SPANISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION WORLDWIDE
WE OFFER SPANISH LANGUAGE TRAINING, COURSES & CULTURAL IMMERSION IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
:: SPANISH language acquisition in SPAIN
:: SPANISH language acquisition in ARGENTINA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in BOLIVIA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in CHILE
:: SPANISH language acquisition in COLOMBIA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in ECUADOR
:: SPANISH language acquisition in GUYANA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in PARAGUAY
:: SPANISH language acquisition in PERU
:: SPANISH language acquisition in SURINAME
:: SPANISH language acquisition in URUGUAY
:: SPANISH language acquisition in VENEZUELA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in BELIZE
:: SPANISH language acquisition in COSTA RICA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in CUBA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
:: SPANISH language acquisition in EL SALVADOR
:: SPANISH language acquisition in GUATEMALA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in HAITI
:: SPANISH language acquisition in HONDURAS
:: SPANISH language acquisition in NICARAGUA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in PANAMA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in CANADA
:: SPANISH language acquisition in MEXICO
:: SPANISH language acquisition in USA
It is estimated that the combined total number of Spanish speakers is between 470 and 500 million, making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers (after Chinese, and English). Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in terms of native speakers. Global internet usage statistics for 2007 show Spanish as the third most commonly used language on the Internet, after English and Chinese.
In Europe, Spanish is an official language of Spain, the country after which it is named and from which it originated. It is widely spoken in Gibraltar, though English is the official language. It is the most spoken language in Andorra, though Catalan is the official language.
Spanish is spoken in 20 different countries worldwide. It is also spoken by small communities in other European countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Spanish is an official language of the European Union. In Switzerland, Spanish is the native language of 1.7% of the population, representing the largest minority after the 4 official languages of the country.
In Spain and in some parts of the Spanish speaking world, but not all, Spanish is called castellano (Castilian) as well as espanol (Spanish), that is, the language of the Castile region, contrasting it with other languages spoken in Spain such as Galician, Basque, and Catalan. In this manner, the Spanish Constitution of 1978 uses the term castellano to define the official language of the whole Spanish State, as opposed to las demas lenguas espanolas (lit. the rest of the Spanish languages).
Most Spanish speakers are in Latin America; of all countries with a majority of Spanish speakers, only Spain and Equatorial Guinea are outside the Americas. Mexico has the most native speakers of any country. Nationally, Spanish is the official language-either de facto or de jure-of Argentina, Bolivia (co-official with Quechua and Aymara), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico , Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay (co-official with Guarani), Peru (co-official with Quechua and, in some regions, Aymara), Uruguay, and Venezuela. Spanish is also the official language (co-official with English) in Puerto Rico.
According to 2006 census data, 44.3 million people of the U.S. population were Hispanic or Latino by origin; 34 million people, 12.2 percent, of the population more than five years old speak Spanish at home. Spanish has a long history in the United States because many south-western states were part of Mexico, and Florida was also part of Spain, and it recently has been revitalized by Hispanic immigrants.
Spanish is the most widely taught language in the country after English. Although the United States has no formally designated "official languages," Spanish is formally recognized at the state level in various states in addition to English; in the U.S. state of New Mexico for instance, 40% of the population speaks the language. It also has strong influence in metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, New York City, Las Vegas, and Chicago and in the last decade, the language has rapidly expanded in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Richmond, Washington, DC, and Missouri. Spanish is the dominant spoken language in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. With a total of 33,701,181 Spanish (Castilian) speakers, according to US Census Bureau, the U.S. has the world's second-largest Spanish-speaking population. Spanish ranks second, behind English, as the language spoken most widely at home.
In Africa, Spanish is official in Equatorial Guinea (co-official with French and Portuguese), as well as an official language of the African Union. In Equatorial Guinea, Spanish is the predominant language when native and non-native speakers (around 500,000 people) are counted, while Fang is the most spoken language by number of native speakers. Today, in Western Sahara, a former spanish colony, an unknown number of Sahrawis are able to read and write in Spanish, and several thousands have received university education in foreign countries as part of aid packages (mainly in Cuba and Spain). It is also spoken in the Spanish cities in continental North Africa (Ceuta and Melilla) and in the autonomous community of Canary Islands (143,000 and 1,995,833 people, respectively).