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Welcome to the Spanish Language School in Pafos

bienvenidoWhy learn Spanish with us?

We are native and highly qualified Spanish teachers with over twenty years experience teaching Spanish as a second language in Spain, England, Switzerland and Cyprus.

We use a communicative methodology that enables students to learn Spanish simply, quickly and efficiently in a rich linguistic and cultural environment.

Since we believe that language and culture go together, we try to offer our students as many opportunities to come close to Spanish culture as possible through our club.  We have a cinema club and  a reading club; we also organize  social gatherings and trips to Spain.

Furthermore, we help you find language courses in Spain and can assess you on higher education programmes.Also, if you want to take official exams in the Spanish language, we can prepare you for the D.E.L.E. exams.

Why learn Spanish at all?

The extent of the Spanish language is one that spans virtually every continent on earth. Spanish is spoken by nearly 500 million people, most extensively in North America, Central America, South America, Spain, and to a small extent Africa (i.e., Equatorial Guinea and Morocco) and Asia Pacific (i.e., the Philippines). The interesting thing to notice is that the Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and is spoken in 44 countries, whilst being the second most studied language in the world after English. In Brazil, one of the few countries in South America where Spanish is not the native language, it has been the second official language since August 2005. Spanish is one of the official languages of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).

Spanish has been known to be a language of culture since , at least, the 13th century.  Now, at the time when  global society demands from us to be in permanent contact with the most remote places on the planet, Spanish is proving to be among the three or four languages in which international communication is conducted.

Millions of people all over the world consider that Spanish opens the doors to the future.

  • Spanish is spoken by more than  495 million people as native, second or foreign language. It is the second  language  worldwide as regards the number of native speakers- the first one being Chinese-, and it is also the second language worldwide as regards international communication. In  2030,  7,5% of the world' s population will speak Spanish  ( 535 million people), a percentage that stand out compared to Russian  (2,2%), French  (1,4%) or German (1,2%). By then, only Chinese will have more native speakers than Spanish. This is due to the fact that, while the percentage of the world population that speaks Spanish as their native language is increasing, the percentage of those who have Chinese or English as their mother tongue is decreasing. 
  • About 7000 languages are spoken in the world, but most people communicate in a reduced number of these. Some languages such as Chinese, Spanish, English or Hindi, have a very big native population. Others such as Arab, French or Portuguese,  in spite of not having  such a big number of speakers, do have a significant  international projection. In the case of Spanish, both factors are combined: a very strong demography and a vast international projection. 

World Languages mapLANGUAGE MILLIONS OF SPEAKERS

Chinese 1.213

Spanish over 495 million

English 328

Arab 221

Hindi 182

Bengali 181

Portuguese 178

Russian 144

Japanese 122 

  • If the present tendency continues, in three or four generations, 10% of the world' s population will speak Spanish. In 2050, the United States will be the first Spanish-speaking country in the world. The estimate of the Official Census Office in the US is that the Hispanic population of the US will be 132,8 millions in  2050,  triple of the  present 46,7 millions. This means that  30% of the population, one out of every three US residents, will be Hispanic!. One  obvious and logical consequence of these facts is that Spanish will for sure  open a wide range of employment opportunities. In the United States,  those who work in one of the helping professions including medicine and education find that their  opportunities  expand by knowing Spanish. 
  • Spanish is by far the most popular studied foreign language in US schools and universities.  
  • Spanish is the fifth language of the EU if we consider the number of native speakers.  Besides, Europeans  consider Spanish the fourth most useful language of the EU, after English, French and German.  And it is very interesting to point out that this tendency is maintained throughout the years: since 1998, the percentage of Europeans that consider Spanish the most useful EU language apart from their own has always been 15% or above. In contrast, the perception Europeans have of the usefulness of other languages such as French has decreased over the last decade.  Although in general Spanish is considered the fourth most useful language, in some countries such as France of the UK it is considered the second most useful language after French or English respectively. In the UK, for instance, Spanish has taken the place of German as the second most useful language since 2001. And in Germany, Italy or Austria it is considered the third most useful language after the country' s native language and English.
  • English, French, Spanish and German, in this order, are the most studied languages in the EU.
  • Spain is the EU country that receives more  university students from other European countries. Spain is as an ideal destination for educational purposes with excellent university facilities.  Just think that  17% of European university students that apply for Erasmus scholarships, apply for these scholarships in Spanish universities.
  • 7.9% of the more than 1700 million Internet users worldwide communicates in Spanish. Spanish is the third most used language in the Internet, after  Chinese and English. If we bear in mind that Chinese is a language that is only spoken by its natives, Spanish can be considered the second language most used in the Net after English. Spanish has experienced a 650.9% growth in the period 2000-2009 whereas  English has only experienced a  237% growth.  This is due to the incorporation to the Net of Latin American users.
  • Spanish corporations are investing heavily in the foreign market, for example, Telefonica, SEAT Car Manufacturers, Swissport global cargo and aircraft ground handling (owned by Ferrovial), as well as Inditex (Industrias de Diseño Textil), a large Spanish corporation that runs over 3 000 stores worldwide and owns brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull & Bear, Zara Home, Often, and Stradivarius.

It is interesting to notice that the media have helped to increase the prevalence of Spanish the world over. For example, singers like Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez have, through their music, managed to bring the influence of Spanish and Latin music to the non-Spanish-speaking masses.

So, why not give learning Spanish a chance? Who knows where the road might lead you?