5 Interesting Facts About The Spanish Language [Infographic]

Here are some interesting and fun facts about the Spanish Language you may not be aware of. 

Spanish is currently one of the most spoken languages in the world right now, and while learning Spanish and becoming familiar with most common language expressions is beneficial, knowing some facts about the Spanish language can be extremely helpful for cultural context.

The use of the Spanish language has increased significantly in recent years,
In the last few years, the use of the Spanish language has experienced significant growth due primarily to population growth in Latin America, and an increase in the number of people learning Spanish as a second language. These metrics are included in the Spanish Language: ‘Una Lengua Viva’ annual reports of the Instituto Cervantes.

In this article we bring you the most recent and interesting facts about the Spanish language in the world.

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Fact #1: The Spanish Language is the second most spoken language in the world by the number of native speakers.

The Spanish Language is the second most spoken language in the world, with 496 million native speakers, just behind Mandarin, which has about 950 million of native speakers. When non-native Spanish speakers are included (approx. 74 million), Spanish ranks fourth in the world after English, Mandarin and Hindi, implying that approximately 7.5% of the global population can communicate using the Spanish language.

Fact #2: There are 21 Spanish speaking countries in the world.

There are 21 Spanish-speaking countries in the world, at least according to their official language. So, learning Spanish can become handy if you are travelling to the Spanish speaking world. The countries that speak Spanish are (in alphabetical order):

1. Argentina
2. Bolivia
3. Chile
4. Colombia
5. Costa Rica
6. Cuba
7. Dominican Republic
8. Ecuador
9. El Salvador
10. Equatorial Guinea
11. Guatemala
12. Honduras
13. Mexico
14. Nicaragua
15. Panama
16. Paraguay
17. Peru
18. Puerto Rico
19. Spain
20. Uruguay
21. Venezuela

Fact #3: The United States will be the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

The United States has the largest population of Spanish speakers (46 million) among countries where Spanish is not an official language. This figure is expected to rise further, and by 2060, the United States will be the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world (111 million), with Mexico (128 million) remaining first. This implies that nearly one-third of all Americans will be fluent in Spanish.

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Fact 4#: 24 million people are learning Spanish as a second language right now!

There are currently 24 million people learning Spanish as a second language. This figure has more than doubled in a decade, according to the Cervantes study. The number of students in the United States alone accounts for approximately 33% of the total, making Spanish the most studied foreign language in the United States. This is similar to the United Kingdom, where Spanish is already the most studied language in high school, surpassing French.

Fact #5: 690 million Spanish speakers by 2100

By the year 2100, 690 million people are expected to speak Spanish. This equates to an additional 100 million Spanish speakers than we currently have.

The full Cervantes report is available at: Cervantes report

Check this article about the Spanish Language if you want to learn more about the history of the language and its importance in today’s world. 

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