Buttons on a keyboard representing the language of several countries surround a key marked 'translate' Around 60% of these carriers explicitly listed Spanish-language customer support numbers on their website, but only 25% listed Spanish-language claims assistance lines. Photo: cybrain/Shutterstock.com

Nearly 493 million people worldwide speak Spanish as their native language, making it the second-most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese. According to a report from Instituto Cervantes, the United States is home to the world's fourth-largest native Spanish-speaking population – with the number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. being 40 times larger than any other country where Spanish is not an official language.

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Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. She can be reached at [email protected].