In today’s world, almost 470 million people speak Spanish, that is, 6.7% of the world’s population are native Spanish speakers (according to data from the Instituto Cervantes in 2015). This number is expected to rise, and by 2030, 7.5% of the world’s population will be Spanish-speaking (535 million people). Thus, Spanish comes before Russian (2.2%), French (1.1%) and German (1.1%). Within three or four generations, 10% of the world’s population will be able to communicate in Spanish. By 2050, the United States will be the number one Spanish speaking country in the world.