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.

Where Spanish Is Spoken


  • DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera)

Studying Spanish

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