For the love of Spanish
Did you know just how useful a language Spanish is to know?
Here are 3 facts about the language for you:
1. It’s the second most spoken language in the world with almost 500 million speakers
2. It’s the official language of 20 countries in Europe and Latin America
3. The USA could become the largest Spanish speaking country – with more than 120 million inhabitants, Mexico is currently the largest Spanish speaking country but that might be changing soon.
If the growth projections for the Latino population stay as they are, the USA could become the largest Spanish speaking country in the world by 2050.
Did you also,know that English is considered to be relatively easy for English speakers to learn?
For native English speakers, learning Spanish may be easier than other languages because they share the same alphabet.
Spanish has a straightforward pronunciation system and fewer irregularities than other Latin-based languages
According to a study carried out by the US Foreign Service Institute, a native English speaker requires an average of 23-24 weeks and between 575 and 600 classroom hours to become proficient in Spanish.
Now that might sound like a lot of hours but remember that is to become proficient.
The level of Spanish you need depends very much on what you need to use it for.
To enhance your enjoyment of a holiday, you would not need to be at the level of proficiency.
So, don’t let those hours put you off.
Spanish is an extremely accessible language for English –speakers. There are so many ways of learning it that you can fit around your lives.
Why don’t you give it a try?