January is the time when we all set our goals and new year’s resolutions for the coming year. A survey by the British Council has revealed that one in five Britons (21%) want to learn a new language this year with Spanish being the most popular choice.
Spoken by over 400 million people worldwide and if you include the number of people learning it, this figure rises to 572 million people.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. It is estimated that by 2050 the number of native Spanish speakers will rise to 754 million people.
There are 21 million Spanish students worldwide and it is the most popular foreign language to learn in the USA and UK.
It is the official language in Spain, Central and South American countries as well as the Caribbean and some African countries. In the USA it is spoken by 50 million people as their native or second language. In fact, there are more people speaking Spanish in the USA than in the whole of Spain!
Spanish is thought to be one of the easiest languages for native English speakers to learn. The grammar is simpler than in English and therefore easier to master. Since a lot of English words originate from Latin you will notice straightaway that you can already understand many Spanish words that have the same root. You do not have to learn complex grammar to be able to start communicating in Spanish early on as you can get by on simple grammar in many everyday situations.
Many companies now trade with firms in Spain and Latin America therefore greatly value employees who can communicate effectively in Spanish. In North America Hispanic consumers are the fastest growing market segment.
Without a doubt learning Spanish is a great way to boost your CV and improve your career prospects.
The use of Spanish on the internet has increased by 1,400% in the past 16 years and is the second most used language on social networks Twitter and facebook.
Think how many songs in Spanish have been popular in the past year; Justin Bieber’s “Despacito”, Little Mix “Reggaeton Lento”, Enrique Iglesias “Subeme La Radio” and J. Balvin’s “Mi Gente”.