Why Is The Spanish Language So Popular?

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),

presently 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 confined to fairly well defined areas of

the globe and do not as yet have the same impact on world

trade.

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, learning 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

communication.

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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