Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world ;
Geographically, Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries: 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. The demand to learn Spanish has doubled in the last 10 years. Knowing Spanish opens the door for you to communicate with 1/3 of a billion speakers worldwide!
Know a second language? Great, you’re hired! If you have proven yourself to be a capable employee with just the right job skills AND you speak a foreign language such as Spanish, you are much more likely to land that job of your dreams than if you are monolingual. In fact, many jobs today require a minimum of basic proficiency in another language.
Internationally, people who speak Spanish have opportunities to work in trade or business fields. Other options include diplomacy, interpretation, and security applications, which all require a sensitivity and proficiency of another language. And did you know that bilingual employees often receive a larger salary than their non-Spanish speaking counterparts?
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!
Therefore, learning Spanish in an early stage gives you advantage of mastering the language and go further with your education and career. Also, learning a second or third language is an investment in yourself. There is no better way to grow your skills and capabilities than by investing energy in a talent that will enable you to communicate earnestly with more human beings.
Spanish is what we call a “Romance” language, meaning that it is based on Latin, the language of the ancient Roman Empire. Many English words are also of Latin origin, and so when you learn vocabulary in Spanish you will simultaneously be expanding your English vocabulary. You will also find that your understanding of the deep meaning of these Latin based English words is greatly enhanced. Also, as you study the grammar of Spanish, you will notice how it is similar to English, as well as how it is different. This will raise your awareness of the grammar of your native language. Because Spanish is very nearly phonetically perfect, you can look at almost any word and immediately know exactly how to pronounce it. This characteristic makes Spanish one of the easiest languages to learn. And, when it comes to learning a third language, such as French or Italian, already knowing Spanish will be a huge advantage because these languages, too, are Romance Languages.
In a world that gets smaller everyday because of frequent travels of people, Spanish is one language that is understood in many parts of the globe. It is almost guaranteed that you will never get lost in South and Central America, including Mexico and Puerto Rico in the north. Hispanic people are amazingly generous, and if you speak Spanish you will find yourself being welcomed in a way that would never happen if you spoke only English. Simply put, when you travel to a Spanish speaking country, knowing the language will allow you to move from the role of observer to that of an active participant.
And finally, whether you enjoy talking, reading, or mastering challenges, you’ll find all of them in learning Spanish. There’s something about being able to successfully speak another language that makes life more interesting. Maybe that’s why children often speak Pig Latin or create secret codes of their own. Learning a language can be work, well, a lot of hard work, but the efforts pay off quickly when you finally get to use your new skills!.