Spanish

Welcome to Spanish at the University of the Fraser Valley!

 

Why learn another language? 

  • Around 75% of the world’s population doesn’t speak a word of English and a grasp of a different language improves your abilities to use
    your first language and explore other cultures more successfully.
  • According to research, on average, people who use languages in their jobs earn around 8% more! 
  • Many scientists also believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower. A study of monolingual and bilingual speakers suggests speaking two languages can help slow down the brain’s decline with age. And to quote Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

 Where is Spanish spoken? 

Also known as Castilian, due to its origins in the Castile region of Spain, Spanish is the official language of Spain. It’s also spoken across Central and
South American countries which were former Spanish colonies, and more recently in the USA due to migration from its southern neighbours.

In Africa, Spanish is spoken in Equatorial Guinea and the disputed territory of Western Sahara. In Asia, there are still remnants of the language in the
Philippines

 

What you already know about Spanish 

Because English and Spanish share many words of Latin origin, you will already be able to recognize more than 3,000 Spanish words!

For example, most English words ending in -tion end in -ción, e.g. 

·         atención, publicación, liberación
There are also loan words in English of Spanish origin, including tornado, bonanza or patio. In addition, you’ll find many familiar American place names, dating back to the times of the Conquistadors: Los Ángeles, city of angels, Las Vegas, the dales, Nevada, snowy land, Florida, flowery and, yes, Amarillo, the Spanish for yellow

Why learn Spanish? “To have another language is to possess a second soul” -Charlemagne.

  • Spanish is the second world language as a vehicle of international communication and the third as an international language of
    politics, economics and culture.

  • About 330 million people in the world speak Spanish as their first language.

  • The demand for Spanish courses has doubled world-wide in ten years.

  • Spanish is the official language in 21 countries.

  • Approximately another 100 million people speak Spanish as a second language.

  • Spanish is expected to be the first language of 50% of the population of the United States within 50 years.

  • Spanish is the most popular foreign language to learn in America and Europe.

  • Today Spanish is an official language of the UN and its institutions, the European Union and other international . 

  • The Spanish language is used world-wide on the Internet.

  • Latin American countries are experiencing constant economic growth and because of that, are becoming more important as trading
    partners.