follow link Many students have entered the classroom on a cold Winter’s night with snow on their shoulders and palm trees in their eyes.  Whatever brings you through the door – rainforests or ruins, turquoise coastlines or tequila – you’re making a practical move. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, with Chinese being first and English being third.  It is spoken in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay and Equatorial Guinea.  That’s 21 countries!   The United States has close to 40 million native Spanish speakers and it is predicted that by the year 2050, the U.S. will be the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world (Instituto Cervantes).   Canada, also, has a growing Spanish-speaking population and increasingly rich, diverse Hispanic communities, particularly in the cities.  Learning Spanish gives you a more profound access to the heart and soul of these people, places and cultures.  It also enables you to convey ‘you’ and your story to the Spanish-speakers you meet while learning their stories.

vardenafil generico 20 mg online in italia With so many Spanish-speaking countries in the world and so many pockets of Spanish-speakers beyond the borders of those countries, knowing how to speak Spanish is an asset in business, tourism, social work, volunteer programs, law, education, health care, spiritual guidance and any field relying on good communication and mutual understanding.

watch Coming out to Spanish class, however, isn’t just a wise move in terms of travel and international relations.  It’s fun.  Meeting new people, learning new things, chuckling your way through a difficult word over coffee and cookies with others who are doing the same is a fine way to spend an evening.   Looking back on this business, some of my best laughs have been in la clase de espan᷉ol.  Anyone 13 and older is welcome – especially those of you with palm trees in your eyes.