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! There are many benefits of learning Spanish, and it is a language that is spoken in many places around the world.
In fact, current estimates suggest that there are around 440 million native Spanish speakers in the world, with 20 different countries having Spanish as an official language.
The number of Spanish speakers is expected to increase over the next few decades, not just in terms of those who speak it as their mother tongue, but also in terms of those who learn it as a second language.
Given the number of speakers of Spanish that there are in the world, the language holds a global importance. This means that there are plenty of reasons to learn Spanish, and learning it from a young age at school could set you ahead of the rest.
The earlier you start, the easier learning Spanish will be. Your overall proficiency will be better than everyone else’s in your age category as you get older, and you pronunciation and fluency will both improve considerably.
In fact, efficiently mobilising your language skills can boost your career prospects further down the line. But this is a process that should start at school. Even if you don’t have Spanish lessons directly with at school, studying on your own for a small amount of time every week will still put you above the rest when you get to university and beyond.
You’d be surprised how many friends you can make in your Spanish classes at school. (Source: pixabay.com)
The earlier you pick up the Spanish language, the better your advantage will be over your classmates later on at school, or even at university. You’ll have a head start when it comes to vocabulary (words and phrases) as well as Spanish grammar, conjugations (verbs and tenses), speaking, the Spanish alphabet, and even some aspects of translation.
If you decide to take some Spanish courses outside of school, either at a Spanish language school, or with a Spanish teacher, then your tutor should give you plenty of time to learn each new 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 go to university, so you don’t need to worry about that just yet.
By starting earlier in life with your Spanish education, you can get to grips with the basics which will put you in a great position to learn business Spanish, for example, later on in life.
Did you know that Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world? The history of Spanish has made it widespread today, particularly through Spanish colonisation over the centuries which 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.
So where is Spanish spoken? By simply taking your language learning to a conversational level, you could undertake a Spanish immersion experience in countries such as:
There are so many places you can go to learn the language of Miguel de Cervantes. Each one has a slightly different take on the language and culture, meaning that the Spanish speaking world is a place that will constantly offer you something different if you want to move abroad, or if you simply want an immersion experience in the Spanish language.
Spanish is spoken far beyond the borders of Spain. (Source: pixabay.com)
Let’s not forget about Europe where you can find Spanish-speaking communities across the whole continent.
Furthermore, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world in terms of the number of native speakers. Chinese is first, which means that there are actually more native Spanish speakers than there are English native speakers.
Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world today. It is used as an official language in a number of international organisations including the United Nations and the European Union. It’s also one of the top 3 languages for international communication and business alongside the English and French languages.
If you are still wondering why you should learn Spanish, then you only need to look at the proportion of the world that the language will open up for you, not just in terms of travelling, but in terms of job opportunities, to see that it is a language that is definitely worthy of your time and commitment.
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 recognise them without having to think too much.
Therefore, by picking up Spanish at school, you could excel in a subject that could also give you some great skills to use later on in life. After all, who doesn’t want to get the best grades possible whilst at school? Spanish is one of those subjects that could offer you that opportunity.
Of course, while usually easier than less similar languages, Spanish is no walk in the park.
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.
This is another reason to learn Spanish from a young age. By doing so, you will give yourself a better chance to overcome certain difficulties such as irregular verbs, direct object pronouns, and the subjunctive, but to name a few.
A Spanish course at school will either teach you these things, or set you up perfectly to learn them further down the line.
So while certain aspects of Spanish can be difficult, the language is a good choice for a lot of English speakers. And this is especially true of a younger learner where it is widely recognised to be easier to learn a foreign language.
Spanish-speaking countries do business with the whole world. They account for 6 of the world’s top 50 economies, with Mexico being seen as one of the economies that will grow most rapidly in the near future.
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 CV. 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.
Obviously you can start learning Spanish at university. But if you start studying Spanish at school, you will have the upper hand when it comes to applying for graduate jobs as your level of Spanish will be higher than other people competing for the same jobs.
This is especially true if you want to work in a Spanish-speaking country, as your level will need to be a lot nearer to complete fluency, which is not something that you are likely to achieve over the course of just studying at university.
A number of Spanish speaking countries have seen their fair share of dark days over the last 100 years. The Spaniards had to deal with the rule of Franco between 1939 and 1975, the Argentinians had the Dirty War between 1974 and 1983, and the Colombians have only recently signed a peace deal to end their 50 year civil war.
Such events have led to a widespread diaspora of native Spanish speakers across the world. You might even have Spanish or Latin American ancestry in your family, and by learning Spanish you could be reconnecting with the language and culture of your grandparents or great-grandparents.
After all, the path to becoming bilingual isn’t just about studying grammar, verb conjugations, and vocabulary. You also need to learn the cultural context in which these things are set. You cannot learn a language effectively, without simultaneously paying homage to the history and culture of that particular language.
But by studying the history and culture of the Spanish language, you will have a lot better understanding of how it works, which will lead you closer to the end goal of becoming bilingual.
As a young learner, if you take classes with a native Spanish speaker, they can impart their cultural and historical knowledge to you during your Spanish classes. This will be invaluable to you if you want to speak Spanish fluently.
One last reason to study Spanish whilst at school: Your friends probably will, too.
If you’re still not decided about studying Spanish, this argument should tip the scales. Learning Spanish could be what keeps two children united who have been friends since they were very young, but have subsequently gone to different schools. They will both have this common experience which they can relate to, even as other things around them are changing as they make new friends.
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)
What’s more, studying Spanish at school allows you to partake in exchange programmes with schools all around the world (depending on the school that you go to). Not only will taking part in such an experience be great fun and allow you to experience a new country and culture, but you will also be paired with someone who has similar interests to you.
This could be a chance to make a new friend, and someone who might turn out to be a friend for life. At the end of the day, who wouldn’t want a friend in Madrid, Buenos Aires, or Bogotá who you can go and meet and stay with as and when you want?
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.
There are advantages to each Spanish learning method, but one thing that they all have in common is that you will benefit from them more if you start with them from an early age. So don’t hesitate, start learning Spanish at school today!