Why bother learning Spanish? - Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world (spoken by native speakers) after Mandarin, Chinese. Mexico (our neighbor) contains the largest population of Spanish speakers. Spanish is one of 6 official languages used by the United Nations, and it is used as an official language by the E.U. Spanish is the second most studied language in the world, after English. There are over 400 million native speakers and over 500 million speakers worldwide. It is the official language in 21 different countries.