As world trade deals blossom and intercontinental shipping increases, a demand for the Spanish language to be understood will inevitably flourish. Learning Spanish is steadily going to show its importance in the global economic market.
Decades ago, most schools in Britain taught German and French as standard. However, these essential language classes were controversially removed from the “compulsory” lists within the GSCE curriculum. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of pupils opting to learn a language anyway – and by far and away the language at the top of British schoolkids’ choice list is Spanish.
The country has also seen a swathe of mature students attend classes in Spanish; perhaps with a view to becoming an expat in Spain. The Iberian Peninsula has the largest diaspora of Brits than any other region in the world.
In the United States, thousands of job vacancies are asking for bilingual (Spanish and English) candidates. These posts are particularly prevalent in the medical and hospitality industries.
“Spanish speakers are competitive candidates”, as several job ads tell us within the footnotes. Multinational corporations and businesses involved with overseas markets are always looking to employ English-Spanish bilinguals. Most roles do not demand business Spanish either. This extra study could form part of an on-the-job training schedule, for the right candidate, of course.
The logistics industry is another industry sector where learning Spanish can be a real asset. Particularly where exports and imports come in from South and Central American continents. One trucker traveling from Salt Lake City to Buenos Aires on the Pan-American Highway reckoned he needed his Spanish knowledge on as many as 20 border crossings across the Central and South American continent.
The demand for learning Spanish is increasing at such a rate that establishments and businesses are struggling to fill posts locally. Teachers in some of the big cities in Texas are being sourced in from overseas as there are not enough bilingual academics living in the big city to fill these positions.
The future expects to see the Spanish language become a key part on the world economic platform. As many of the economically struggling nations of Central and South America haul out of recession and dictatorships, and embark on a more prosperous future, the language will become more dominant and widely spoken. This is especially so in the world of business, trade, and commerce. Moreover, the world is becoming connected online now, making Spanish a language of choice to start learning.
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