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Why the Spanish Language Is as Relevant as Ever

By Sean Patrick Hopwood | Published: October 15, 2019

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Spanish

If you still cannot decide which foreign language to learn, there are several reasons why investing your time and money in learning Spanish is worth it. Spanish is also called Castilian or Español. Modern Spanish evolved from the Castilian dialect, for which it is named, starting in the 9th century. 

Learning Spanish will make you part of the 534.3 million people around the world that speak the language, making it  the fourth most spoken language today. Spanish is a widespread language and remains relevant today. Twenty-one countries around the world use Spanish as their official language. Immigrants contribute to the increasing population of Spanish-speaking communities in the United States.

Why learn another language?

In today's global business scenario, knowing a second language is essential. Learning another language has several benefits as well. You can better understand other cultures. American linguist and academic John Hamilton McWhorter V, a Columbia University Associate Professor of English and comparative literature, said that learning a new language keeps you healthy because it lowers the risk of having dementia.

Moreover, your chances of securing a good job are higher when you speak another language. You'll have opportunities for promotion, an offshore post or opportunities to deal with overseas clients.

Importance of Spanish today

Spanish is still a very important world language today, just as it was several centuries ago. The Spanish-speaking community in the United States is the world's fastest-growing population outside Spain. They share their culture, services, products, institutions and businesses with other communities.

Based on its continuous growth, Spanish will have 520 million speakers worldwide by 2050, and 100 million of them will be in the United States. Based on this, you can see the demand for workers who can speak Spanish. The statistics likewise show that the demand for Spanish translation and interpreting will be higher.

As the biggest minority group in the U.S., Hispanics are a powerful force. They represent a key demographic group that can affect local, state and national politics. Their purchasing power is vital to almost all types of business operation.

You'll not be alone when you study Spanish. The Instituto Cervantes (Cervantes Institute) estimates that in 2016, about 21 million people around the world were learning Spanish. It's hard to believe, but many people in France speak Spanish as well.

If you love to travel or are interested in joining the tourism industry, knowing how to speak Spanish will give you more than a fair advantage. The tourism industry in Latin America is flourishing. Being a Spanish-speaking tour guide will allow you to travel to many destinations.

If your interest is in the diplomatic or business community, Spanish is one of the main languages in the European Union, the United Nations, and other organizations and corporations around the world. Several countries in Asia and Africa speak Spanish, too.

Even if you do not want to work overseas, knowing Spanish will help you find good job prospects. Many companies in the U.S. need to fill vacancies in managerial and senior positions with people who are fluent in Spanish, particularly those companies that are serving the Hispanic community.

So, don't hesitate anymore. Enroll in Spanish lessons today. You'll not regret it. If you want to know more facts about the Spanish language, the above infographic, courtesy of Day Translations, Inc., provides more information.

About the Author

Headshot of author Sean Patrick Hopwood

Sean Patrick Hopwood is the polyglot CEO of Day Translations, Inc., a global translation and interpreting services provider that serves clients in a wide range of industries including healthcare, finance and government. 

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