Congratulations on your decision to study Spanish! Did you know that more than 500 million people in Spain, 18 Latin American countries, Puerto Rico, Equatorial Guinea, the Phillipines, and the United States speak Spanish? It is the second most common language in the United States and the second most commonly spoken language in the world.
    LEARN TO COMMUNICATE: When you study Spanish, you will be able to communicate with the many people in your community and across the globe who speak Spanish. You can read information on the internet, watch television shows, etc.
    UNDERSTAND CULTURE: The Spanish-speaking world is rich in music, food, art, literature, and everyday traditions. Learning about culture helps you understand other people's perspectives, patters of behavior,and contributions to the world at large.
    EXPAND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: In today's increasingly global community, your employment and career options expand greatly when you have the right job skills and proficiency in Spanish.
    IMPROVE LANGUAGE SKILLS: Studying Spanish improves your first language skills: vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. Research shows your test scores may even improve!