ISLAMABAD – “Considering the rapid increase and spread in number of Spanish speakers all over the world and number of native Spanish speakers, time is not afar when even the United States of America will have a Hispanic President”, said Ambassador of Argentina Rodolfo Martin-Saravia.
He stated this while addressing a big gathering of students and faculty members at Spanish Language Speech Contest which was arranged by the department of Spanish Language at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, today.
Ambassador Rodolfo Martin-Saravia said “Speaking Spanish gives people a competitive advantage in countries that work with Latin America and Spain”. “China is an example of a country that has realized this trend and as a result the demand to learn Spanish has grown significantly in the country. China does a lot of business with Argentina and Brazil in Latin America”, he added.
He said Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers and considering the number of Spanish speakers spreading all over the world, it is no wonder that the demand for the language is increasing as companies try to reach Spanish consumers. Multinational companies use Spanish in commercials and there are many international TV channels that broadcast in Spanish, he added.
He further said that your knowledge and fluency about Spanish language will enable you to communicate with the international community and explore opportunities of trade, business, education and travel. He said the students’ fluency reflects the hard work and dedication of the teachers and credit also goes to NUML that is putting its best for promotion of cultures and languages.
Earlier to this, students of Spanish Department delivered speeches, Songs, Skits and poems in Spanish language and their ease and fluency in Spanish Language was appreciated and admired greatly by the audience. The event was also attended by Ambassador of Cuba Jesus Senen Burgo, Acting Spanish Ambassador Bibian Zamora, Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan, Chilean Ambassador to Pakistan, Head of Spanish Department Mrs Mercedes Checa, officials of different embassies, Deans and Heads of different departments of the university.
The Spanish speech contest was divided into three levels. Mr Zafar Rasheed and Atta-ur-Rauf won the first and the second position in Level-I respectively, Ms Amal Huma and Syeda Wajiha got the first and the second positions in Level-II respectively while Ms Lubna Turab and Ms Yang Ping Ji won the first and the second position in Level-III respectively.
In the end Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan, Argentinean Ambassador Rodolfo Martin-Saravia, Cuban Ambassador Jesus Senen Burgo and Spanish Ambassador Bibian Zamora distributed the prizes among the winners and University shields were presented to the guests.