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10 Reasons to Study Spanish

June 2, 2017
Languages

Want to learn a language but having a hard time figuring out which one? If you are considering Spanish, here are some facts that will help you take the leap.

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1. Spanish is a global language

It is the fourth most spoken language in the world. You will easily be able to get around in South and Central America, Spain, several Caribbean countries, and understand even a bit of Portuguese with your Spanish skills.

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2. More opportunities for work

Who doesn't want that? Or a pay raise, even. Especially if you are living in North America, you will find a lot of positions nowadays require or prefer a person that is bilingual in Spanish. It is widely spoken in the US and is incredibly useful and beneficial on your resume! Who doesn't want a raise? 

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If you didn't know Spanish, you might not be able to talk to these dapper young men. How cute! 

3. Plenty of resources

Spanish is a popular language to learn. There are plenty of reading and listening materials for you to use in your studies. Languages like...Ukrainian, for example, while they may have a lot of native speakers there aren't a lot of resources to learn the language. Spanish does not have this problem whatsoever.

4. Get a head start on other languages

Spanish is in the famous group of romance languages. Learning one of these will help you transition easier to the others! Once you learn Spanish, learning French, Portuguese, Italian, or Catalan will be much simpler. You will find a lot of similarities and common words with these languages, especially with Italian and Portuguese.

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5. Make new friends

There are about 400 million native Spanish speakers. Learning their language opens you up into making new friends you may not be able to talk to if you hadn't picked up the language.

6. Vulgarity

Ahhh, we all need more swear words, right? Or things we can say in (somewhat) mixed company without making someone's grandmother cry? Learn some Spanish swear words and insults to mutter under your breath when you just can't hold it in any longer.

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7. Understand those lyrics in that one song you love

Love Shakira? Or maybe that new song Despacito with Justin Bieber? (Ok, that song is way better in the original version. Sorry Beebs!) This is a fun benefit to learning Spanish! 

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8. Gain insight to South & Central American culture, & Spanish culture

The best way to learn about a culture is to read about it in their own language. They are experts at describing their lives, surroundings, and cultures. Why not read it in THEIR words? 

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9. Grow your brain

Who doesn't want to be smarter?! Learning new languages develops new pathways in your brain and develops your brain even further. Your brain CHANGES when you learn a new language! 

10. Learn about your own culture and language

Taking a foreign language course is also like taking a course in the grammar of your own language. I didn't know anything about English grammar, structure, or case until I began studying German. Language learning gives you insights on yourself and the world you live in. How cool?!

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Bonus: 11. Enhance your travel experiences

I've said it before and I will say it again; learning the local language will enhance your travel experience. You will be able to meet so many new people and form bonds you would otherwise be unable to. You won't just be a spectator but someone involved.You can bask in the richness of the culture, landscape, and language. What a dream! 

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You waited so patiently for your free Spanish phrase sheet. Click here to download it

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Ok so I randomly found this picture while looking at pictures from Peru and fell in love so here you go. Omg he makes me laugh

Interested in foreign language learning? Here are some posts you might enjoy: 

Why I Study 4 Languages and You Should Too

Foreign Language Learning Tips

Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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