Native name: español ()
ISO Code: spa
Est. L1 speakers: 480,000,000
Est. L2 speakers: 90,000,000
Est. total speakers: 570,000,000
(Co-)official in:
  1. European Union
  2. Mercosur
  3. United Nations
  4. World Trade Organization


For most Americans, Spanish is the quintessential "foreign" language (though widely – and increasingly – spoken in the US) and the obvious first choice as a language to study. Nowadays, Brits often follow suit, choosing Spanish over their old-time favorite, French.

Spanish offers its learners many advantages: practicality, a global reach, an abundance of study materials and courses, a great body of literature and music, and a vocabulary that includes a large number English cognates (words that are similar in both languages). It is also considered one of the easiest foreign languages to learn for native English speakers.

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Taking CEFRL tests for quality European language certificates with no classes
By: Benny Lewis at Fluent in 3 Months F3M   Published: 29/Jun/2010
Languages: French German Spanish Themes: L2 Learning

The Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFRL) is a language level evaluation system, which is used as a standard in Europe. »

Where Spanish Is Spoken


  • DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera)

Studying Spanish