When you go to school, you’ll probably be given the option to choose from one of several foreign languages. Though it may seem trivial at first, this could be one of the most important choices you make.
It’s also a choice you don’t get much time to make. Are you thinking of taking Spanish like most people do? It’s a good choice! Spanish is spoken in many places around the world.
According to the Instituto Cervantes, there were around 500 million native speakers of Spanish in the world in 2012.
It also expects the number of Spanish speakers to increase to 7.5% of the global population by Spanish. That would be 535 million people who speak the Spanish language as their first language.
If you’re thinking about choosing Spanish as the foreign language you’re going to learn, here are some reasons to do so.
The earlier you start, the easier learning Spanish will be. In fact, it’s been proved that learning a foreign language can help you find a job. The other great thing is that you only have to study a little bit regularly. Language learning is a lot like working out; you can’t just go to the gym once a month and expect to see any progress. You have to make sure that you do at least a little bit almost every day and you’ll soon start to see some progress.
You’d be surprised how many friends you can make in school. (Source: pixabay.com)
If you start learning Spanish before middle school, it’ll give you a head start against your classmates. You’ll learn vocabulary (words and phrases) as well as Spanish grammar, conjugations (verbs and tenses), speaking, the Spanish alphabet, and translation.
Spanish tutors will give you plenty of time to learn each concept. Tutors can adjust their classes to you, focus on the things that you want or need to learn, and go at your own pace. You don’t need to rush! You have a number of years before you have to go to college. Let’s not forget about college!
Thus, starting to learn Spanish before middle school is a great opportunity to get to grips with the basics. Believe us! Spanish isn’t as easy as it seems. This is why we recommend learning it as early as you can.
Did you know that Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world? Spanish colonization over the centuries led to the language being spoken in a large number of different places. In fact, in its heyday, the Spanish empire was one of the biggest in the world and covered much of the west of what is now the United States, Mexico, the majority of South America, and parts of western Africa and Asia.
Learning to speak professional or everyday Spanish can also help you to find out more about a huge number of Spanish-speaking cultures in Latin America and Africa such as:
There are so many places you can go. Don’t forget that Spanish speakers are the largest linguistic minority population in the USA. 40% of Californians are Spanish speakers and according to one study, the USA will become home to the largest Spanish-speaking population by 2050 with between 102 and 138 million Spanish speakers.
Spanish isn’t the only language spoken in Spain, though. (Source: pixabay.com)
Let’s not forget about Europe where you can find Spanish-speaking communities across the whole continent.
Furthermore, Spanish is third in terms of the most-spoken languages in the world. Chinese is first and English is second. However, with 468 million native speakers and 500 million who speak Spanish on an everyday basis, Spanish is still one of the most popular languages. It’s also one of the top 3 languages for international communication and business alongside the English and French languages.
If you want to discover the world, learning Spanish is a good way to do it. Also, if you already speak English and then learn French, you can speak to most of the people in the world.
A huge amount of English vocabulary has the sames roots as Spanish vocabulary. Of course, these words have changed over time but since half of English vocabulary is either directly from Latin or indirectly (via French), learning Spanish might be easier than languages like Russian or Chinese.
Once you see some of these words, you’ll recognize them without having to think too much. Of course, while usually easier than less similar languages, Spanish is no walk in the park.
Why? Because Spanish (or any other language for that matter) is not easy to learn. While the words may look similar, there are a number of things about Spanish that might trip you up. Let’s not forget the false friends, either.
If irregular verbs cause you problems in English, you’re going to have the same problems when it comes to learning Spanish. At least it won’t be as difficult as some other languages, though. You just have to get the hang of how the language works. You’ll work out how you should be pronouncing words soon enough. In fact, a large number of letters in the alphabet is closely related to how words are pronounced so once you’ve learned the rules, you can basically pronounce any word you can read.
So while certain aspects of Spanish can be difficult, the language is a good choice for a lot of English speakers.
The US does a lot of business with Spanish-speaking countries. Mexico is one of America’s biggest trade partners in terms of both exports and imports.
Knowing Spanish can take you to a lot of fascinating places! (Source: pixabay.com)
If you’re thinking about working in business or tourism, speaking Spanish will also look great on your resume. As we said before, speaking Spanish will be really useful in a lot of different situations. Being a native English speaker is the cherry on top.
If you want to stand out when applying to jobs, it’d be a good idea to start learning Spanish as soon as you can. Start thinking about your future by choosing a language that’s becoming increasingly important and make sure you listen to your Spanish tutor! Mastering grammar, conjugations, vocabulary, and expressions can be harder than it looks.
Spain (as well as a number of Latin American countries, too) went through some dark days under the rule of Franco between 1939 and 1975. This resulted in a many Spaniards leaving their country. In fact, there were a lot of Spaniards that moved to the US during the First World War and during the 1960s under Franco.
If your family originated from Spain, you can learn more about your ancestors’ history. You can also learn more about your family’s culture. Your grandparents will have probably already told you about where they used to live. A Spanish tutor can also tell you more about Spanish history and culture from a different perspective.
You’ll also learn a bit more about European history, too. Your parents mightn’t know that much about the country, either. A tutor can help fill in the gaps and teach you more about this fascinating country and how much it’s changed over the years. From the Roman, Germanic, and Arab invasions to the conquest of the New World: you can learn a lot in your Spanish tutorials.
To fully learn a language, you can’t just study grammar, conjugations, and vocabulary. You also have to learn about its culture and history.
You might even be able to go to Spain and learn Spanish in Madrid or Barcelona! It’s a great way to become bilingual in Spanish.
One last reason to study Spanish: Your friends probably will, too.
If you’re still not decided about studying Spanish, this argument should tip the scales. So many people grow apart from their friends from elementary school. While everyone makes new friends in middle school, why not stay close to your friends from elementary, too?
If you study Spanish as part of an exchange program, you could spend time in beautiful cities like Barcelona and make new friends. (Source: pixabay.com)
If your parents are also hesitant, this argument might convince them. Let’s not forget that if you want to learn a language, you have to have fun! If you can have fun with your friends while learning, you’ll learn even more quickly.
Of course, the best reason to learn Spanish is because you love the language. Whether you want to learn Spanish, French, German, or whatever, go for it! You don’t need any more reasons than that.
That said, we think you’ve got enough reasons to choose Spanish. Whether it’s your first foreign language or your second… Don’t miss your chance to start learning it. This means you’ll have a lot of time to master the language and travel to a Spanish-speaking country and become bilingual.