French is a mother tongue to 1.6 million Americans and 6-11 million Americans speak French fluently as a second language. France is also the most visited country in the world with 75 million tourists every year.
Italy has left a powerful mark on Western culture. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Mark Twain once said that God created Italy from designs by Michelangelo.
More than 437 million people speak Spanish as a native language. Spanish is the official or national language in Spain and 19 countries in the Americas. In the U.S., 45 million people speak Spanish as a 1st or 2nd language.
Germany is one of the most influential nations culturally, and one of the world's main economic powers. Known around the world for its high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm.
The 5000-year old Chinese civilization has endured through tumultuous revolutions, anarchy, and golden ages. Through the recent economic boom, China is once again one of the leading nations in the world.