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Im trying to figure out the number of people, globally, that

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I'm trying to figure out the number of people, globally, that are learning Mandarin and Spanish, as of 2011 and then 4-7 years prior to that. Please provide sources.

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Hello, Thank you for using this service. I wish to introduce myself. I am a Research Librarian with 20+ years of experience.

Quite the challenge with your question as I have working with it for a few days now. While not being able to target the years quite exactly, I was able to locate some numbers for you to use in your research:

As for the study of Spanish, it has been reported by Instituto Cervantes as16 million students worldwide:
http://www.pagef30.com/2010/07/estimated-number-of-students-studying.html

Here is yet another number for 2012 at 200 million:
http://www.gostudyspain.es/Why-Spanish.htm

As for Manderin, the Chinese government has started schools and have over 230, 000 students worldwide:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8776515/The-rise-and-rise-of-Mandarin-but-how-many-will-end-up-speaking-it.html

For 2008, over 40 million students:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/24/business/worldbusiness/24iht-yuan.1.11360433.html?_r=0

For 2007, the guess from government officials have it as 40 million:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2007/08/15/english-for-everyone.html


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