What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Spain? The epic roars of a crowd watching Real Madrid at the famed Santiago Bernabéu Stadium? Perhaps it's the thought of undergoing the Christian pilgrimage of The Camino de Santiago or, on the other end of the spectrum, you may be thinking of visiting the party island of Ibiza. The appeal of Spain is most certainly in its diversity - it has something for everyone.
The Spanish language, also known as Español or Castilian, is the language with the second most native speakers in the world. Thanks, in part, to the Spanish Empire of the 16th century, Spanish is spoken throughout the world. In Europe you can find the language being spoken in, of course, Spain. In North America a large portion of the United States of American people can speak Spanish at some capacity. There are a host of Central and Southern American countries – major countries such as Chile, Venezuela and Argentina. Even certain tropical islands of the Caribbean like Cuba and the Dominican Republic also identify Spanish as their national language. The behemoth which is the Spanish language even reaches as far as Oceania where Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, is heavily influenced and even shares many words with Spanish.
Learning Spanish will open up a world of travel destinations to you. As mentioned before, the Spanish language spans across the entire world - there are over 20 nations which list Spanish as their official language. The list of countries which identify with the Spanish language include popular destinations such as Cuba, Mexico, Panama and of course, Spain itself. If you're looking for a language to help guide you and open up new doors of opportunity as you traverse the globe, we believe Spanish is a language worth learning.