Why is it Important for English speakers to learn Spanish for their Job/Profession?

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Why is it Important for English speakers to learn Spanish for their Job/Profession?

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• There are over 47 million Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Of these, slightly over 28 million speak Spanish. This represents a 62 percent increase since 1990. Although slightly over half of the people who speak Spanish at home also speak English very well, there are 12.6 million Spanish speakers who do not speak English well. • 29 million US residents above the age of 5 speak Spanish at home. That’s approximately 1 of every 10 US residents, an enormous consumer and business-to-business market. • The majority of Hispanics who speak Spanish prefer to do business in Spanish. Hispanics who speak both Spanish and English prefer materials in Spanish & English. • Almost 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish. • The large population of Spanish speakers has made it necessary to speak Spanish in many professions. • Overcoming language barriers is key to employee as well as employer effectiveness and success; employees need to ask basic questions, sales representat

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