The importance of Spanish
"More and more companies value employees with a knowledge of Spanish, a language giving access to one of the fastest-growing markets in the world."
Reasons to Study Spanish
Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
At the end of the 19th century, 60 million people spoke Spanish. Today, almost 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish!
Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 388 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 102 million, USA: 45 million, Spain: 44 million, Colombia: 44 million, Argentina: 39 million, Venezuela: 28 million, Peru: 28 million...) It is also widely spoken in many more where it is not an official language.
Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America. Their population in the USA has grown by 60% in just one decade and their buying power is expected to exceed $1.3 billion by 2013.
Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organizations.
Latin culture continues to have a global influence on architecture, art and literature. Who isn't familiar with Cervantes' "Don Quijote de la Mancha", the second most translated book after the Bible, which marked its 400th anniversary in 2005 with worldwide celebrations? Who hasn't heard that the most expensive painting ever sold is a Picasso?
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava continues to make his mark worldwide, with recent and current projects in Sweden, Ireland, Germany, the Olympic campus in Athens and the site of the world trade center in New York, among others.
Spanish language authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende continue to lead global best seller lists and win international critical acclaim.
Ecuador SAP Foundation will help you to learn Spanish with the following E-Books:
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