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Why Study Spanish?

Why Study Spanish? Spanish is the official first language of more countries than any other language in the world and the third most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English. Spain, Mexico, all the countries of Central America, most countries of South America, and several Caribbean Islands, all use Spanish as their official language. It is also spoken in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa as well as Northern Morocco. The descendants of Latin-Americans make up over eleven percent of the population in the United States and give the U.S. the third largest Spanish speaking population in the western hemisphere.

Knowledge of Spanish offers excellent career opportunities and the travel possibilities are limitless. To truly experience a foreign country in all its depth a traveler must be able to have a meeting of the minds with its people. Imagine hearing the legends of the Incas, Aztecs or Mayas, directly from the descendants of the builders of those noble but lost empires as you wander through their perennial monuments in Machu Picchu, Teotihuacán, or Chichén Itzá. Whether it be snorkeling in the crystal clear Mediterranean coves of the Island of Minorca, Spain, or trekking through the Patagonia in Argentina, Spanish will open up the doors to many adventures among natural, architectural, and artistic marvels.


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