Where in the World?

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If you want to learn one of the world’s most widely-spoken languages, Spanish is a smart choice.

Spanish is an official language in 4 continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. The Americas, one of the world’s most popular destinations for exploration and travel, are dominated by Spanish speakers from Mexico down through Panama and all the way to Argentina. Many of these Spanish-speaking countries are experiencing a rapid rise in economic growth, a development that is attracting a lot of interest from the English-speaking world in terms of finance and investment.

The sheer number of Spanish speakers makes learning Spanish a good decision. Almost half of the population in the western hemisphere speaks Spanish, making it just as important as English for the people who live in this half of the world. With an estimated 480 million native speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language; only Mandarin, English and Hindi have more speakers and if you count only native speakers, Spanish indeed outranks English! There are estimated to be between 40 and 50 million Spanish speakers in the United States alone.

Spanish is commonly learned as a second language right across Europe. When our car broke down in the middle of France, a bunch of local French lorry drivers did their best to help us; they spoke no English and were stunned to discover that we spoke no Spanish, a language in which they automatically assumed they might be able to communicate with English-speakers.

Hugely popular across the world and especially in the United States as a second language for English-speakers to learn, Spanish is extremely well-furnished with online resources and endless potential routes to help and support. Spanish is also an excellent gateway to learning other romance languages such as Italian, French and Portuguese.

Whatever your reason to give Spanish a try, book your adventure with Chatterbox today, and transform a refugee’s life as you do so.

Written and edited by Emma C Williams, Latin tutor. Find Emma on twitter @Latin_Tutor or visit her website here www.latintutoring.co.uk