Today I had an interesting phone conversation. My sister, who supervises the cleaning staff of a hotel in Virginia, needed help speaking to the other staff members. Most of the other employees are from Mexico or other Latin American countries. She needed to pass along some important information and there was nobody to translate. What do you do? Call your Spanish-speaking brother in Peru! After a few moments everything was communicated and hopefully the rooms will be a little cleaner and finished a little quicker than before!
Did you know that that Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people in the world? It is the primary language of 21 countries and is considered by many as the third most influential language in the world. In the United States alone there are 44 million Hispanics with 34 million Hispanics using Spanish in the home.
It sure is beneficial being able to communicate in two languages! My sister would probably never have imagined that someday her little brother would live in Peru, speak Spanish, and help her translate for a group of Mexican co-workers. Plus who would have imagined that she could call Peru free with a local telephone number? The world sure is changing! So the only question I have now is, "¿Puedes hablar Español?"