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The Importance Of Learning Spanish In Today's World

Jul 19, 2008
Learning to speak Spanish can also have very positive impact on your career and success in business. Bilingual English and Spanish speakers are finding that the demand for their skills is increasing in today's business world. The ability to communicate more effectively with co-workers, clients, customers and employees will be enhanced by many of those who have a knowledge of the Spanish language.

Learning to speak Spanish can also have very positive impact on your career and success in business. Bilingual English and Spanish speakers are finding that the demand for their skills is increasing in today's business world. The ability to communicate more effectively with co-workers, clients, customers and employees will be enhanced by many of those who have a knowledge of the Spanish language.

According to recent marketing studies, the Hispanic population is the fastest growing segment of the market in North America, and many companies find themselves scrambling to catch up with the new changing market place. This increases the demand for bilingual English/Spanish speakers enhancing the value of learning to speak Spanish.

This means learning Spanish can be quite a career boosting endeavor. It can mean advancement in your chosen career, or it can open doors to other careers that otherwise might not have been available to you. More frequently, listing that you are bilingual on your resume can help you to get noticed and increase the likelihood of getting an interview. In the US, speaking Spanish will be especially helpful to you if you work in the areas of healthcare, education or building and construction.

Current estimates are that over 40 percent of the US population increase today is in the Hispanic portion of the population resulting in over thirty-five million Spanish speaking US citizens. The benefits of learning to speak Spanish will continue to increase over time as this segment of the population continues to increase. The people who take the time and make the effort to become bilingual in Spanish will have a clear advantage over English only speakers in the near future with the increase in globalization and free-trade between the US and other countries in Central and South America.

It is not only in the United States where Spanish is popular and growing is usage. In Europe, Spanish is the second most studied language as a second tongue, with English being the number one most studied second language. Around the world, Spanish is the native tongue of more than 400 million people and is the third most common native language spoken, ranking behind Mandarin and Hindi. By simply acknowledging the current widespread use of Spanish, combined with the growth rate of the Hispanic culture worldwide, it is easy to see why the Spanish language is a wise choice for a second language.

It is also a certainty that Spanish will help to expand your universe of experiences and people. With the continued growth of the Hispanic population, it will become increasingly likely that you will have more interactions with people from the Hispanic community. For example, you or a relative might marry into a Hispanic family, you might have Spanish speaking families in your neighborhood, have Hispanic employers or employees, or simply have more interactions with Spanish speaking people in the routine course of your day. I know I do.

For example, as my son did, you or a close family member may marry into a Spanish speaking family, or you might have Spanish speaking families in your neighborhood as my wife and I do. Also, if you don't already, you might also find yourself with Spanish speaking employees or employers. Your interactions with the Spanish speaking community are increasing daily, whether you realize it or not. Just look at the signs sprouting up everywhere these days.

If you are interested in having a fuller understanding of the unique and rich heritage of the Hispanic people, learning Spanish is an excellent way to do that. World culture has been greatly enriched by the contributions of artists, writers, architects, musicians and others over the centuries who herald from Hispanic roots. Add to that the wonders of the rich and flavorful food that come to us from Spanish speaking communities, and there is even more reason to embrace the Spanish language and culture.
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George Dodge began studying the Spanish language in 1973 at the University of Arizona and has used many independent study programs as well. Check out his top recommended programs for learning the Spanish language
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