Spanish has become very important to the U.S. and our culture. Did you know? More than 1.4 million university students were enrolled in language courses in autumn of 2002, and Spanish is the most widely-taught language in American colleges and universities. Of all students enrolled in a foreign language course, 53 percent study Spanish, followed by French (14.4%), German (7.1%), Italian (4.5%), American Sign language (4.3%), Japanese (3.7%), and Chinese (2.4%). The totals, however, remain relatively small relative to the size of the total U.S population.
Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Spanish:
1. Spanish is the second most-common language in the United States after English.
2. There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than there are speakers of Chinese, French, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.
3. According to the 2007 American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by over 34 million people aged 5 or older.
4. There are also 45 million Hispanics who speak Spanish as a first or second language.
5. There are 6 million Spanish-speaking students of all ages
6. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking community, only after Mexico and ahead of Spain, Colombia, and Argentina.
7. Roughly half of all U.S. Spanish speakers also speak English “very well,” based on the self-assessment Census question respondents.
8. In total, there were 34,547,077 people in the United States who speak Spanish as their primary language at home, including 3.5 million in the territory of Puerto Rico, where Spanish is the primary language.
9. Over half of the country’s Spanish-speakers reside in California, Texas, and Florida alone.
10. Spanish is the most widely-taught, non-English language in U.S. secondary schools and of higher education, thus establishing its importance to non-Hispanic Americans.