The Spanish Language
Spanish is the most widely spoken of the Romance languages, both in terms of number of speakers and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language. Besides being spoken in Spain, it is the official language of Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, of all the Central American countries except Belize, and of all of the South American countries except Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. In the United States there are now more than 25 million speakers of Spanish, living mainly in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and New York, but also in many other states. Spanish is also spoken in the Balearic and Canary islands (which are part of Spain), in parts of Morocco, in Western Sahara, and in Equatorial Guinea. A variety of Spanish known as Ladino is spoken in Turkey and Israel by descendants of Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. All told, there are about 375 million speakers of Spanish. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
There are more than four hundred million Spanish speakers worldwide, making Spanish the third largest language after Chinese and English. As the official language of 21 countries, including Spain and many Latin American countries, Spanish gradually becomes a language popular with Chinese people. However, the complicated Latin verb system seems to be a big challenge for Chinese. With over a century of experience in language teaching, Berlitz offers you professional, native-speaking Spanish instructors who have been strictly trained in the Berlitz Method®. Our combination of original foreign textbooks with native pronunciation, the lively, interesting and scenario-based approach to teaching and cultural immersion gives you full exposure to the passion, openness and generosity of the Spanish language, trains you to speak and think as a native Spanish speaker and helps you easily speak lively Spanish!