Infographic: Surprising Facts and Stats About the Spanish Language
Whether you call it Spanish, Español or Castellano, here are some surprising things about the language you may not know.
We recently came across this great infographic from SpeakingLatino.com that visualizes a number of notable facts about the Spanish language. You can view the full infographic below.
Here are a handful of facts and stats from the infographic and the page where it was posted that caught our eye. We’ve also added in a few links where you can find additional information, and a bonus fact just for fun:
- There are over 500 million Spanish speakers in the world—a number expected to reach 600 million by 2050. Check out this breakdown of the number of Spanish speakers in the world.
- Spanish is the second most studied language in the world. In 2010, the number of people studying Spanish as a second language was more than 20 million
- In three generations, 10% of the world population will be able to communicate in Spanish
- There are more Spanish speakers in the United States than there are speakers of Chinese, French, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined
- Spanish is the official language of 22 countries, the second most-common language used for international communication, and the third most-used language on the Internet
- Spanish is the second-largest native language in the world (coming in just ahead of English). View the top 10 most-spoken language in the world here.
Here’s one bonus fact not included in the infographic we thought we’d share:
Spanish is one of the five major Romance languages—along with French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. No, it’s not called a Romance language because you can use it to romance your amor (though that may be true too). Romance languages are a group of related languages all derived from Vulgar Latin within historical times. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica