There’s more to the Spanish language than most people think of. To begin with, almost half a billion people in the world speak Spanish, making it the 2nd most spoken language!
Not only that, there are 21 countries across Europe, Central and South America, and Africa that have Spanish as their official language.
If those are not enough to entice you to learn Spanish, here are 5 more reasons why people study Spanish and why you should too!
1) Career Advancement / Professional Development
We now live in a world where borderless businesses are thriving, where companies cross borders and do business from the other side of the world, and create multiracial teams. While it’s good to be speaking English, learning Spanish is a good skill set to have. Furthermore, being a bilingual candidate gives you more advantage and will undoubtedly open more doors like the possibility to travel for work or be assigned in any Spanish-speaking countries.
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2) Personal and Mental Growth
Much like mental math, learning a new language is proven to help your mind stay sharper longer. Being bilingual makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia and alzheimer’s in old age.
The key difference between bilinguals and monolinguals may be more basic: a heightened ability to monitor the environment. “It requires keeping track of changes around you in the same way that we monitor our surroundings when driving.” In a study comparing German-Italian bilinguals with Italian monolinguals on monitoring tasks, researchers found that the bilingual subjects not only performed better, but they also did so with less activity in parts of the brain involved in monitoring, indicating that they were more efficient at it. — NY Times
3) Travel Necessity
Planning an exploration trip to Patagonia in South America? Wanting to experience Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico? How about the Carnival in Spain? While people in a lot of tourist destinations understand English, being able to speak the local language will contribute to a more satisfying travel experience. Just imagine being able to go to an off-the-beaten-path simply because you were able to communicate with the locals. Or just experiencing the local culture better and being able to enjoy the food more! It’s also worth mentioning that locals appreciate it a lot if you speak with them in their own language. It doesn’t matter if you’re not fluent, what matters is that you are trying, which shows consideration and respect.
Join our Spanish for Travelers course to learn Spanish phrases that will help you connect with the locals and have a more enriching travel experience!
4) Building Relationships
Language barrier is a thing in the past and interracial relationships are developing more and more each year. And what better way to connect than making a conscious effort to understand each other’s native language?
Nothing says romance like taking the time to learn how to communicate with a potential partner or significant other in their native tongue. It’s rewarding and fulfilling, and the fact that it’s someone’s main one doesn’t take away all the other benefits that come with learning Spanish as a second language!
5) Because learning Spanish is FUN!
Learning Spanish opens up tons of opportunities to have more fun. Who doesn’t enjoy listening and dancing to Spanish music? And what about the Food? Simply one of the best! The satisfaction of adding a second or third language in your skill set? It’s there waiting for you to grab it!
There are more reasons why learning Spanish can be one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do. But rather than listing it all down for you, come visit our school and we’ll let you experience it instead!
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