• Why Espanol?

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    Why study Espanol?
     
    Spanish is the third most spoken language worldwide.
     
    Spanish is spoken natively by approximately 350 million people in the world today. Another 100 million or so speak Spanish as a second language The ability to speak Spanish obviously allows you to communicate with a great many people, but the advantages do not end there.

  • The ability to speak Spanish gives you an enhanced travel experience to over 21 countries on 4 continents.
    Spanish is an official language of countries in Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.

  • Spanish is a language with a rich cultural and linguistic history.
    Everyone has heard of Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha. In 2005, Don Quijote celebrates its 400th year and is one of the most translated books in history, second only to the Bible. Studying Spanish gives you a cultural appreciation of literary works such as this one and of other works in fields such as the arts, architecture, music, and cinema.
  • Spanish is an important international language.
    It is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, and other organizations.

  • Spanish is an important business language used in international trade.
    Opportunities are not limited to those abroad. Spanish is spoken natively by approximately 25 million people in the U.S., making it the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world today. Spanish is expected to be the first language of 50% of the U.S. population in 50 years.

  • The ability to speak Spanish gives you an advantage in employment opportunities and salary potential.
    This applies to a wide range of fields such as education, law, and medicine. Also, the growing Latino population in the U.S. will continue the increase in the demand for Spanish-language media: television and radio stations, newspapers, and advertising.

  • Spanish can be the key to unlock your future success.

    Why Study Spanish?
    The reasons and opportunities are endless....

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  • How to Study Espanol?
     

    Number one tip: study every day

    To speak any language fluently and be able to survive in the language among native speakers, it is necessary to study every day for an extended period.

    Studying every day is much more effective than studying every other day. Studying only once a week is a sure way to forget everything by the end of the week and be eternally relearning the same little bit of vocabulary. The problem is that your mind will forget much of what you learn in the course of one day and by the end of two days it is even more. If you study every day, even for a little while, it will mean that you can focus more of your time learning new material and waste less time relearning old material. This is one of the secrets to learning a language: study it every day.

    Using web resources

    Search the web or take a look at the link notes located on each page, search for review material such as games, audio files and dialogs.  Use the online dictionaries that allow you to quickly look up vocabulary.

    Using media resources

    Once you have learned the basics of Spanish, try reading or viewing material in Spanish. A newspaper, a magazine or a children's book is a great place to start.

    Watching Spanish television or Spanish movies will help you practice listening. Playing your favorite DVD or television show with Spanish close captioning on or with the Spanish soundtrack will help you learn new vocabulary and will assist in putting items into context.

    You can use the internet and the links on our e-board to find online editions of many Spanish newspapers and magazines available.

    Keep a dictionary nearby if you have trouble with unfamiliar vocabulary. The dictionary can be a very effective study tool. Each time you look up a new word, place a dot or symbol near the word. If you forget a word and need to look it up again, add another dot near the word. Pretty soon, you will have a collection of words with two, three and four dots. This marking system helps you figure out which words are either important to remember

    In addition, every time you open your dictionary, you will see other Spanish words, while searching for your target word and this has the effect of reminding you of other words.

    Use it

    The best way to learn Spanish is by using it with other speakers. Do not be discouraged by mispronunciation, these are things that come with being a beginner. People will understand that you are learning and will appreciate you applying the skills that you have acquired. So go ahead—say something. “Hola, ¿Cómo estas

    Where in the World Is Spanish Spoken?
    Source: Ethnologue
     

    The places listed below have Spanish-speaking populations greater than 100,000.

    Mexico 86,211,000
    Colombia 34,000,000
    Argentina 33,000,000
    España 28,173,600
    Estados Unidos: E.E.U.U. 22,400,000
    Venezuela 21,480,000
    Peru 20,000,000
    Chile 13,800,000
    Cuba 10,000,000
    Ecuador 9,500,000
    Dominican Republic 6,886,000
    El Salvador 5,900,000
    Honduras 5,800,000
    Guatemala 4,673,000
    Nicaragua 4,347,000
    Bolivia 3,483,700
    Costa Rica 3,300,000
    Uruguay 3,000,000
    Puerto Rico 2,690,000
    Panama 2,100,000
    Paraguay 110,000