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Students of Spanish as a Second Language Worldwide

Students of Spanish as a Second Language Worldwide

Estudiantes de español como segundo idioma en el mundo

This post is written in English and Spanish · Esta publicación está escrita en inglés y español

Spanish is the second foreign language most in demand in Europe and the first one in the United States of America and has over 20 million students throughout the world. Demand for Spanish is soaring and  it is moving to take the place of French in Europe as a second foreign language after English .

El español es la segunda lengua extranjera con más demanda en Europa y la primera en los Estados Unidos de América y cuenta con más de 20 millones de estudiantes en todo el mundo. La demanda para estudiar español se dispara y está cerca de ocupar el puesto del Francés en Europa como segunda lengua de estudio después del inglés.


This table shows the approximate number of students of Spanish worldwide, sorted by country and by type of formal education (for those countries where data are available):

Esta clasificación muestra el número aproximado de estudiantes de español en el mundo, ordenada por país y por el tipo de educación reglada (de los países en los que se dispone de datos)

 Country Primary school, secondary school and vocational training  Higher Education  Other  Total
País Enseñanza primaria, secundaria y formación profesional Enseñanza superior Otro Total
Total (106 countries)

Total (106 países)

: : : 21.252.789
United States · Estados Unidos 4.058.000 790.756 : 7.820.000
Brazil · Brasil 4.467.698 : : 6.120.000
France· Francia 2.583.598 : 6.119 2.589.717
Italy · Italia 684.345 : 2.807 687.152
Germany · Alemania 543.833 6.108 4.482 554.423
Benin · Benín : : : 412.515
Ivory Coast · Costa de Marfil : : : 341.073
Sweden · Suecia 200.276 4.503 11.854 216.633
Senegal : : : 205.000
Gabon · Gabón : : : 167.410
Spain · España : : : 130.000
Equatorial Guinea · Guinea Ecuatorial : : : 128.895
Portugal 121.691 4.850 : 126.541
Canada · Canadá : : : 92.853
Morocco · Marruecos 70.793 2.692 8.700 82.185
Norway · Noruega 59.058 23.064 : 82.122
Poland · Polonia 59.878 17.600 : 77.478
Cameroon · Camerún : : : 63.560
Japan · Japón : : : 60.000
Netherlands· Holanda 24.200 16.000 15.232 55.432
Austria 37.292 6.082 5.983 49.357
Belgium · Bélgica 13.367 7.484 25.537 46.388
Ireland · Irlanda 41.126 : 2.185 43.311
Bulgaria 17.969 23.705 : 41.674
Denmark · Dinamarca : : : 39.501
New Zealand · Nueva Zelanda 39.337 : : 39.337
Tunisia · Túnez 35.425 1.369 : 36.794
Czech Republic · República Checa 27.259 8.317 : 35.576
the Phillippines · Filipinas 10.100 14.000 9.500 33.600
China 8.874 22.280 : 31.154

Source: Instituto Cervantes  ·   Fuente: Instituto Cervantes

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Spanish language in the USA

Spanish is currently and by far the most widely taught language in US colleges and universities with 53% of the total number of people enrolled, followed by French (14.4%), German (7.1%), Italian (4.5), Japanese (3.7%), and Mandarin Chinese (2.4%). 

A curious fact is that the United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, so it now has more Spanish speakers (around 50 million) than Spain itself (around 47 million).
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El español en los Estados Unidos

El español es actualmente y de lejos el idioma más estudiado en la educación secundaria y superior con un 53% del total de alumnos matriculados, seguido del francés (14,4%), el alemán (7,1%), el italiano (4,5%), el japonés (3,7%) y el chino mandarín (2,4%)

Un dato curioso es que los Estados Unidos es ahora el segundo país en número de hablantes de español después de México, por lo que ahora tiene más hablantes de español (unos 50 millones) que España misma (unos 47 millones).

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Most commonly learned foreign languages in the United States

Idiomas extranjeros más estudiados en los EEUU

Language       Idioma
1 Spanish   Español
2 French   Francés
3 German   Alemán
4 Italian   Italiano
5 Japanese   Japonés
6 Chinese   Chino
7 Latin   Latín
8 Russian   Ruso
9 Arabic   Árabe
10 Ancient Greek   Griego antiguo

Sources: Instituto Cervantes, Forbes


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Resources for teachers and students of Spanish

Recursos para profesores y alumnos de español

The Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry for Education, Social Policies and Sport, are official qualifications proving different levels of competence in the Spanish language.

Los diplomas de español DELE son títulos oficiales que acreditan el grado de competencia y dominio del idioma español. Los otorga el Instituto Cervantes en nombre del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España.

These are the recommended books by Instituto Cervantes:

Estos son los libros recomendados por el Instituto Cervantes:







… And the following are interesting books for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language:

…Y estos son interesantes para profesores de español como lengua extranjera:



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Native American languages Maps and Videos

Native American languages from Alaska to North Carolina – North America

When a language dies, a whole world disappears.

Indigenous languages of the Americas are spoken by indigenous peoples from Alaska and Greenland to the southern tip of South America, encompassing the land masses that constitute the Americas. These indigenous languages consist of dozens of distinct language families, as well as many language isolates and unclassified languages.

More than half of the 300 indigenous languages of North America are now extinct. But a movement by Native peoples to resurrect and preserve these languages is thriving in many places around the continent. In this film, Native people from various tribes and languages discuss the heart wrenching loss of indigenous languages, and the importance of keeping what remains alive. An important film for any interested in linguistics, saving Native American Indian languages, and saving global languages.

For those interested in linguistics, endangered native languages, and Native American issues will find this short film valuable and educational.
Language represented here are: Kainai (Blackfeet), Cuyuse- Walla Walla, Pikuni (Blackfeet), Lakota, Osage, Hidatsa, Yakama, Mandan – Hidatsa, Cayuse-Nez Perce, Couer d’Alene, Elwha Klallam, Mandan, and Wasco, to name just a few.

North America

There are approximately 296 spoken (or formerly spoken) indigenous languages north of Mexico, 269 of which are grouped into 29 families (the remaining 27 languages are either isolates or unclassified). The Na-Dené, Algic, and Uto-Aztecan families are the largest in terms of number of languages. Uto-Aztecan has the most speakers (1.95 million) if the languages in Mexico are considered (mostly due to 1.5 million speakers of Nahuatl); Na-Dene comes in second with approximately 200,000 speakers (nearly 180,000 of these are speakers of Navajo), and Algic in third with about 180,000 speakers (mainly Cree and Ojibwe). Na-Dené and Algic have the widest geographic distributions: Algic currently spans from northeastern Canada across much of the continent down to northeastern Mexico (due to later migrations of the Kickapoo) with two outliers in California (Yurok and Wiyot); Na-Dené spans from Alaska and western Canada throughWashington, Oregon, and California to the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico (with one outlier in the Plains). Several families consist of only 2 or 3 languages. Demonstrating genetic relationships has proved difficult due to the great linguistic diversity present in North America. Two large (super-) family proposals, Penutian and Hokan, look particularly promising. However, even after decades of research, a large number of families remain.

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