A Glance At The IV International Congress Of The Spanish Language. (CILE )

June 28th, 2011

On March 29 ended in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the IV International Congress of the Spanish Language (CILE). A meeting which attracted a very positive reaction was reflected in the huge crowds to the talks, discussions and workshops that filled the agenda and which revealed the importance and the challenges that face the future, has the Spanish language within social dynamics, cultural, economic and global society. There were many topics discussed in this call and many people who made their distinctive contribution: writers, musicians, academics and people of different political, and social, some well-known for us all, others less so. I will try to summarize the issues discussed and the views and proposals relevant, at the close of the event and still digesting and implementing many of them open a negligible range of content and projects … One issue that seems to have been reflected in many of the meetings and it is necessary out as widely discussed was the role of Spanish in the field of world trade, was particularly interested in the advantage, not at all exploited, that language means for all Hispanic-speaking countries of America and its possible use as a vehicle for integration and facilitation as a common bond of any trade agreement, both private and national levels. In this conception noteworthy is the implementation of Brazil’s plan to become a bilingual country to incorporate the Spanish as a second official language of the nation.

This idea is not new, because in 2005 President Da Silva signed a decree to that effect and since then has been working on achieving the goal of “reaching” for the year 2012 to about 9 million children and Brazilian youth who will study Spanish as a second language within the educational system of the giant South This, in my view, demonstrates a clear vision of what lies ahead for the short term future and a clear interpretation of verifiable realities today and support me as discussed in the CILE: according to data discussed at the meeting, and there are 14 millions of people who study Spanish as a second language in the world, recalling also that Spanish is the fourth language most used Internet after English, Chinese and Hindi, (needs to be done except that of these only four English and Spanish are languages of communication between different countries, while Chinese and Hindi languages are native); These figures imply an increase of almost 10% worldwide in the last eight years, which in terms of population dynamics is not negligible and less negligible even if one takes into account the signing of several free trade agreements between the U.S.

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