It's the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world (after English, Chinese and Hindi). According to some statistic, there are more native Spanish speakers than native English speakers. Spanish is the official languages on four continents and is historically important on others.
Spanish is spoken by a significant population in the following countries, if not as an official language: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
All these make Spanish a popular choice for those who are interested in learning a foreign language. There are other reasons why learning Spanish.
Easy to learn
Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn. Many Spanish words share similarities with those of English and written Spanish is almost totally phonetic as opposed to other European languages. Even if you pick any Spanish word randomly, it is easy to tell how it is pronounced. While mastering the grammar of Spanish can be a challenge, basic grammar is simple enough that you can achieve meaningful conversation after only a few lessons.
Spanish makes travel easier
Although you can still visit many Spanish-speaking countries like Argentina, Mexico, Spain or even Equatorial Guinea without knowing a word in Spanish, you will miss some fun that basic Spanish proficiency allows you to experience. Being able to speak in Spanish when you are traveling around in Spanish-speaking countries will not only allow you to express yourself easily, but also to see and do many things that other visitors cannot experience.
The second language in the United States
Spanish is the second language of the United States with at least 30 million speakers. Many of their radio and TV channels exclusively broadcast programmes in Spanish. Within half century, Spanish will become the mother tongue for half of the inhabitants in the US.
China — Latin America Relation
Almost half of the China's direct foreign investment has gone into Latin America. Joint ventures have been agreed in some industries like steel, transport and energy resources.
According to the speech made by the Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Brazilian Congress in September 2005, China would invest US$100 billion in Latin America over the next decade and would invest US$20 billion in Argentina alone.
Sharing words with English
Gateway to other languages
Spanish gives you a head start in learning other Latin-based languages like French, Italian and Portuguese because of the shared root.
The Spanish World is filled with cultural, ethnic and geographic diversity. This great mosaic of countries, music (salsa, flamenco, tango, etc), cuisine (Spanish, Mexican, Argentinean, etc), artists (Goya, Velazquez, Botero, Rivera, etc) and the way of life have one common root: Spanish.
For many people, Spanish is considered as the foreign language that offers the most with the least amount of time and effort spent. It's never too late to start, so why not start learning today?