The language of Cervantes is currently in a very good place. More than 500 million people speak Castilian Spanish as their mother tongue, and if we add all the people that decide to learn it as a second language to that figure, it shoots up.
According to the Cervantes Institute report published in 2013 ‘El español: una lengua viva’ (Spanish: A Living Language) Spanish has the second highest number of speakers in the world, and is the second most popular language for international communication. In 2030, 7.5% of the world’s population will speak Spanish (around 535 million people), far more than Russian (2.2%) French (1.4%) or German (1.2%), and by 2050 the USA will have become the biggest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
Now is a great time to learn to communicate in this fantastic language. It’s not such a surprise, then, that between 2011 and 2012 the Cervantes Institute registered an increase of 7% in enrolments on Spanish language courses. Language learning centres have a lot of work ahead of them.