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This is the "wiki" page for the Spanish classes with Mrs. Outwin at Red Bank Regional High School.

Esta pagina es el "wiki" para las clases de español con la maestra Outwin en la escuela de Red Bank Regional.



So... why learn Spanish?The numbers tell it all....
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Not to mention... in the United States...
The U.S. and the Spanish-Speaking Population
  • According to the US Census, the number of Hispanics in the US grew by 57.9% between 1990 and 2000 – from a total of 22.4 million people to a total of 35.3 million people.
  • This figure means the United States has the fifth largest hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina – just barely behind Spain itself and Argentina). Of this group of over 35 million people, 3 out of 4 say that Spanish is their primary language.
  • Within the US, a total of over 28 million people speak Spanish at some degree of fluency.
  • A few states have a large percentage of these Spanish speakers – California has 5.5 million, Texas has 3.4 million, New York has 1.8 million, and Florida has 1.5 million.
  • In the US, the 28 million people who speak Spanish at home is well over half of the approximately 47 million people who speak a language other than English at home, meaning Spanish is spoken by more people than all other languages combined within the U.S.
  • The 35 million hispanics in the US, as of 2003, was projected to be close to 40 million people.
  • By 2050, the number of hispanics in the US is projected to grow exponentially to over 100 million people, which at that point will be about one quarter of the total U.S. population. That’s over triple the 2000 figure in a 50-year span. As of now, in the United States 13% of the population speak Spanish as their first language.
Spanish in the Media
  • In the New York City area, the newscast on the Spanish-language Noticias 41 and Noticiero Univision, often have higher ratings than news shows on CBS, NBC and ABC.
  • Approximately 5.8% of Internet users speak Spanish, making it the 4th most common language among the Internet community, after English, Japanese, and German.
  • A recent study of 25 metro markets in the U.S. found that Spanish-language programming was the sixth most popular format.

SOURCE:
http://www.uis.edu/clas/continuingeducation/spanish/factsaboutspanish.html
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