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Today, Spanish is an official language of Spain, most Latin American countries, and Equatorial Guinea. In all, 21 nations speak it as their primary language and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Obviously Spanish is an important part of our U.S. culture and heritage. With our close proximity to Mexico, it is important that we have a working knowledge of the language.
There are many ways to learn the Spanish language at South Mountain Community College. Whether it’s a short course in Speedy Spanish or traditional courses in Elementary Spanish and Spanish Conversation—or even specialized courses like Medical Spanish—we have the class that’s right for you.
Listing of Courses
SPA085AA Speedy Spanish I
SPA085AB Speedy Spanish II
SPA085AC Speedy Spanish III
SPA101 Elementary Spanish I
SPA102 Elementary Spanish II
SPA115 Beginning Spanish Conversation I
SPA116 Beginning Spanish Conversation II
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPA265 Advanced Spanish I
SPA266 Advanced Spanish II
- Spanish and English are in a virtual dead heat to be the second most spoken language in the world. As of 1999, Spanish had 332 million speakers, while English had 322 million. They were far behind Chinese, with 885 million. (If people who speak English as a second language were included, however, English would come out on top.)
- Spanish, along with French, is the official language of Equatorial Guinea, making it the only country in Africa with an official Spanish presence, although Spanish also is spoken some in Morocco. The country's official name is República de Guinea Ecuatoria.
- As of 1998, the United States has the fifth largest Hispanic population, about 30 million people. Of them, two-thirds trace their roots to Mexico, and 86 percent say Spanish is their first language.
- About 5.8 percent of the people who use the Internet speak Spanish, making it the No. 4 language in the Internet community, following:
- English (51.3 percent)
- Japanese (8.1 percent)
- German (5.9 percent)
- Chinese (5.4 percent)
- French (3.9 percent)
(Sources: Ethnologue, CIA, American Demographics, Global Reach)