Spanish may be the best choice of all for a second language. Once dismissed by many native English speakers, the cultural, political and economic relevance of Spanish can no longer be ignored.
It is estimated that more than 437 million people speak Spanish as a native language, being the second on the lists of languages by number of native speakers. Are an estimated 472 million Spanish speakers with native competence and a total 567 million Spanish speakers.
Here are some reasons why you should study Spanish:
Learning Spanish will help to stand out in a competitive job market
If you have proven yourself with the desirable job skills and you speak a popular language such as Spanish, you are much more likely to land in your dream job in your country or abroad. If you wish to work in your home country or abroad, being able to speak Spanish in our globalizing world will help in a world where Spanish is becoming more notorious.
With the rapidly increasing Latino population, being the Hispanic consumers the fastest-growing market segment in the US and booming Latin economies outside the US, employers are desperate for Spanish speakers. There is a multitude of career fields in the US that need Spanish speaking workers, from nurses, to social workers, journalists, teachers, salespeople, translators… being bilingual will help you speak with international clients, negotiate business deals abroad, and collaborate with experts across the globe.
It certainly would not hurt to have Spanish on your résumé.
Learn Spanish will enhance your travel experiences and unlock opportunities for discovery on vacation
Spanish speaking countries have some of the best destinations in the world; from Latin America to the European cities of Spain like San Sebastián, Madrid, Sevilla, Granada…
If you only speak English, you will be forced to confine yourself to popular tourist places where nearly everyone speaks some English, and you don’t want to be in a theme park. You can leave behind the tourist spots and explore pleasing beaches, trails, towns… when you travel to a foreign speaking country, knowing the language will allow you to move from the role of observer to the role of active participant.
Speaking the local language will help you experience some real culture.
Language learning to make lifelong friends
You will be amazed at the response you will get when you talk to people in a Spanish speaking country. When you show someone the effort you have made to speak their language, the response can be overwhelming. You can make friends easily. Learning Spanish may help you get to know your neighbors and make new friends. Conversing in Spanish with those who cannot speak English is a good way to make them feel welcome. And learning a foreign language opens doors to meeting new people that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
Enjoy books and movies in Spanish
Becoming proficient in Spanish would greatly enhance your enjoyment of Spanish movies and literary works without the translation filter.
From the best book of all time El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha by Cervantes to Pablo Neruda’s poems. Hispanic literary contributions are monumental with Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa…
And in movies, we can see Spanish star directors like Pedro Almodóvar or Guillermo Del Toro.