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Why Study Spanish?

A Tour of Spanish Speaking Countries, and Reasons Why People Should Study Spanish.
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Santana Gracie

on 10 October 2012

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By Gracie Granstrom and Santana Johnson Why Study Spanish? There are many compelling reasons why we think people should learn to speak Spanish. Here are our top three reasons . . . Two: Most colleges like seeing 3 full years of a single language on your high school transcript! One: Learning to speak Spanish
provides comfort while traveling
to Spanish speaking countries And with the map,
we can travel to places
like... A R G E N T I N A The Inside of The Teatro Colón Three: Being bilingual increases your chances of being hired. Argentina, officially known as The Argentine Republic, is the eighth largest country in the world and the largest Spanish speaking country in the world. The Outside of The Teatro Colón The Teatro Colón, located in Buenos Aires, is one of the greatest opera houses in the world. The original theater opened in 1857 and then was replaced 50 years later. It reopened on May 25, 1908 V E N E Z U E L A Venezuela has a population of 29 million, and its capital, Caracas, has a population of 4.1 million. The most popular sport in the country is Baseball and it's also the home of the highest waterfall in the world, called Angel Falls. Caracas Venezuela is the hometown of Símon Bolívar. Now, the birthplace of Símon is a museum open to the public. B O L I V I A Bolivia declared their independence August 6, 1825. Soybeans are one of the main exports from Bolivia, and the largest salt deposit is there as well. The Biocentro Guembe is a natural paradise in Bolivia. It's very popular for the butterfly dome which is the largest butterfly sanctuary in the world. Ecuador is made up of 24 provinces each with a capital. The capital of the country is Quito with a population of 2.7 million, but the biggest city is Guayaquil with a population of about 3.7 million. Chimborazo is an inactive volcano in the Andes Mountains. It's the highest point in Ecuador, but not the highest point of the Andes. Because of the position of the volcano near the equator, it's known as the closest point on Earth to the sun. P A R A G U A Y U R U G U A Y Before the Spanish visited Paraguay in the 16th century, it was inhabited by the native Guarani tribes. Now, the official languages of Paraguay are Guarani and Spanish. Paraguay is the world's
largest exporter of
hydroelectric power. Uruguay has a population of about 3.5 million people and almost half of the population lives in the capital Montevideo. Uruguay declared their independence from Brazil on August 25, 1825. P A N A M A Panama's official name is Republic of Panama and the population is 3,410,676. The Panama Railroad is the most expensive railroad to ever be built, costing 8 million dollars. More than 12,000 people died in the making of the railroad. The Golden Frog, a rare and critically endangered toad, is only found in Panama. The Golden Frog is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. They're also something of a national symbol. Legend says that after the Golden Frog dies, its body turns to gold. N I C A R A G U A M A N A G U A Nicaragua is the biggest country in Central America but its also the poorest. The population is about 5,666,301 and for the past few decades they have suffered dictatorship and two civil wars. In Nicaragua, Lake Managua is well known for their bull sharks. Its the only freshwater lake that contains sharks. However, they're
rarely found now due to the
pollution in Lake Managua. G U T A E M A L A G U A T E M A L A C I T Y Guatemala's capital, The City of Guatemala, is the biggest city in the country (in terms of population). Guatemala thought of Belize as part of their territory until 1991. A resolution between the two countries has still not been achieved. On September 13th, 2012 Guatemala's most active volcano erupted. The Volcano of Fire is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Before the explosion, more than 33,000 people were evacuated. Hurricane Stan was a 2005 hurricane that hit many Central America countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Southern part of Mexico. In just Guatemala there were 1,500 confirmed deaths and over 3,000 missing people. On February 4th, 1976 a 7.5 earthquake hit Guatemala. More than 23,000 people died and many more injured. It was the most destructive earthquake since 1917. H O N D U R A S T E G U C I G A L P A Honduras National Flower National Tree National Mammal National Bird National Flag Honduras is the 2nd largest country in Central America and has a population of 7.5 million. One of the most important and frequently used ingredients in Honduras is coconut. The Football War (Soccer War, 100 Hour War) The Football War was a 4 day war between El Salvador and Honduras. The two countries had many conflicts, mainly immigrants from El Salvador entering Honduras, and after Honduras defeated El Salvador in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, El Salvador launched an attack on Honduras. 11 years later, in 1980, the two countries signed a peace treaty. El Fin! Rhyncholaelia digbyana Diversity Sky and Sea Blood
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