Spanish is one of the most popular languages on earth. Spanish is one of the four foreign languages that can be useful and spoken in over 25 countries throughout the world. It is one of the official working languages in dozens of powerful international organizations such as the European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), World Health Organisation (WHO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), and a host of other worldwide institutions.
Spanish Speaking countries in the world – Hispanic World
There are 20 Spanish speaking countries in the world. It is the official language or the de facto language of Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
In addition to these 20 countries, It is the official language of Puerto Rico (an unincorporated territory of the United States) and commonly spoken in USA, Belize, Andorra, Gibraltar, etc.
How many people speak Spanish in the world?
According to Instituto Cervantes, Spanish is a language spoken by more than 572 million people in the world today. This number includes people who speak Spanish as a native language, as a second language and students of all ages who do not live in Hispanic countries (Spanish-speaking) countries but have learned Spanish.
With 477 million native speakers, It is also the second most native spoken language in the world behind Mandarin Chinese, which has roughly 955 million speakers, and ahead of English which has approximately 400 million native speakers.
Spanish is the third most studied language after English and French. The language is being taught in more than 100 countries of the world, with more than 500,000 teachers and 100 million students. Spanish is by far one of the most studied languages in the world, whether in high school or college or any learning center. In addition, as per IWS – It’s now the 3rd most common language on the Internet.
Spanish Speakers in USA
With over 50 million Spanish speakers, the U.S. has surpassed Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and now second-largest Spanish-Speaking Country After Mexico. The U.S. Census Office believes there will be 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050 — which would make it the biggest Spanish-speaking nation on the earth.
Spanish speaking population in Central and South America
The Spanish language arrived in America first through Christopher Columbus exploratory travels, and then with the rest of colonizers, at the end of the fifteenth century. Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Central and South America.
With over 125 million speakers, Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country in the world. Colombia has about 46 million speakers while Argentina boasts about 41 million speakers. Most Latin American countries, those in Central and South America speak Spanish with an ever increasing amount of people in the USA. That is almost an entire hemisphere full of a language.
Spanish Language in Europe
In Europe, Spanish is the official language of Spain. It is one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. While Spanish is not as popular as English, German and French in Europe. However, it is taught in most nations in Europe.
It is widely spoken in Andorra and Gibraltar. Spanish also enjoys the presence of large communities in Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom where there is a strong community in London.
Spanish Speakers in the rest of the World
While 95% Spanish speakers inhabitants in the Americas and the Europe, there are pockets of Spanish speaking population in the rest of the world. Spanish is spoken by 68% population in Equatorial Guinea. In fact, it is the only country in Africa that has Spanish as an official language. In Africa, Morocco and parts of western Sahara has a decent number of speakers as well.
Historically Spanish was a more widely understood language in the Philippines. Today, Philippine Spanish is considered as a variant of standard Spanish. It has about 3 million Chavacano speakers, a Spanish-based creole which developed in the southern Philippines.
The Philippines were under Spanish rule from 1565-1898. Due to the historical roots Spanish has left in the Filipino culture all long the colonial era, there are thousands of Spanish loanwords in the Filipino languages and because of the traditional base and the similarities shared by these languages, It is admitted in written legal documents and courts of law.
Like any other language, there are a number of Spanish dialects in the world. While it may sound quite different, it’s all still Spanish! Compared to other languages, Spanish different dialects are not difficult to master.
Spanish speaking population from different regions and countries can still communicate effectively without knowing the specific dialect. Spanish is not a difficult language to master especially if you speak one of the romance languages.
The advantages of learning a foreign language for your career are numerous. Career opportunities in foreign languages are the most-sought reason to pursue a foreign language course in India.
There are an ever-increasing amount of reasons why to learn Spanish in India. With twenty-five Spanish speaking countries in the world and over five hundred and fifty million people in the world speaking Spanish, what better language could there be to learn? Learning Spanish makes sense!