There are some questions that we are bound to hear time and again. Is Spanish the most spoken language in the world? Will Spanish become the language of the United States? How many Spanish speakers are there worldwide? Is Spanish spoken outside of Latin America? Is Spanish hard? And because we know you want quick answers to all of those questions, here are some quick facts about Spanish.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.
Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language, when measured by the amount of native speakers. If you take into account the total number of speakers, both native and second language speakers, it falls to third place. Still - not a bad place to be, is it?
Spanish is spoken in 22 countries.
Although less spread throughout the world as English and French, Spanish is the official language in 21 countries - and, if you count the US, it has vibrant speaking communities in 22 countries around the world. Spanish, as we have previously explained, is not an official language in the United States. But the US is already the home of Spanish’s second biggest speaking community, so we can’t leave them out.
Spanish is spoken in one African country - Equatorial Guinea.
Following Spanish rule, Spanish became one of Equatorial Guinea’s official languages, along with French and Portuguese. Spanish is spoken as a second language and as language of intercultural exchange throughout the country, making it the only African country where Spanish is spoken. For years, Spanish was also spoken in Spanish Sahara, in present day Morocco and Mauritania. Click to read more about Spanish in Africa.
Mexico is the country with the most Spanish speakers.
With almost 130 million people, Mexico is the world’s 11th most populous country. Most of the population speaks Spanish as a native language - and the 8.3 million who speak indigenous languages at home are also likely to speak some Spanish. This makes it the biggest Hispanophone country in the world, followed by the United States.
Spanish is one of the easiest languages for English speakers to pick up.
It’s not according to us - it’s the CIA, the ACTFL and the US Department of State. You can read each agency’s estimate of how long it will take until you become fluent in Spanish. The results put Spanish and other Romance languages amongst the easiest for native English speakers. So what are you waiting for? Come to the other side - we have rolled rrs!
Spanish is one of the most studied languages in the world.
Spanish is currently the most studied foreign language in the United States: 50% of college students and 70% of high school students choose to learn Spanish. But the whole world is catching up with this trend. In 2017, there were 21.2 million Spanish students worldwide, which is soaring the numbers of proficient second language speakers every year.
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