22 reasons to learn Spanish
right now. Part 2.
Here you go with
the next 11 reasons
to start learning Spanish right now:
12. For anyone who wants to live along the Spanish mediterranean coast – and
who wouldn’t? From the Costa de la Luz in the west to the Costa Brava in
the east, learning Spanish is the key. It’s the essential stepping stone into
a wonderful new life in these regions with the best climate in Europe.
13. Spanish enhances travel experiences. It is conceivable to travel to and
all round South America, from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego without a
word of Spanish passing your lips, but it would be like watching a modern
movie in monochrome and with the sound off. The traveller who tries to
communicate, even if it is only in ‘spanglish’ will see more, hear more
and feel more genuine life experiences than the package tourist, whose
idea of Spanish is pidgin English only louder and slower, ever could.
Spanish speakers will open their homes and their hearts to the stranger
that meets them halfway.
14. Ludwig Wittgenstein famously once said “the limits of my language are
the limits of my universe.” There can be no question that learning
Spanish will broaden out your own personal universe. As the Hispanic
population continues to grow and integrate at a rapid pace, the likelihood
that English speakers and Spanish people will marry increases too. Also,
the chances of encountering Spanish speakers as neighbors, friends and
colleagues in work multiply. It is no longer the case that Spanish speakers
in America populate the border states with Mexico and the bigger cities.
Today, the Hispanic population is part of the national community. Think
how good it would feel to say hello and converse with your fellow
15. Spanish culture awaits. If you can only give your precious time to
learning one second language, then Spanish is the one that will take you
into the fascinating world of classic ‘east meets west’ culture and history.
Spanish is a must if you want to keep up with the Hispanic influence on
popular culture. When you can read the newspapers like La Capital
(Argentina), El Independiente (Mexico) or El Pais (Spain) you will find a
sense of how the people of these countries are feeling and thinking. It will
inevitably be an eye opener and different from your normal world view.
Cultural understanding and enlightenment comes with growing
confidence in your second language.
16. Spanish is also the language for great literature. Modern Spanish
writing begins and ends with ‘Don Quixote’, by Miguel De Cervantes
Saavedra and no translation can do it justice. Idiomatic Spanish is the only
way to fully appreciate the genius of this work. The same is true of the
classic ‘The House of the Spirits’ by Isabel Allande, or ‘One Hundred
Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and ‘The Shadow of the
Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. You can only fully appreciate a good book,
or an Hispanic movie when you understand idiomatic Spanish.
17. Spanish is the language of languages. Latin was the source language for
modern Europe but learning Spanish enables you to more easily learn
other modern European languages such as French, German or italian. The
big differences between English and Spanish are the use of gender (every
noun is masculine or feminine), the extensive conjugation of verbs and
wide use of the subjunctive. These differences are similarities when it
comes to other European languages, making them more like extensions of
Spanish. Spain is no more a single country than Britain is. It is a huge
geographical collection of peoples and cultures. To learn Spanish, or
Castillan as the Spaniards themselves call it, is to explore the many
cultures and worlds of the Iberian peninsula; Andalucia, Aragon, Asturias,
Balearic Islands, Basque country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla La
Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Catalunya, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja,
Madrid, Murcia, Navarra, Valencia.
18. There are more than 35 million Spanish speakers in the United States,
and with more than 4 in 10 newborns being Hispanic children, the future
will see an enormous increase in Spanish usage in the nation. This has
triggered a lot of interest among Americans. A group of people not known
for their multiculturalism. Spanish speaking will increase as the Hispanic
population of the country nears 50 million by the year 2015.
19. In Europe too, Spanish is the second most spoken second language,
after English. With some 400 million Spanish speakers. It is the fourth
most important language in the world. Only Mandarin, English and Hindi
have more speakers. Spanish is an official language on four continents
and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. The sheer number of Spanish
communities and their rate of growth makes learning Spanish a modern
20. Goethe was surely exaggerating when he said, “he who knows no foreign
language, knows nothing of his own”. Yet it must be said that studying
Spanish will definitely give you a better understanding of English.
Spanish is a “Romance” language. This mean that its roots lie in Latin, the
language of the ancient Roman Empire. English too is language of Latin
origin, and so when learners gain a wider vocabulary in Spanish they also
expand their English vocabulary. They also come to appreciate the deep
meaning of all those Latin based English words through the study of
grammar in Spanish. It is tantalizingly similar yet also very different to
English. The study of Spanish raises awareness of the grammatical
structure the student’s first language.
21. Spanish will take the glitch out of the ‘matrix’. Have you ever thought
how important it is for road safety, for drivers to understand road signs?
Imagine driving along a highway and seeing the overhead matrix warning
signs and they are trying to tell you something; ‘Con lluvia modere
velocidad’. When in a Spanish speaking country it is vital to read the
language and quickly respond to the messages; ‘Slow down in the rain’.
Only when you understand Spanish can you keep your mind on the road.
22. Speaking Spanish will help you to help others. You will be in a position
where you can create understanding between Spanish speakers without
English and vice versa. There are many deprived and poor areas of South
America that could benefit from skilled overseas volunteers. The sheer
number and geographical spread of native Spanish speakers make it the
must have second language wherever you are.
So there they are, 22 excellent reasons to learn Spanish as a second language.
Happiness is within your reach. You just have to do something about it today.
Push the door wide open and enter a whole new world of friends and
experiences. Immerse yourself in learning because it is the best thing you can do
to realize your full potential. Today is the best time to begin learning, and
Spanish is clearly the best language to start with.