|Est. L1 speakers:||480,000,000|
|Est. L2 speakers:||90,000,000|
|Est. total speakers:||570,000,000|
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.