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Why Study Spanish?

By Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Spanish > Why Should You Learn Spanish?

Why learn Spanish is a question on the lips of a lot of students. After all, the importance of having a foreign language should not be underestimated, and there are a lot of reasons to learn Spanish while at school.

The place that Spanish holds in the world means that this should be a question on the lips of adults looking to learn a second language later on in life too. After all Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language, and second when ranked on the number of native speakers.

So in this article, we’re going to have a look at why learning Spanish and taking Spanish lessons might be the right way to go.

How to Learn Spanish: By Visiting Spain

Before we get to Mexico, we need to talk about visiting the home of Spanish.

There are advantages to all Spanish study methods. However, while you can learn Spanish online, the best language learning takes place when you’re putting your Spanish grammar into action and conjugating Spanish verbs in a genuine conversation.

Don’t get us wrong, Spanish courses are great. However, if you want to learn how to speak Spanish and work towards becoming conversational or fluent in your new language, you should definitely spend as much time as you can in Spain.

Imagine walking on a Spanish beach in the sun. The country has a massive coastline, after all. If you’re not interested in the beach, don’t worry. With Spain, you’re spoiled for choice.

Immersion is one of the best ways to learn a foreign language You can discover beautiful beaches in Spain. (Source: Riccardo Bresciani)

According to the World Bank, Spain received the third highest amount of tourists in 2016, after only France and the U.S.A, and it is very easy to see why.

We’d recommend Barcelona which is a dream destination for millions of people. That said, it’s also worth mentioning Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao, and Malaga. However, there are plenty of more cities you could choose to visit. There are also plenty of Spanish student towns if you’re thinking about studying there.

Spain is famous for its cultural heritage, countryside, and relaxed lifestyle and friendly population. If you love partying, Spain is the country for you! Every day is a free Spanish lesson!

Learn Spanish by Visiting Spanish-speaking Countries

Once upon a time, Spain was really fond of expanding its borders. Over the centuries, the Spanish travelled the world and found themselves establishing colonies in the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean.

This is the main reason there are so many countries around the world that speak Spanish. If you’d like to learn more, we recommend delving into Spanish history.

So where is Spanish spoken? There are 20 Spanish-speaking countries, and they include: Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. If you’re not familiar with these countries, have a quick look on Google. You’ll soon be wanting to pay for your flights.

Put simply, there are so many beautiful places that speak Spanish. In addition to their breathtaking scenery, many of them seem to be tiny versions of paradise for anyone wanting to get away.

You don’t get this kind of experience with your online Spanish classes and nor will you ever really learn to speak conversational Spanish just by studying Spanish vocabulary and verb conjugation.

The time might be right to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the glaciers in the South and the Atacama desert in the North of Chile, and the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador or Colombia. Let’s not forget famous cities like Buenos Aires and Lima, either. Both Central and South America are enchanting places that are home to different and distinct cuisines that you just have to try!

If you want to discover these countries, not speaking Spanish is going to make things difficult. There are loads of benefits of learning Spanish, but one of the best is the wide range of places that you can travel to as a result.

Of course, there are plenty of Spanish-speaking communities outside of these countries, too. In some of the biggest cities around the world you will find Spanish speaking communities. No matter where your travels take you, you’ll probably find a native speaker that you can learn Spanish with.

Reasons to Learn Spanish: It is a Relatively Easy Language to Learn

There are many reasons to learn Spanish, one of which is the relative ease with which a native English speaker can learn it.

Let us explain… Did you know that over half of the English vocabulary is from Latin or French? This means that half of our words share the same roots as most Spanish words. This means that when you learn to speak Spanish, you’ll come across a lot of words that are more recognisable than you’d first think.

Which are the best cities for learning Spanish? Learn Spanish quickly in Spain. (Source: pixabay.com)

There are also plenty of Spanish words that have made their way into the English language. This means Spanish is usually easier to learn than Russian or Chinese, for example. Of course, there’s still a lot of conjugating to do. Spanish seems to have so many tenses. Then there’s all the false friends to confuse you.

Learning a language still requires a lot of work on a regular basis and very few manage this on their own without taking any language lessons, attending Spanish class, or immersing themselves in a country where they speak their second language.

If you want to learn Spanish, we’d recommend going to a Spanish-speaking country.

As we mentioned in the previous sections, its history has made Spanish widespread,  so you won’t be short of options. You could even consider looking into language courses you can do while you’re there. Practice makes perfect, after all, and immersion is the best way to practise! Immerse yourself in the local culture and language of a country.

Forget about using any English phrases and force yourself use the Spanish phrases you know to speak as much Spanish as you can. It might seem really difficult at first but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Even if you don’t speak advanced Spanish, basic Spanish should be enough to help you get by in the first few days.

You should also make sure that you continue to study Spanish while you’re there as once you can speak intermediate Spanish, you may struggle to gain more advanced language skills by just talking to people on the street.

You’ll also probably notice that spoken Spanish often barely resembles the language you’ve seen in some of your other Spanish resources. It might even be useful to work on your Spanish pronunciation before you have your first Spanish conversation.

While you won’t become bilingual overnight, you’ll soon be having everyday conversations with the locals, learning an interesting Spanish verb or two, improving your comprehension, and getting familiar with local expressions.

Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world. The number of Spanish speaking countries, coupled with the large amount of native speakers, means that Spanish is important in a whole range of sectors, including international trade. 

This means that Spanish won’t only help you on your next holiday, learning business Spanish could even enhance your career prospects, either by allowing you to move abroad, or taking on a more advanced role at home.

How long does it take to learn Spanish? Spanish is a great language that will take you to some amazing places. (Source: pixabay.com)

Furthermore, there are so many Spanish-speaking markets working closely with the western world. After China and Canada, Mexico is the USA’s third most popular export partner. Over 80% of Mexico’s exports are to the US, too.

The EU is also close to completing a trade deal with the countries of Mercosur, which they say will lead to the creation of one of the biggest trading areas in the world. This trade deal will add to the one already in place with the Andean community.

As you can see, speaking Spanish could open a whole world to you. Spanish isn’t just for speaking to the Spanish, after all. When it comes to learning a new language, Spanish is one of the most popular.

Learn Spanish to Stand Out

Want to stand out? Speaking Spanish is a great way to differentiate yourself from the masses. So many people speak English nowadays.

Which jobs can you do with Spanish? Being bilingual is great for your career. (Source: startupstockphotos.com)

On the other hand, not speaking Spanish could also be a huge disadvantage as speaking Spanish can set you apart professionally. Recruiters are looking for candidates with interesting résumés. So whether you want to work in a Spanish-speaking country, or develop your career at home, here’s your chance to stand out.

By learning Spanish, you’ll be able to find work more easily and you’ll be able to prosper professionally by applying to jobs where you get to interact with friendly people. Furthermore, you’ll get the chance to travel to amazing destinations.

For one, if you work in tourism, speaking Spanish will be a real asset. With so many native speakers worldwide, Spanish speakers are one of the largest groups who travel internationally. Therefore you will find them in all four corners of the globe, and as a Spanish speaker yourself, you will be invaluable to any company who offers services to this group of tourists.

Therefore, if you don’t speak the language, you run the risk of being ignored by so many employers looking to do international business, or by businesses who deal with Spanish speakers at home.

Learn Spanish Because It’s Cool

When we’re asked “Why should I learn Spanish at school?”, our answer is always “Because it’s cool!”.

Where is Spanish spoken? Spain isn’t the only cool place where they speak Spanish. (Source: André Cook)

It can be tricky at first but with a bit of perseverance, you’ll start to get the hang of it and start making massive strides towards fluency. Spanish is both fun to speak and fun to listen to. It’s a melodic, flowing, and beautiful language. There’s a reason that there are so many popular songs in Spanish at the moment.

Now you know why it’s useful to learn Spanish for your professional and personal life. So what are you waiting for?

If you’re struggling and would like to learn more about Spanish, you can always get a private tutor to help you with a particular grammar point or something you don’t understand. Don’t waste your chance to learn a language that is becoming increasingly important all over the world.

Don’t forget that there’s also no limit to what age you can start learning Spanish. However, it can be easier if you start young. Think about it!

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