The current visit by the King and Queen of Spain to Puerto Rico for the seventh Congress of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language has gotten some media attention, focusing mainly on the importance of the Spanish language in the United States, which is now the country that has the fifth largest Spanish speaking population on Earth. Its Spanish-language channels broadcast to the entire planet, and cities like Los Angeles and Miami have become Latin American enough to be considered two of the main global hubs of Spanish-language cultural output.
Optimism was expressed at the Congress about the future of Spanish in the US, with the internet being seen as a greater challenge than the hegemony and daily influence of English. According to the Associated Press, the King of Spain said:
“Spanish has stopped being a marginalized language of immigrants and has integrated itself as a social language…
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