Who's learning Spanish these days?
For starters, residents of the United States are studying Spanish in record numbers. Spanish, too, is becoming of greater importance in Europe, where it often is the foreign language of choice after English. And it’s no wonder that Spanish is a popular second or third language: with some 400 million speakers, it’s the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world (after English, Chinese and Hindustani), and according to some counts it has more native speakers than English does. It is an official language on four continents and is of historical importance elsewhere.
Learning Spanish will make traveling to any of the 21 countries where Spanish is an official language easier, not to mention the many countries where Spanish is widely spoken. Learn some Spanish; the knowledge will surely go a long way!