Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. It is the official language on four continents and the native tongue in 21 countries. With this widespread usage it is a very popular choice for study.
In North America, Hispanic consumers are the fastest growing market segment. It is increasingly important in commerce to have dual (or multiple) language abilities because direct communication with consumers enhances any business. In the United States knowing Spanish can be particularly helpful in the fields of healthcare and education.