Dr. Michael A.
Brookshaw
Associate Professor of Spanish
Winston-Salem State University
El mundo
6 billiones de personas
General Language Facts…
 Over 6,800 Tongues
 8 Countries account for more than half of
all languages
 There are 832 language is Papua New
Guinea
 India has 15 official languages
10 Most Common Languages
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Chinese, 1 billion
Spanish, 400 million
English, 322 million
Arabic, 220 million
Bengali, 189 million
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Japanese, 125 million
German, 98 million
Hindi, 182 million
Portuguese, 170
Russian, 170
Buenas tardes
Bienvenidos
Es un gran placer para mi
tener esta oportunidad
hablarles sobre la
importancia de saber una
lengua extanjera: el
espanol
¿Me entienden?
¿Habla Ud.
español?
Why Learn Another
Language?
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Knowing another language brings opportunities
Better knowledge of other peoples & cultures
Read and understand more
Employment advantages
The World is at Your Fingertips
You become a Citizen of the World
Reasons People Learn a
Second Language…
 Personal
 Professional
 Social
 Educational
Why Spanish?
 The historical connection
 4th largest Spanish Speaking population in
U.S.
 2000 mile border with Mexico
 Current demographic reality
 Continental reality of the Hispanic world
The Spanish Speaking World
The Spanish Speaking World
400,000,000 speakers
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Venezuela, 21,000,000
Colombia, 35,000,000
Ecuador, 5,000,000
Perú, 23,000,000
Chile, 14,000,000
Argentina, 34,000,000
Uruguay,3,000,000
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Bolivia, 7,000,000
México, 93,000,000
Guatemala, 10,000,000
El Salvador, 5,000,000
Honduras, 5,000,000
Nicaragua, 4,000,000
The Spanish Speaking World
400,000,000 speakers (2)
 República Dominicana,
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7,000,000
Puerto Rico, 3,000,000
Las Filipinas, 3,000,000
Estados Unidos,
25,000,000
Costa Rica, 3,000,000
 España, 39,000,000
 Guinea Ecuatorial,
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500,000
Cuba, 11,000,000
Uruguay, 3,000,000
Panamá, 2,000,000
Paraguay, 5,000,000
The Spanish You Already
Know
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Mosquito
Chocolate
Banco
Radio
Discoteca
Vitaminas
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presidente
mamá
animal
especial
constitución
ángel
Spanish in the last 10
years…(1)
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Surge in the Spanish population nationally
Spanish is more of a necessity than a choice
Spoken by 35.3 million Hispanics
Not speaking Spanish can be a handicap
There is nothing foreign about Spanish anymore
Spanish dominates all other languages in the
public schools
Spanish in the last 10
years…(2)
 The need in the workplace for Spanish is
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tremendous
The president,himself, gives his radio
address in Spanish
Language and culture of Latin America
have flooded the nation
83% of college students study Spanish
Demographics demand that you learn
Spanish
Spanish Facts… (1)
 The second language of the U.S.
 Hispanics are the largest minority
 The U.S. has the 4th largest Spanish
population in the world.
 Hispanics are becoming politically and
economically powerful.
 The U.S. is being “Hispanized”
Spanish Facts… (2)
 The U.S used to be Mexico until 1848
 The U.S. has a intimate history with all
things Spanish.
 Hispanic language, art, culture have
exploded.
 Our heritage is locked in Spanish
 The U.S. has always had Spanish
influence
Spanish Popular Culture
Explosion
 Singers
 Actors
 Atheletes
 Food
 Art
 Politicians
Spanish Influence and
Hispanics are
everywhere
Just look around you…
What do you see?
 Our states:
 Our rivers
 Our cities
 Our food
 Our language
 Our neighbors
 Our lives
States with Spanish Names
 Montana
 Nevada
 Colorado
 Arizona
 Florida
 California
Cities with Spanish Names
 Los Ángeles
 San Francisco
 Sacramento
 Santa Cruz
 Santa Bárbara
 Santa Fe
 Las Cruces
Boca Ratón
Santa Rosa
San Isidrio
San Bernadino
Vallejo
San Clemente
Las Palmas
A new world is being created
in the United States
 The border with
Mexico is
disappearing
 We are now living in
AMEXICA
The Hispanic Community in
the Piedmont Triad…
 110,000 Hispanics
 Growth rate of 25%
yearly
 Winston-Salem’s
Population is twice as
large as any other
area
 Winston-Salem is the
commercial center for
Hispanic business
 85% speak only
Spanish
 Only Mexico, Spain
and Colombia have
more Spanish
speaking people
 La RAZA is meeting
The HOOD
Benefits of Language Study:
What Research Shows…
 Analyzing skills
improve
 Creativity increases
 Knowledge of English
increases
 Attitudes toward
different peoples and
cultures change
 Higher-order skills
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increase
Job mobility and
promotion increase
Memory is enhanced
Standardized test
scores improve
Reading and writing
skills increase
Why Should African
Americans Be Concerned
About Languages?
 Our heritage is locked in language
 Africa is the origin of 1/3 of all the world’s
languages.
 All of our ancestors spoke foreign
languages
 We owe it to the future
Learning a Language
Will Make a Difference in
How you see the World
and How the World
Sees YOU
We must Become
Citizens of the World,
not just the U.S.A
¿Habla Ud. Español?
Sí, hablo español.
Trabalengua (Tonguetwister)
 Paco Peco chico rico insultaba como un
loco a su tio Federico y este dijo poco a
poco Paco Peco Poco Pico.
The Tongue-Tied American
Congressman Paul Simon,
1980
 “The United States has fallen far behind
other nations in foreign languge skills and
this decline creates certain problems and
challenges.”
 “At every port of entry into the United
States we should erect a sign:
 -WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES WE CANNOT SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE
John Naisbitt (1982)
Megatrends
Thinking Globally…
For Americans, it is self evident that this is the time
to learn another language--and learn it well. The
size, proximity, and economic promises of Latin
America make Spanish an attractive choice…. To be
really successful, you will have to be trilingual:
fluent in English, Spanish, and computer.
--p.78
“A Man Who Does Not
Know A Foreign
Language Does Not
Know His Own”
---Goethe
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