“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith
Spanish is not just a language, it is a life skill.
As you research the right place to begin your child’s education, here are 5 facts to keep Spanish Immersion at the top of your list:
- Spanish is the Dominant Language in the Western Hemisphere.
With 329 million native speakers who speak it as their first language, this Latin language is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Chinese (1.2 billion) and English (328 million). It’s spreading rapidly compared to other languages. By 2050, about 600 million people will be speaking Spanish.
- Spanish is Spoken in At Least 44 Countries
Spanish is spoken by a minimum of 3 million first-language speakers in 44 countries, which makes it the fourth-most geographically spoken language behind English (112 countries), French (60) and Arabic (57).
- Spanish is Part of the Indo-European Family of Languages
Spanish is a language member of the Indo-European family of languages, which is spoken by more than a third of the globe’s population. Other members of this family of languages include French, English, German, the Slavic languages, the Scandinavian languages and several Indian languages. Spanish also falls under the subcategory of a Romance language, a small family group of languages that includes Portuguese, French, Catalan, Italian and Romanian.
- Spanish Goes Back to the 13th Century
Experts have not been able to pinpoint the exact century wherein Castilian Latin of the north-central region of Spain became Spanish. However, there is agreement that laws passed by King Alfonso in the 13th century to establish Castilian as a distinct official language of the government helped give form to the language. By the time Columbus traveled to the Americas in 1492, his version of Spanish had evolved to the point where it could easily be understood by modern Spanish speakers today.
- Spanish is the Third Most Popular Language of the Internet
Spanish is the third most popular language of the Internet with 7.9% of Internet users communicating in the Latin language. However, Spanish is the second most popular language of giant social media networks Facebook and Twitter. It is also the second language of importance to Wikipedia in terms of the number of users who visit the site. (Daytranslations.com) To learn more about the benefits of Spanish Immersion – schedule a tour at Rayito de Sol