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This is the website for Sra. Herron's Spanish classes.  Here you will find important documents and references, helpful links, and assignments that you will need to complete.  You will also be able to learn a new word in Spanish everyday.  Just look below.  Enjoy!

Why Study Spanish?

Spanish is the official language, not only of Spain, but also of México, Central America, the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, and most of South America. Spanish, with approximately 320 MILLION speakers, is the fourth most spoken language on the planet and the United States is now officially the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world! Spanish is spoken by approximately 10% of the total population of the United States (nearly 25,000,000 people)!

The ability to read and speak Spanish allows you to communicate in one of the major languages of international business and finance and with the NAFTA agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, Spanish has become even that much more essential in the world of international commerce. It also gives you access to original works, studies, reports and other written materials, as well as television and radio channels which broadcast in Spanish.

Some areas of the U.S. are bilingual: southern Florida; parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Chicago, New York. Aside from the Hispanic countries and Spain, Spanish is spoken in the Phillipines and in parts of Africa. Spanish is also one of the five official languages of the United Nations.

Spanish also helps to better understand English. Both languages are influenced largely by the Latin, so there are several similarities. There are several words borrowed from Spanish, such as macho, rodeo, mosquito, and patio.

Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, and in Canada, it is the first language of over 180,000 people. Of these almost 10% live in British Columbia.  It is a language not only of scholarship and travel but also of commerce and international affairs. Career opportunities exist in business administration, commerce, banking, public relations, translation services, publishing, journalism, the tourist industry, hotel management, as well as in secondary and post- secondary teaching. Outside the Department students can complement their Spanish studies with a number of fields, such as history, political science, business, geography, or anthropology. Since Spanish is spoken in so many countries around the world, highly qualified bilingual graduates are in demand by the international business community, the Foreign Service and by international agencies such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the United Nations.

(taken from: http://departments.bloomu.edu/langcult/motivation/whyspa.html)

 
 
 

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