One language sets you in a corridor for life, Two languages open every door along the way. Frank Smith
Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn for English speakers. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic: Look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell how it is pronounced.
Whether you enjoy talking, reading, or mastering challenges, you’ll find all of them in learning Spanish. Below you will find 5 reason of why you should just jump for it.
1 Learning a second language will open doors
It is only after you have learnt a second language that you really start to understand what this quote is all about.
You will discover doors that you could never see before. What do really I mean? A ‘door’ could represent new opportunities for work, new opportunities for adventure, new opportunities for love, new opportunities for self discovery or new opportunities for growth.
If you want to find out what is possible, start as soon as you can (maybe a summer camp experience in Spain will change your life).
2 You’ll not look at the English language in the same way again (but, in a good way!)
English is a difficult language to learn. You had no idea. But, now you can say you’re relieved you could learn Spanish from English and not the other way around. When you learn a second language, you will start to see things—such as everyday English phrases—with a brand new point of view.
With your new perspective you can look closely at phrases like “I’ll give it a go” and see how bizarre they are. You know what ‘give’ means and you know what ‘go’ means but why do they combine to create an idea like ‘try’ something for the first time?
In English, you have a whole set of verbs called “phrasal verbs”. Foreigners dread them.
Phrase combinations like “put up with” or “put away” or “put on” all mean completely different things. For a non-native English student, understanding the idea of “putting something somewhere” is okay but then it becomes very difficult to remember that “put up with” means to to endure or “put away” means to tidy or clean.
You also have some serious spelling quirks in English, you have words like “dough” and “cough” If you were learning English, you would have some major issues remembering how to pronounce these two words.
Spanish, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. With only a few exceptions (the exceptions follow a simple rule anyway), almost every letter is pronounced exactly how it is writtenin every single word.
3 Opportunities for work
Spanish is a great second language because it is so prevalent in many parts of the world: Spain, Latin America, the United States, Philippines and more. So it’ll open doors whether you want to work, travel or live abroad.
If you’re in a Spanish speaking country, you could work easily as a translator or an English teacher since it is one of the most demanded positions in the spanish spoken countries.
If you are at home you could find work for companies that run joint ventures with Spanish companies. You could find fly-in-fly-out work for companies that run location based projects in areas such as South America.
4 Language learning creates lifelong friendship
Nelson Mandela said once: If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
When you show someone the effort you have made to speak their language, the response can be overwhelming. You can make friends very quickly. And don’t be surprised when you find yourself still speaking with them years later.
5 Find the love of your life (or at least expand the dating pool)
There is no doubt that Spanish is a sexy language and is spoken by 450 million of people. The ratio is quite extend and we’re sure that after improve your spanish in Spain, you’ll want to know others countries such a Latin America.