Spanish is the most widely spoken language after Mandarin, English and Hindi. It is the second language in the USA and second most popular language in Europe after English. It is the official language in 21 countries around the world including Spain. Spanish is becoming more and more important with respect to business needs. Learning Spanish will assist you to communicate better with Spanish speaking counterparts at work and will open up lot more business and job opportunities.
With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language.
Spanish has at least 3 million native speakers in each of 44 countries, making it the fourth most widely spoken language behind English (112 countries), French (60), and Arabic (57). Antarctica and Australia are the only continents without a large Spanish-speaking population.
Knowing another language gives a person the ability to step inside the mind and context of another culture. With the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, one has true access to that culture. Why is important? In a world where nations and people are ever more dependent upon one another, intercultural sensitivity can help build trust and cooperation, the ability to negotiate and compromise.
Traditionally, learning a new language meant that you could land a job with an Embassy or the tourism sector. However, with the ever increasing globalization, companies in the IT sector, MNC banks and export houses are looking for a large number of people who can work with them as language experts. With a large number of companies from non-English speaking countries spotting India for outsourcing work, they have started hunting for people proficient in Spanish, German, French and other foreign languages to support the clientele and the salary package for language experts could be 25% to 40% more than English speaking counterparts.
The majority of Latin American countries speak Spanish as their native language, with an increasingly large and growing Hispanic community now also living in the US, which means Spanish language covers nearly and entire hemisphere. In Europe, Spanish is spoken in Spain and is only slightly different from the Latin American Spanish, which means that learning one makes the other much easier to pick up.