Spanish is one of
the several national languages of Spain and the official language of
twenty nations in North, Central, and South America. Approximately
360,000,000 people in the world speak Spanish.
Spanish is widely
spoken in the United States; 35,000,000 people of Latin American and
Spanish descent live in the Untied States. The U.S. is the third
largest Spanish speaking country in the world
have been immigrating to the U.S. for over 400 years. Many people in the U.S. have
Spanish as a heritage language.
Spanish, or español, is a romance language that evolved from
Latin. There are many different varieties of Spanish spoken in the
The study of Spanish
offers learners the opportunity to communicate, to learn, and to
function appropriately in Hispanic communities.
film, and foods produced in the Untied States for the general
population, feature the Spanish language and cultural phenomena from
the Spanish-speaking world.
The study of Spanish
helps with the understanding of English grammar and expanding students’
Students enrolled in
the study of languages including Spanish have higher SAT scores for
each year of language studied than students who do not study a foreign
Learning a new
language increases problem-solving skills and improves memory,
self-discipline, and self-esteem. Spanish is the language of many
which can be accessed in the original version by speakers of Spanish.
South and Central
America represent a growing market for American companies. The NAFTA
treaty with Mexico, Canada and the United States opened the doors for
additional trade and communication among these countries.
South America is one
of the favorite destinations of American
According to the
Kiplinger Washington Editors, the Hispanic share of the workforce will
increase 25 percent by 2010.
There are many
linguistic and cultural opportunities in the United States for learners
of Spanish as a second language.
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