Deciding to learn a new language is an exciting goal. There are many good reasons to make learning Spanish the second language you learn first. The simplest reason is about half of the homes in the US have Spanish speakers. That’s a lot of bilingual families!
Learning Spanish is Fun
Whether the language spoken at home is English or Spanish dominant or both interchangeably, bilingual families get the best of both worlds. For those who come from homes that speak only English, there are plenty of opportunities to join the bilingual fun. Online courses abound, and may even be free.
You could also attend classes at local colleges, universities, libraries, or choose Spanish as your second language high school requirement. There are also community groups and job training programs with Spanish language learning as an option. You might be surprised just how many options are available once you start looking.
When you begin learning Spanish, you’ll also begin to notice how many other languages seem to have similar words. Spanish is spoken around the world, with ten major dialects, but oddly enough, the official language of Spain isn’t Spanish, it’s Castilian. Over 400 million people worldwide speak some form of Spanish!
Like English, Spanish has various dialects and colloquialisms, depending on where the speaker is from. Similar to regional dialects in American English, Spanish has accents, slang, and words that are common across the language but have specific meanings depending on where they are spoken and by whom.
Being a Romance language connects it to other branches of the linguistic tree. Romance languages evolved from Latin, and as their speakers spread across the globe, they borrowed from each other or left some words behind. As a result, someone in Spain may have some trouble understanding a Venezuelan.
Free Courses, Infinite Gains
As your Spanish improves, the ability to read, interpret and communicate with Spanish speakers grows. Once you have mastered basic Spanish, translation may become second nature for you, which is a handy skill to have. With time and practice, fluency is gained, and linguistic hurdles are easier to overcome.
When we learn a new language, we increase our hireability, and expand our intellectual horizons. Learning Spanish could be your key to opening doors of opportunity that you didn’t have before. Most countries have a higher count of bilingual speakers than the US, but that is growing year after year.
Words Have Power
We communicate with other people constantly. How we do so can make the difference between a positive or negative interaction. Learning Spanish as a second language offers tremendous opportunities to understand and communicate outside your native tongue. This makes bilingualism an equalizing ability, allowing open dialogue.
When you’ve gained fluency in another language, you begin to see how very similar people are, no matter what they sound or look like. Whether you have plans to travel abroad, or just want to get to know those in your own community, learning Spanish will help you get there.