1. At this time of economic globalization it is important to learn Spanish. There are more than five hundred million native-Spanish speakers in the world (the third largest native-language spoken in the world).

2. Spanish is the second language in the USA. If you are bilingual, you will have more jobs opportunities in and out of USA.

3. Knowing Spanish, it is easier to learn other Romances languages such as Italian, French, and Portuguese.

4. Spanish is a phonetic language, so all the letter sounds have a written representation (pronunciation and spelling are the same).

5. Easy for English speakers to learn because of its Latin roots, nearly identical alphabet, and pronunciation rules. Spanish is one of the easiest language for an English speaker to learn.

6. You can communicate with Spanish-speakers in and out to USA. There are about 45 million Spanish-speakers in USA. Also, Americans are traveling and retiring more to Latin-America because is cheaper.

7. You will learn about the twenty one Spanish-speaking countries, and their unique cultures.

8. Researchers have shown that learning a Romance language, such Spanish, will improve English knowledge on vocabulary and grammar. Consequently students' verbal SAT/ACT scores increase.

9. In USA and the rest of the world, Spanish courses have increased in all levels of education.

10. You become smarter when you learn something new, and more interesting to other people.

11. Learning Spanish is an asset when you are competing with thousands students for a seat in the best USA colleges and universities.

Other fact:

1. Spanish was the first European language that was spoken in USA, and is the second language in this country.
2. The first name of United States of America was Florida.
Spanish has been spoken in the US for centuries, and it is used in many different ways today.
  • It began being used in what is now the US in 1513 (almost five centuries ago) by Ponce de León. Spanish was the language spoken by the first permanent European settlers and explorers.
  • Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer, traveled from Florida to the Gulf of California 267 years before the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Spanish is a part of our popular culture, with shows like "Dora the Explorer," "The George Lopez Show," and "Ugly Betty," as well as the language of major networks such as Univisión and Telemundo.
  • Spanish influence is evident in place names: states such as Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Florida, California, and Arizona all come from Spanish words; cities and regions such as Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Alcatraz, Toledo, Sante Fe, and Las Vegas, to name a only handful, are also of Spanish origin.

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