Cuban linguist Humberto Lopez Morales said: “The projections couldn’t make us happier.” The head of the association of Spanish language academies received a special prize for his book on the evolution of the Spanish language throughout the world. Lopez, a member of Puerto Rico’s language academy, said that thanks to the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States, which he said currently stands at 13 million, the language of Don Quixote will also increase proportionally worldwide.