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Why Learn Spanish?
Spanish is the native language spoken by more than 430 million persons distributed in 22 nations, and the second language for 100 million people.
The U.S. is the third largest Spanish speaking country in the world with 35.5 million speakers.
With Spanish you can aspire to be part of international companies with branches in Latin America, and Mexico.
By 2050 English and Spanish languages will share the position as the 4th most spoken world language among people aged 15-24 after Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, and Arabic. (
, February 2004)
BBC of London
Latin America News
Facts about Latin America and Spain
Latin-America was the site of advanced civilizations, among them the Incas and the Mayas. Sites like Machu Pichu, Chichen-Itza, Palenque and Uxmal are just a few examples of the splendor of the past.
Largely due to geography, Mexico is the United States' second largest trading partner.
Mexico and Venezuela constitute the biggest oil reserve in the western hemisphere.
The Amazon River and its rain forest, vital for the health of the planet, is located at the heart of South America.
Spain, in turn, represents a place of convergence of vast cultures, as can be seen in Alhambra, Cordoba, Seville, Toledo.
Spain is the second most attractive country for tourism in the world after France.
Spain is recognized by its art: Picasso, Dali, Goya, Cervantes and Velazquez are just examples of what Spain can offer.
The list of interesting features for the Hispanic world is endless: Argentina, recognized by its tango music, Borges, and its beef; Chile, the owner of 25 percent of the world's copper reserves; Ecuador and its Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin's theory; Bolivia and Peru with their population diversity.
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