Spanish Grammar - Spanish 101 - The Present
Below is a step-by-step Introduction to Spanish. These lessons will teach you how to speak in the present about the present. To learn how to speak about events which occurred in the past, go to Lessons on the Preterite. These lessons assume you have NEVER studied Spanish.
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Regardless of your chosen your career, one of the best career choices you can make is to learn a foreign language. Learning Spanish will open the door to another culture and enhance your career opportunities not only in the United States, but also in Mexico Central America, and South America.
Possessing strong Spanish skills will give you an edge when applying for many job openings. Your unique ability will set you apart from other applicants, in fact, other applicants will seem lazy and unmotivated in comparison. Your ability to speak Spanish will clearly demonstrate to a potential employer that you have self-discipline and you can keep focused on a difficult goal until to achieve it.
Studying Spanish will also improve your English language skills. Learning Spanish grammar is an important way to get a better handle on English grammar. Expanding your Spanish vocabulary will require you to think about the roots of words and their meanings. It is impossible to learn Spanish without learning something about Spanish culture along the way. This will increase your capacity to understand the challenges of cross-cultural relations - an extremely valuable skill in international business and politics. As the process of globalization continues, countries become more interconnected and cross-cultural communication grows more important every day.
Knowledge of Spanish will allow you to enter a wide range of fields which someone without Spanish language abilities would not be able to enter. Interested in a career in health care? Spanish is essential to successfully treat Spanish-speaking patients. Intrigued by South American history? You better study Spanish if you want to have access to authentic sources. Curious about Pan-American politics? You should be reading the major news sources from Argentina and Mexico. All in all, studying Spanish strengthens your professional credentials and will make you more competitive in whatever career you select.
I can tell you from personal experience that having strong Spanish skills will open many doors. When I was a young man, I taught myself Spanish by listening to cassette tapes and reading the Spanish bible. I was given the opportunity to work and live in Latin America. Without boring you with the story of my life, I can tell you that I eventually went into the jungles of Latina America and I came out a millionaire.