Why should you be learning Spanish?

I have now been learning Spanish for 7 years, I am nowhere near fluent but I can get by. Read on if you would like to find out why you should be learning Spanish too!

  1. It is widely spoken — Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the world. It is the official language of 22 countries and is the 3rd most used language on the internet. It is spoken by more than 500 million people, in fact 50 million of them are from the United States. Think about how many new people you can talk to after learning Spanish!

2. It is one of the easiest languages to learn — Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages to learn due to words being pronounced pretty much how they have been written. Lots of Spanish words are very similar to English ones. The Spanish language contains many anglicisms (words borrowed from the English language) such as el fútbol, el marketing, un líder and un camping. Both languages derive from Latin, as with most of the romance languages. Spanish has Moor Arabic influence on words due to their period living in Southern Spain from 711 to 1492. These include azúcar, mezquita and zanahoria, to mention a few.

3. It can help your career — Global companies look for employees who have skills that make them suitable to work and interact in a global environment.learning Spanish is an asset for employees. Did you know 79% of American employers believe Spanish is the most in-demand additional language? Knowledge of Spanish, gives you access not only to Spain but to other new markets (22 other countries) and allows employees to develop deeper relationships with international clients.

4. Health benefits — learning any language, not just Spanish, is meant to have incredible benefits on your health. Research has found that learning and speaking another language delays the onset of brain related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Being bilingual keeps your brain active, resulting in this delay.

5. Travel — Spanish is spoken all throughout South America. Knowing the language means you no longer have to stick to tourist areas but explore and discover more native, non-tourist areas.

6. Learn more about the Hispanic culture — through learning a language you will have access to spanish books, television and films that, without knowing Spanish, you wouldn’t be able to understand. There have been 11 literature nobel prizes from Spanish authors and Academy Award winning films such as Mar adentro (2004) directed by Alejandro Amenábar — one of my favourites.

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