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10 Reasons To Learn Spanish

Oct 11, 2007
Having a hard time coming up with a reason to sign up for Spanish 101. I'm not. Here's a few to think about.

1. Planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country.
There is certainly no shortage of exotic and fun places to travel to, where Spanish is a popular language. Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Panama, and Argentina are just a few. Just imagine how much more enjoyable a vacation in any of these countries would be if you could converse with the locals in their native tongue. Possibly even discover some secrets not revealed in the generic travel brochures.

2. Falling in love with someone who speaks Spanish.
They say you can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends . . . and lovers. Maybe that cute Spanish speaking guy or girl you ride next to on the bus every day, would really be impressed, if you were able to use a introductory line with a few Spanish words. Careful with the translations here though. First impressions are important.

3. Career advancement in a job that favors bilingualism.
Perhaps your company has some great opportunities, but only for bilingual speaking employees. Or maybe you just like a transfer to another corporate office, that happens to be in South America for a while. I'm sure speaking Spanish would a great advantage there.

4. For the sake of learning something new.
Not just your body needs exercise, but your mind as well. Plenty of studies these days, reveal how beneficial it is to keep your mind active to prevent the onset of many mind/age related diseases like Alzheimer's. Learn a language is like aerobics for the brain.

5. To broaden your mind from a cultural perspective.
As the world becomes more of a global village, it's important to be aware, tolerant, and compassionate towards other cultures. One of the great ways to understand another culture is to learn it's language. There are few things more culturally rich, than language.

6. Because Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States.
And the fourth most spoken language in the world. Close to 400 million people speak Spanish. Just imagine all the new friends you can make. Not to mention business associates, partners, students, and mentors.

7. You want to study abroad in a predominately Spanish speaking country.
While it's true that immersing yourself in another country is a great way to learn the language, just imagine if you learned a little of the language before you went. Besides, you'll have enough studying to do in your chosen field of endeavour, without the burden of learning the language at the same time.

8. Because you hate reading subtitles on all those great Spanish movies.
Films, music, art. What the heck are they singing about anyway? While Spanish music is arguably the most beautiful in the world, don't you wish you understand the words. Hey, if the music sounds so passionate, just imagine how good the words must be.

9. It's a gateway to learning other languages.
They say once you learn a second language, the third gets easier. And then the fourth, the fifth, etc. Well, for once 'they' are right. Just imagine how impressed your friends will be when you tell them you can speak a half dozen languages. Who knows what doors that could open.

10. It's always fun to learn to curse in another language.
The most important reason of all. Why is it everyone wants to learn the swear words first, when picking up a new language. I guess, so you can tell your friends (enemies?) what you really think of them, while keeping that smile on your face. They'll never know ;)
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