Did you know the US will have more Spanish than English speakers within just a few decades? Here are 11 Spanish language facts that will make you want to learn Spanish as soon as possible.
Learning Spanish has changed my life these past four years.
I have met so many incredible people (most importantly my wife) and travelled and seen some truly majestic places.
That’s one of the reasons why we put together the below infographic with 11 interesting facts about the Spanish language. It’s packed with a short, visual representation of fun facts about Spanish speaking countries and the culture inside of them.
Fun fact #1: Spanish is spoken more in the world than English
Yep, that’s right – Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world today with 414 million speakers – that is a lot of people!
English comes in next as the third most spoken language today, while Mandarin Chinese is the winner with around 1 billion total speakers.
Fun fact #2: 31 countries have Spanish as their official language
Spanish, which can also be called Castellano, makes up almost one-fifth of the world’s official languages. That means that some 15.8% of countries today have Spanish as the official language.?, which is a lot of countries.
If you like to travel like I do, learning Spanish means you can communicate with almost 20% of the world’s population – and that’s not including Spanish speakers in the US or other ‘English-speaking’ countries.
Fun fact #3: You can earn up to $125/hour teaching Spanish in the US
In fact, there are many high-paying translator jobs and teaching jobs in the world today. Speaking another language is only going to increase your skillset and desirability no matter where you look for a job.
Fun Fact #4: The US will become the largest Spanish speaking country by 2050
Yes, you read that correctly. The United States is growing in Spanish speakers at a faster rate than English speakers. Spanish speakers are expected to reach around 132.8 million speakers in 2050.
That fact right there should give North Americans a desire to learn Spanish. Any long-term thinker knows that Spanish is going to be as important as English in the future years. It would be silly for ourselves and our children to not put a greater focus on learning it.
Fun fact #5: Experts say it takes 24 weeks to achieve professional proficiency in Spanish
I thought about deleting this one, because the amount of time it takes to be fluent in Spanish is a bit of a subjective thing to state. However, it is what the ‘experts’ say so who am I to disagree with them!
Personally, I reached a conversational fluency in less than a year using fun and interesting methods, but I wouldn’t say I am at a professional level by any means.
For instance, I don’t think I can take an accounting job and explain the job well enough in Spanish. Although, I can and have done this in English. I think a professional level requires a more tailored study towards your profession.
Fun fact #6: Spanish is considered the most romantic language on Earth
Who doesn’t want to be more romantic and loving? That’s right, Spanish is arguably the most romantic language. This should give you a strong enough reason to learn Spanish. Personally, I would love to see the tough guys at the gym start learning Spanish.?
Fun fact #7: Spanish is the 2nd most studied language in the world
Within three generations, almost 10 percent of the world’s population will be able to communicate in Spanish. While there is little doubt that English will continue as the universal business communication channel, that is not to say that Spanish isn’t going to play a larger role in the business world. Again, I truly believe that we should start taking Spanish much more serious.
Fun Fact #8: Spanish grammar was first published in 1492 by Antonio de Nebrija
That’s a long time ago. In fact, 1492 is also the year that Columbus discovered America. So when the US was first being discovered, Spanish was developing its own grammar system.
And, of course, this is still many, many years before the US declared its independence as a country? So which language came first?
Fun fact #9: Spanish has grown at a rate of 1,312.4% in the last 15 years
The growth of Spanish speakers is truly quite staggering if you ask me! This coincides with the projection earlier that Spanish speakers will soon become the majority in the US.
Fun fact #10: Spanish is the 3rd most used language on the internet
This probably isn’t much of a surprise due to the facts mentioned above.
English is still arguably the ‘world’s language’, although Mandarin Chinese has by far the most people and speakers so it makes sense that they are first. This makes Spanish the third-most used language on the internet.
Here’s a bonus fact for you to quiz your friends and family with: Which country has the most English speakers?
If you guessed the US, you are unfortunately wrong.
The correct answer is India!
Fun fact #11: Before the 18th century, the world’s only democratic language was Spanish
Many people think of the US when they think of the founding of democracy in the world today. Little do most people know, including me, that Spanish was the first democratic language.
Spanish language facts
Some of these Spanish language facts were really eye-opening to put together. Doing this infographic reinforced in me a greater appreciation for the Spanish language, culture and countries involved.
It is evident that the Spanish language and culture is only going to have a greater influence on society in the coming years. If I was to bet on a language stock on Wall Street, my money would be 100 percent on Spanish in the coming years.
If you speak Spanish or are currently learning it, I promise you made the right decision to learn it! Now we want to hear from you. What interesting facts on the Spanish language did we miss??
Reprinted with permission of Spanishland School.
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