  entiendo, pero es uno problema hablar con personas que no pueden entender ingles cuando no recuerdo las palabras en espanol.  Me entiendes?



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          Psalmist wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Spanish was my major in college, since i grew up in the bronx, ny, in a latino neighborhood. i actually started learning spanish through Sesame Street (still love that show for its wonderful teaching ability).  Once i graduated though, i moved to delaware which doesn’t have much of a latino community, at least not where i live, and so i fell out of practice and have lost so much of it.  i can still speak and understand the basics, but like joyfull, one of my key phrases has also become either, “mas despacio, por favor,” or “un momentito, necesito un interprete.”  so your help monna is so very much appreciated!



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          Jenni0811 wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Si!!  Count me in  estatic



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          Psalmist wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • i just need to kick the dust off and start reading and speaking again more regularly, so you can post things to me monna and see how rusty i am and then go from there. whatever you‘re comfortable with.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • my other daughter who is 6 is latino and I keep promising to learn but never had the time...my mum and her mum/grandmother are best friends..so they’ve been around for forever and they’ll be around forever...lol

          She’s the other little girl in my wedding photos..my other flowergirl..and April keeps trying to teach us spanish..I suck at it..I did 6 years of French in school..no spanish



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          Maria68 wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Hi MonnaLissa,

          I am interested in joining your Spanish language learners group.  

          Muy Gracias.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, I did not know Mandarin Chinese is the 2nd most spoken language.  I know a little to get by.



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • I would love that!  I took spanish ages ago in school and have a very minimal knowledge of it but we go to Mexico every year for vacation and my youngest daughter is taking it in school and doing very well. I can understand some things like-una mas cerveza por favor! or would that be uno mas cerveza? hehe! and some more useful stuff but very minimal.
          I would love to join a learning group!  That would be fabulous!  I think learning a new language is an excellent way to keep your brain exercised and like you said—there are more and more spanish speaking people all the time and knowing the language could be very helpful!



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          Juli1967 wrote Jan 19, 2009
        • Where is it?



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