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Spanish at UWL

 

Why learn Spanish?

  • Spanish is a language of critical importance in the United States in any career
  • Spanish is the native language of approximately 410 million people, and is spoken by approximately 470 million people worldwide
  • Spanish is second only to Mandarin Chinese in the number of native speakers
  • Spanish is the third most common language on the internet
  • Spanish is the second most studied language in the world
  • Spanish is the second language of international communication
  • Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations
  • Spanish is an official language of the European Union and of Mercosur
  • The United States is the world's second-largest Spanish speaking country with approximately 50 million native and non-native speakers of Spanish
  • Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country with over 110 million speakers
  • Spain is the third-largest Spanish speaking country (46 million), and the second-largest when considering only native speakers
  • Spanish is a good language to study due to its lexical similarity to other Romance languages (lexical similarity is 89% with Portuguese, 85% with Catalan, 82% with Italian, 76% with Sardinian, 75% with French, and 71% with Romanian)