Why Is The Spanish Language So Popular?


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In the United States of America and around the world
economic conditions are changing. Commercial enterprises
increasingly need to compete on a global scale. To do this
it is frequently necessary for business people to
communicate with others whose native language is not the
same as their own.

The English language has for most of the 20th century been
the principal language of commerce and there was not a great
urgency to learn a second language. But that is changing.
The urgent need for people whose occupation involves
international travel and communicating with other
nationalities is to be fluent in more than one language.

The Spanish language, (officially known as Espanola)
previously ranks as the fourth most spoken language in the
world after English, Chinese and Hindustani. It is spoken by
more than 400 million people world-wide. This figure is
increasing rapidly year by year. While there are more people
speaking either Chinese or Hindustani than Spanish, both
These languages ​​are restricted to fairly well defined areas of
the globe and do not as yet have the same impact on world

The Spanish language is proving to be a popular choice for
learning as a second language. There are sound reasons for
this. It is comparatively easy to learn and is spoken by
approximately half the people in the Western Hemisphere. In
the United States of America the Spanish language is by far
the most popular second language and is the most spoken
after English by a large margin. In South America, all the
countries except Brazil have Spanish as their principal
language. Spanish is also the principal language in Central
America, Latin America and Mexico. In Europe too the Spanish
language is gaining in popularity and being more frequently
chosen as a second language

Phonetically, Modern Spanish is very good, which makes it
easy to learn. Unlike English in which groups of letters are
pronounced differently depending on where they are used. The
Spanish language is lexically close to Italian and shares
the same phonological system as well as grammar, making it
possible for the two to mutually understand each other to
some extent. Added to that, Spanish Spanish gives the
student an understanding of the other Romance languages,
(French, Portuguese and as mentioned, Italian.)

Written Spanish shares sufficient features with other
Romance languages ​​for them to be able to have some mutual

The number of Spanish-speaking people is increasing rapidly
and this provides a considerable advantage for anyone who is
fluent in both English and Spanish. The advantages of
learning a second language go beyond the purely commercial
benefits. Learning a second language opens up the exciting
prospect of being able to experience the cultural side of
the people and the country and to learn something of their
customs and way of life. This can greatly increase the
enjoyment of a trip to a foreign country. Choosing to learn
the Spanish language offers the opportunity for those
traveling for pleasure, to make contact with a wider choice
of countries

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