[Article] Six Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn Español
It says Spanish has 329 million native speakers but I think we are around 400 million people ! Just in Mexico there are 120 million, Colombia + Spain make 90 million, Peru + Venezuela are 60 million, Argentina + Chile also 60 million. A stronger reason for learning it :)
Chilotin, remember though, not all Spaniards speak Spanish as a native language - - ask those who speak Catalan, Basque, Valencian and Galician and others for example. Many from those areas speak Spanish (call it Castillian) but as a second language, and some older people still ONLY speak the regional languages.
Then again, some Peruvians speak Welsh - - descendants of those who settled there from Wales in the UK after Christopher Columbus found himself in the Americas
Maybe that could account for the Mathematics not adding up?
Thanks. I considered that, however, the figures are really low. Spaniards who speak Catalan, Basque and the rest of languages of Spain are most equally bilingual (both are native languages), excepting few elder people and a significant but low number of Galicians. It is the same for indigenous languages from Mexico , Peru and the rest of Latin America. Maybe a relevant exception could be Equatorial Guinea, but their population is small.
It didn't seem that way to me. I believe the article was explaining why learning Spanish is so important and how many opportunities it will bring the individual who becomes fluent in Spanish. It was mainly pointing out the advantages of learning Spanish and not really putting down any specific country or their language.
I thought the first paragraph was a bit abrupt so I understand why the article could come across as rude to other languages. As I now speak Spanish it's fine by me either way. Although its popularity now negates the part in the article about it being helpful to your career. I live in Phoenix and bilinguals are offered jobs at $10/hour, which is to say speaking Spanish is basically worthless, at least as a means to advance a career. Of course it fails to mention the reality of millions upon millions of speakers of other languages learning English... also for better careers...
It's not so much that there are special jobs ONLY bilingual people can do, it's more how does it help you in other jobs?
I would imagine that nurses and doctors, for instance, who are fluent in Spanish, are more successful in their careers in places like Phoenix. It might even get you hired sometimes over someone who doesn't speak it.