Here’s a question a lot of students ask their parents since a foreign language is needed to graduate high school.
Since most students choose to do a Spanish course as their foreign language, this is also a question that a lot of adults ask when they decide they want to learn a foreign language later on in life. 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.
Before we get to Mexico, we need to talk about visiting the home of Spanish.
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.
You can discover beautiful beaches in Spain. (Source: Riccardo Bresciani)
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!
Once upon a time, Spain was really fond of expanding its borders. Over the centuries, the Spanish traveled 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 in to Spanish history. As a result, Spanish-speaking countries 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 Spanish-speaking countries. 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 a particular type of conjugation.
The time might be right to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the ice giants and Atacama desert in Chile, and the Amazon rain forest in Argentina. Let’s not forget famous cities like Buenos Aires or Lima, either. Both Central and South America are bewitching places that are home to cuisine that you just have to try!
If you want to discover these countries, not speaking Spanish is going to make things difficult.
Of course, there are plenty of Spanish-speaking communities outside of these countries, too. Right here in the US as well as in places like France and Australia. No matter where your travels take you, you’ll probably find a native speaker that you can learn Spanish with.
For an English speaker, the Spanish language is one of the easier ones to learn. Let me 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 recognizable than you’d first think.
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 and maybe even consider looking into language courses you can do while you’re there. Practice makes perfect, after all, and immersion is the best practice! 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 get you 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 the 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 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. In fact, there are 20 Spanish-speaking countries in the world and Spanish is spoken by around 400 million native speakers.
After Chinese (Mandarin) and English, Spanish is the 3rd most spoken language in the world. Let’s not forget that it’s second in terms of international trade. As you can see, Spanish could be an important language for you both personally (if you want to travel) and professionally.
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 US. 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.
You can’t forget either that the number of Spanish speakers in the US is increasing drastically. Currently, around 16% of the US population can trace their roots back to Spain in some way, shape, or form. In California, for example, around 40% of the population speaks Spanish.
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.
Want to stand out? Speaking Spanish is a great way to differentiate yourself from the masses. So many people speak English nowadays.
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. 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, you pretty much have to speak Spanish. Plenty of Spanish speakers visit the US and plenty of Americans visit Spanish-speaking countries every year. The US is the most popular holiday destination for Mexican 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.
When we’re asked “Why should I learn Spanish at school?”, our answer is always “Because it’s cool!”.
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 there’s 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 which 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!