23 Apr Celebrate Spanish Language Day
Happy Spanish Language Day! Celebrated annually on April 23rd, the United Nations founded this day in 2010 to bring awareness to the culture, history, and use of Spanish as an official language. There are 400 million people globally that speak Spanish. Whether native speaker or late learner, Spanish impacts more people than you’d think.
On the Language of the Future Report, Spanish was voted the most important language to teach to children in the United Kingdom. Similarly, in the UK in 2008, Spanish surpassed other prominent languages, like German, as the most popular to learn. In addition, over 38 million Americans speak Spanish at home.
Study International recently found that Spanish is considered a Global Language, due to its popularity and prominence in the business world. The Chinese Government also reported that the demand to learn Spanish has increased dramatically, with over 40,000 students enrolled to learn. In addition, the well-known language-learning app Duolingo, published their three most popular languages. They found that English was the first, followed by French, and in third…you guessed it, Spanish!
Spanish’s global reach has played a huge role in cross-cultural trend shifts. Spanish currently stands as the most spoken non-English language in the United States, and is expected to continue in popularity. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. will jump to 138 million by 2050, which means more opportunity for expansion in multi-cultural and cross-cultural partnerships. Whether for marketing and business or friendship and socialization, the development of Spanish speaking skills is something to be celebrated.