World Spanish Language Day

Every year on April 23rd, Spanish Language Day celebrates the second most spoken language in the world. It’s also a day to honor the most revered writer in the Spanish language, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra. :nerd_face:

The Spanish language originated in Spain. Currently, there are more than 450 million native Spanish speakers in the world. Only the Chinese language surpasses Spanish as the most spoken language in the world. Spanish is also the third most studied language in the world, behind English and French. About 75 million people in the world speak Spanish as their second language. :venezuela: :uruguay: :argentina: :chile: :colombia: :ecuador: :peru:

Not surprisingly, Mexico is the most Spanish-speaking country in the world.

The United States ranks second for the number of Spanish speakers. About 43 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as a first language. This number continues to grow every year. Spanish is the most studied foreign language in the United States. Up to 70 percent of students from kindergarten through grade 12 learn this widely-spoken language.

Spanish is also one of six official languages of the United Nations. Other official languages of the UN include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Russian.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) founded Spanish Language Day in 2010. Their goal was to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. They also sought to promote equal use of the organization’s six official working languages. They chose April 23rd to commemorate the death of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra who died in 1616. :face_with_monocle:

What are you going to do to celebrate World Spanish Language Day? :grinning:

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Thank you for these interesting facts! :upside_down_face:

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