The Spanish Language
About 470 million people all over the world speak Spanish as a native language.
Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese.
Spanish is spoken widely as a native language in Spain, most countries of Central and South America, and over 45 million people in the USA (13% of the population) speak Spanish as their mother tongue.
In the USA, Spanish is the most widely taught language in the country after English.
Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and it is also one of the official languages of the European Union and the Organization of American States.