♦ Spanish is the second de facto language of the U.S. with well over 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States (making it the fifth largest Spanish speaking country in the world), and with over 40% of the population growth being among the Hispanic people, the stage is set for an enormous increase in Spanish usage in the United States.
♦ With approximately 388 million people in 21 countries, Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English.
♦ Spanish is spoken in 21 countries of Latin America, Spain, and some parts of Africa
♦ Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organizations.
♦ Knowing Spanish improves your employment potential; for many jobs, knowing Spanish is now a necessity. Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America. Georgia ranks in the country’s top ten for the largest Hispanic market and buying power.
♦ The US Census Bureau reports that the nation's Hispanic population is expected to jump to 49.3 million from 38.2 million by 2015. The 39 million Hispanics currently living in the USA make up 12.5% of the total population
♦ Between 1990 and 2000, the number of persons in Georgia who spoke Spanish increased by 248.4%. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau).
♦ Latin culture continues to have a global influence on literature, architecture, art, music, cinema, and other facets of pop culture.
- French is spoken in 55 countries — including France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco and many African nations — across five continents by more than 200 million people.
- French is the third most common language on the Internet.
- French develops critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50 percent of the modern English vocabulary — helping you to improve your performance on standardized tests.
- French will make you more competitive in the national and international job market in such disciplines as business, medicine, aviation, law, global/international distribution, transportation technologies and luxury goods.
- French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and many other international agencies and organizations.
- French opens the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
- France is a major world research center in the field of high energy physics.
- France is a world leader in medical research — the AIDS virus was first isolated by French doctors.
- France is the world's third leading manufacturer of electronics equipment, and the European leader in aerospace technology (Aerospatiale, Arianespace, Airbus).
- French is a melodious and romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
(1) German is spoken by 120 million people (or a quarter of all Europeans) as their mother tongue — German is thus the most commonly spoken language in the EU. Of all European citizens, 38% say they can converse in German.
(2) Germany is the world’s largest exporter—It is the major force behind the European Union.
(3) 18% of the world’s books are published in German.
(4) Germany is home to numerous international corporations. And at the same time more than 1,100 companies of German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S.
(5) German is no harder to learn to speak and write than other languages. German is the heritage of Albert Einstein, Eberhard Anheuser, Babe Ruth, Sandra Bullock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo Di Caprio, Walter Percy Chrysler, Joseph Pulitzer, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Kissinger, Clark Gable, and Elvis Presley
(6) German is the most commonly used language on the Internet after English.
(7) German is the second-most commonly used scientific language. 40% of scientists in the U.S.A. recommend the study of German.
(8) German is the language of Goethe, Nietzsche and Kafka. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Freud also spoke German.
(9) Speaking and understanding German will deepen your knowledge of the culture and improve your employment opportunities.
(10) Germany is the fifth largest trading partner of the U.S. after Canada, Japan, Mexico and China.
(11) Learning German provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual and economic life and in its cultural history.
(12) Learning German is fun! Students can achieve a useful level of proficiency in a relatively short amount of time.