36 Reasons to Learn Spanish
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- There are over 350 million Spanish-speaking people in the world. The USA has the 5th largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. There are over 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States.
- Presently, over 40% of the population growth in the United States is among the Hispanic people!
- To be able to say, "Yo quiero Taco Bell" better than the average dog.
- More than 1000 Hispanics enter the United States each day.
- The average age of an Hispanic in the United States is 24.8 years old. The average age of a Caucasian in the United States is 38.6 years old. A younger populace has more children.
- To be able to enjoy the warmest and richest culture on earth; the Latino culture.
- To be able to communicate effectively with your Spanish-speaking co-workers and employees.
- Important political figures such as President George W. Bush, Ex-Vice President Al Gore, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich all speak Spanish. In fact, Speaker Gingrich takes Spanish with Bilingual America.
- To be able to communicate with your Spanish speaking significant other or to find a significant other.
- To avoid memory related illnesses. Studies show that bilingual people have better memory motor skills as they age and are less prone to diseases such as Alzheimer's.
- To reconnect with your Hispanic roots. It is many times difficult for those who look Hispanic and have a Latino last name to feel comfortable around other Latinos.
- To be able to sell your product or service to one or more of the more than 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States.
- To be able to sell your product or service to one or more of the more than 200 million Spanish speakers in this world.
- To prepare yourself to communicate on your next trip to Latin America, South America, Spain, Miami, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver or virtually anywhere else you go in the Western Hemisphere. (If you're going to Canada to live maybe French might be worth learning!)
- To get a better and higher paying job.
- To be able to help Spanish speakers in your area socially or religiously.
- To improve communications in your work environment. Most Spanish-speaking employees do not really want to be your translator.
- To be able to teach your employees better safety, success and job skills.
- Better understanding of English: Much of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, much of which came to English by way of French. Since Spanish is also a Latin language, you will find as you study Spanish that you have a better understanding of your native vocabulary.
- Knowing your neighbors: Not all that many years ago, the Spanish-speaking population of the United States was confined to the Mexican border states, Florida and New York City.
- To develop your creativity - language stimulates the imagination
- Gain access to Spanish art, music, literature and film.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to view a film in its original language instead of watching it in a dubbed version? Are you tired of being distracted from enjoying a film by the need to read the film's subtitles?
- Communicate with 350 million native Spanish speakers worldwide.
Spanish is spoken by at least an estimated 350 million people around the world and is currently the 4th most commonly spoken language worldwide. Geographically, a large number of countries have Spanish as a dominant language: Spain, the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
- Learn Spanish to enhance your travel experiences.
If you've ever dreamed of visiting far-off, exotic, tropical places, you don't have far to look when you consider the great number of Spanish-speaking countries that fit this description. Wherever you decide to go, be it to Central America, or to Spain, the mother-country of the Spanish language, knowing the language will get you far.
- If the chance to show off your skills and be more competitive on the job market doesn't interest you in studying Spanish, perhaps the extra cash will!
- Learn Spanish to improve your knowledge of your own language.
Spanish is from the Romance language family of languages, its roots coming primarily from Latin, the language spoken by the Romans. As you might know, English, too has many words of Latin origin. Because of this, knowing Spanish helps speakers of English (as well as some other European languages) broaden their vocabulary in their native language. Often times, these same Latin roots are at the base of many sophisticated words in English, so Spanish learners can also become more proficient in English.
- A recognition and understanding of these words of Latin origin is especially helpful in certain professions in science, medicine, law, and many others with specialized vocabulary, as the many centuries of Roman rule left their mark linguistically in these and other modern scientific and professional fields.
- Better appreciate Spanish-speaking cultures.
Apart from opening up access to areas of "high" culture such as art, literature, and history, a knowleged of Spanish can help learners understand and appreciate day-to-day culture in the Spanish-speaking world. The ability to read and understand authentic Spanish -- whether that be in the newspaper, on television, in magazines, in letters from friends or pen pals, or on the street -- truly gives an "insider" view into the language and all of its different shades of meaning.
- Learn Spanish to make lifelong friends.
As most people would probably recognize, the primary purpose of a language is to facilitate communication between people. However, what many people don't realize is that learning a foreign language, although intimidating at times, opens many doors to meeting new and exciting people that wouldn't otherwise be possible. Getting to know somebody by communicating with them in their own language is a great way to really get to know that person on a much deeper level than only through communicating with gestures or body language. Language study, practice, and exposure to the language are vital to effective and successful communication.
- Learning Spanish makes acquiring the next foreign language easier.
It is often said by people who have become bilingual in Spanish or another language: Through hard work, perseverance, and lots of practice, the next language one learns is much easier to master by comparison. Learning a foreign language develops a whole set of mental, social, and cultural skills and this newfound awareness carries over to other languages when learned.
- Because bilingual people are more marketable and have more career choices
- Because learning Spanish is fun! It's a chance to experience new music, food, movies, & much more
- To help you develop better critical thinking skills - being bilingual means seeing the world through more than 1 lense; a skill that can help you in many areas
- To make new friends who don't speak English - imagine all of the friendships you are missing out on!
- To give yourself more job security: why not stack the deck in your favor by having a valuable skill?
- Because Spanish will bring new sensations and maybe even some added happiness into your life - try learning with a friend or loved one!