Why learn a second language?
"Companies value employees with a knowledge of more than one language. Spanish gives you access to the fastest-growing markets in the world."
Here are some facts:
If you speak Spanish, you can communicate with almost 500 million people worldwide!. Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
Think how many more employment options that gives you! And if you want to take a trip around the world a little knowledge of Spanish will go a long way.
- In 2011 Saskatchewan reported that 3,490 residents spoke Spanish at home. Canada reported the same year that more than 420000 spoke Spanish and the number is growing and in the US 36,995,602 residents speak Spanish at home. That's an enormous consumer and business-to-business market.
- Latin American countries are experiencing strong economic growth and they are becoming important global commercial partners. ALBA, MERCOSUR and existing free trade agreements with the rest of the world, are expected to bring further growth to Latin American economies.
- 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?
Not only is learning Spanish, French or English becoming increasingly important in terms of the global economy, it can also play a major role in your own personal development.