Aberdeen - that's where you speak English, right? Well, yes and no.
Europe's linguistic diversity is a gift. There are some 100 distinct languages used in our continent, with 40 of them claiming over 1 million speakers.
Aberdeen is no exception to this multilingual trend. In Scotland's 2011 Consensus, it was reported that 9.2% (19,853) of Aberdeen's population aged 3 years and older spoke a language other than English at home. That's nearly one in ten.
And it's not just Gaelic, Doric and other forms of Scots boosting these figures. Most of those who speak English as a second language in Aberdeen will speak a native tongue foreign to the UK. This makes sense, when our university sees students arrive from all corners of Europe and even further afield. During semesters you'll be pushed to spend a day going from one end of the granite city to another without catching the sounds of some exotic dialect or other.
Let's not forget, our (once!) booming oil industry brought in a plethora of skilled international workers to the silver city. Their great influence has shaped it, giving it character, multicultural art, international festivities and flare. In short, to hear only English spoken on ours streets is certainly a thing of the past, and as this millennial can only guess, one that must have been pretty boring!
Though Spanish may not take first prize, it weighed in at number 6 in the top ten most popular foreign languages spoken in Aberdeen (the top spot went to the grammatically complex yet beautiful sounding Polish).
It's a no-brainer - there really has been no better time than this to hop on board the multilingual train of verb conjugations, and start learning some español!