Pick up a Passport & Project Sheet and keep them both on your desk! On a separate sheet in English, write a complete sentence about something you are interested in learning about the Spanish language this year. It can be anything! Fechas importantes: Duolingo: 31 de agosto (100 XP) Internship: 21 de agosto - Para el 1 de septiembre - ¿Preguntas? Mira y escucha How many people on Earth do you think speak English as their first language? How many people on Earth do you think speak Spanish as their first language? Take a wild guess … You’ll be able to communicate with the estimated 350 MILLION people who speak Spanish as their native language across the 21 countries where Spanish is the official language English is right behind that- between 325 and 350 million people speak English natively Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. More people speak Spanish natively than English! Language1 1. Chinese2 Approx. number of speakers 1,197,000,000 2. Spanish 414,000,000 3. English 335,000,000 4. Hindi 260,000,000 5. Arabic3 237,000,000 Are you looking for a career in business? Healthcare? Education? Government? An article by AOL jobs explains how being bilingual can affect your career “Thirty-one percent of executives speak two languages, according to a poll of 12,562 visitors to the Korn/Ferry International Web site. An additional 20 percent speak three languages, 9 percent speak four languages and 4 percent speak more than four” “Employees who are bilingual in English and Spanish are particularly in demand. Latinos are now the nation's largest minority group, accounting for half of the nation's population growth since April 2001, according the U.S. Census Bureau. This group brings big potential for profits. Hispanic buying power reached nearly $700 billion last year, according to estimates by HispanTelligence, a division of Hispanic Business, Inc. That buying power could reach as much as $1 trillion by 2010.” “The need for bilingual workers is most pronounced in the South and West, where the concentration of non-English speaking residents is highest.” UGA Foreign Language Requirement Georgia State Foreign Language Requirement West Georgia Foreign Language Requirement Speaking two languages can literally make you smarter Today you’ve learned lots of reasons for learning Spanish- but there are definitely more out there! Take the rest of class to use what you’ve learned and start jotting down ideas for your project on the back of your instructions sheet. During the last 5 minutes of class I’ll stamp your trabajo in clase after I look at what you’ve written down.