Why do we study a foreign language? We believe that Foreign Language ability is a vital component in the development of an individual. It enables people to communicate with other cultures, increases an awareness of self and others, and helps the learner to find his/her place in the global community. 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. Other reasons such as our bordering neighbors, travel, gaining a better cultural understanding, employment opportunities, and the fact that it’s fun should be motivation for you to enjoy this class and use your new abilities in our very global community.