Why Should I Learn Spanish?
Believe it or not. Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn especially if you are a native English speaker.
If you really want to learn Spanish, it all comes down to your motivation behind it. Where do you find your motivation? Motivation basically comes down to one thing your “why?” or, in other words, your purpose for learning Spanish.
This is a question that you may have asked yourself at one point or another.
Spanish is one of the most popular languages to study in the world (next to French and English).
Sure, you may live in an English speaking country and have no need to learn it because no one around you speaks Spanish. However, have you ever considered how you could improve your life by studying Spanish?
If you don’t know the answer to this question, read over the 45 Reasons Why Learning Spanish Could Improve Your Life to find your answer.
1. Being Bilingual Will Get You Hired
Spanish is a language that is spoken among 477 million native speakers from Central to South America. Of 477 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most common language in the US alone. By knowing Spanish, you will have a competitive edge that will make you more unique in a competitive job market.
Additionally, this is one of the main reasons why people choose to learn Spanish to give themselves a competitive edge over their competition.
2. A Better Suited For The Job
Whether you work in customer service, teaching, or the medical field knowing Spanish can make you better suited for the job.
For example, depending on your career field, you will have more access to customers and/or patients who are Spanish speakers. By knowing the language, you will have a better way of communicating with them.
When you know Spanish, you have a better way to help your customers and/or patients with their needs sooner rather than relying on someone else to be your translator when you can do it yourself.
3. Earn More Easily
When you know a second language, you have the ability to earn more money. According to a study conducted by The Economist, a person can earn anywhere from $50,000 to $125,000 extra just by knowing a foreign language alone.
4. Travel for Work
Have you ever considered to travel for work? Well, when you know a second language, you can do just that: travel. You can also live as an expat in a Spanish speaking country like Mexico, Panama, or Spain.
Even today, a lot of business is conducted in-person or face-to-face. If you are a proficient Spanish speaker, you will have new doors open for you and the opportunity to gain access to a lot of new career opportunities that are provided abroad.
5. Volunteer to Help Those in Need
In particular regions of Central and South America, millions of people continue to live in poverty. As a means of support, there are many organizations that organize volunteer or mission trips to help those in need. When you volunteer your time, you have the opportunity to help build a home or support children in a village for a day.
Although translators typically run short on these types of trips, you can get the most out of your time by speaking the language. It can be a very fulfilling trip helping those in need and being able to speak their language.
6. Study Abroad
One of the fastest ways to learn Spanish is by studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country, and enroll in an immersive Spanish speaking school. It can be very enriching studying abroad to a Spanish speaking country to learn the language of that country and to have the ability to use it in a real-life situation. Additionally, don’t forget to go on an adventure and discover something new as you study abroad; it will be an unforgettable life-changing experience.
7. Start a business
My Spanish journey began when I was in middle school. I would play with the Latino kids in my neighborhood and they would listen to stories and say things to me in Spanish that I did not understand.
I played games with them, but I really lacked the language.
When I enrolled at a local high school, I knew that it was important for me to learn the language. Without a doubt, I enrolled in a Spanish course all four years of my time in high school. I also took AP Spanish which was almost similar to traveling abroad, without the adventure, to a foreign country because the class was in Spanish from beginning to end.
Additionally, I took a year of Spanish in college and I just tried to practice my Spanish as much as I could.
My goal was to immerse myself in the Spanish language as much as possible. I attended church in Spanish, I watched Spanish novelas, and I went to restaurants and I placed my order in Spanish. Also, I spoke to my Latino neighbors in Spanish. I attended salsa events and I asked women to dance with me in Spanish. Any and everything that I could do with Spanish I tried it and I did it. Even in my relationships, I spoke to my significant other in Spanish.
I speak Spanish so much and so often that people who pass by me in public have to take a second look at me to see where I am from. Speaking in Spanish is a passion of mine and I will show you how. Take my Spanish quiz and see how much Spanish you know.
8. Become a Court Interpreter
As a translator, a court interpreter is the most highest paying job around for someone who speaks Spanish. According to Chron.com, a fluent Spanish speaker can make anywhere from $65,000 to $84,000 annually.
The requirements in order to become a court interpreter are very simple. The requirements involve studying a list of vocabulary words related to the court system. The exam itself involves translating a conversation in English to Spanish and vice versa. A word of advice is to be well-prepared when you decide to take the exam because you are not given a second chance to take the exam within the same year.
9. Serve and Protect as a Law Enforcement Professional
Communication is key when it comes to serving and protecting those who live within the community. Otherwise, it can become a matter between life or death if you do not know how to communicate effectively. Knowing Spanish has proven to be essential to communicate with those living in a community with a large Latino population.
Since the U.S.-Mexico border is approximately 2,000 miles long, various positions that are available with the FBI and the border patrol will require employees to know Spanish too.
10. Support Families in Need of Assistance
Work with families and support their needs as a child and family social worker. Protect children who are vulnerable and susceptible to violence and live in unhealthy living conditions. Learn how to solve and cope with problems that people are having in their everyday lives.
In order to support the needs of Latino families, you can better support their needs by being able to speak Spanish. Communities that have a large Latino population often recruit social workers who have the ability to speak Spanish.
11. Personal Bank Teller
A bank teller is someone who manages a customer’s money. In general, a bank teller is not required to know Spanish; however, it would be suitable to know Spanish in communities that have a very large Latino population. As a means to support the needs of the customer, it would be beneficial to them if you can go over private information with them in a language that they could better understand.
Whether you are into blogging, content writing, copywriting, or journalism, there is a large Latino population with readers who have a need for material written in Spanish.
Having the ability to share material in English and Spanish will double your market of potential readers. Potential employers are looking for writers who have the ability to produce written content in both languages. As a note, some writing jobs may require you to have good interviewing skills and it would behoove you to communicate with them in their primary language.
8. Learn a Language, Learn a Culture
If you live in a big city like Los Angeles, New York, or Miami then you have more exposure to the Spanish language than you think.
Once you have had the ability to learn the language, you will turn a keen ear to every Spanish conversation that you hear as a means for comprehension and practice. You’ll recognize snippets of Spanish songs that you hear on the street to excerpts from conversations heard on the street. Also, when you see billboards and advertisements written in Spanish, you will begin to decode them to see what they say.
These are just a few examples of things that you can do with Spanish. By doing some of these things, you will gain a better appreciation of the culture and the people who speak the language.
9. Laugh Until Your Stomach Hurts
Latinos love to share jokes and joke around. Some of the most famous comedies include El Chavo del Ocho, El Chapulín Colorado, La Familia P. Luche, La que se avecina, Allí Abajo, Los héroes del Norte, and 7 Vidas. When you take the time to learn Spanish, you will finally learn what the joke is about.
10. Understand the Lyrics to Some of Your Favorite Songs
When you hear the beat to your favorite song, it makes you want to move your feet or even dance to the rhythm. However, have you ever wondered what the lyrics were saying? No need to wonder they are saying any longer. When you learn Spanish, you will be able to translate the lyrics to this song and so many others.
Latin music has a danceable rhythm that is very catchy and it makes you want to move. Genres of Latin Music include Latin Pop, Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and Merengue.
The music that we hear is driven by emotion. Listening to it as you are learning Spanish can be a very engaging way to help you learn Spanish.
11. Enjoy Spanish Movies and TV Shows
There are tons of award-winning movies and drama-filled Spanish soap operas that can be found on Netflix and regular television.
You can try to read the Spanish subtitles for the movies that you want to watch. Furthermore, The Ultimate Guide to Learn Spanish with Netflix will help you find an interactive guide that you can use as you watch movies on Netflix.
However, who wants to read subtitles all day? I know I wouldn’t. That’s why it would behoove you to learn how to Spanish to avoid reading the subtitles and to begin enjoying the Spanish language.
12. Life is a carnival!
From Havana to Guatemala, Salsa music is a style of music shared throughout Central and South America. Latinos really know how to party. Parties usually will not end until early in the morning
If you are not a fan of dancing to salsa music all night long, you will enjoy the abundant amount of positive energy and the ability to live your life to the fullest without a care in the world. That is what you will get at a Salsa party.
13. Get A Cultural Experience Unlike Any Other
Unlike American culture, Spanish culture is very affectionate. Whether it involves greeting someone you meet with a cheek-to-cheek kiss, touching, and/or eye contact you know that you are welcomed when you are amongst a familiar group of people. These are just some brief examples of Latino traditions.
By learning Spanish, you will open the doors to some new customs and traditions that are unlike your own.
14. Interested in Speaking Spanish to Half a Billion People?
Do you know how many people in the world speak Spanish? According to the stats, there are about 477 million native Spanish speakers in the world. Also, Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the world over English (Chinese is the first). If you include the number of people who have learned Spanish as a second language, the number then grows to 600 million Spanish speakers in the world.
In the United States alone, there are approximately 53 million people who speak Spanish. The US is the second-largest Spanish speaking country in the world. According to CNN, there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US who speak Spanish in their homes. Additionally, I think that is a good enough reason to start learning Spanish.
15. Spanish Can open Doors and Lead to New Opportunities
I started to learn Spanish in 1997. Back then, if you would have told me that I would have the opportunity to speak to my neighbors and travel the world speaking Spanish, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, I am using my ability to share my talent with those who are interested in learning the language.
Life has some unexpected twists and turns. Great things can happen to you when you open your mind, set a goal, and use it to learn something new every day.
16. Romance with a Romance Language
Have you ever dreamed of having a romance with a dama or caballero?
When you learn Spanish, you can delve into the various opportunities the Spanish-speaking culture has to offer whether that means meeting someone new who speaks Spanish or the various people that you have to meet.
However, learning Spanish is not solely about romance. Spanish is a romance language, and knowing it can make you more attractive and more interesting as a person to speak to and get to know using the romance language itself.
If you are dating or married to a native Spanish speaker, then you have more of a reason to learn Spanish. How fascinating would it be to speak to the love of your life and have daily conversations with them using such a romantic language like Spanish?
17. Become a Member of the Family
Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. They fall in love and it’s time to meet the girl’s parents. The girl’s parents fly-in from a Latin country and they don’t speak a word of English. There is a language barrier between the two of you. What do you do?
Whether or not you are interested in making a good first impression, learning Spanish can bring cultures and families together. Additionally, you can be a bird on the wire and listen in on what they are saying about you.
18. Build a Bridge Between Generations
According to the Pew Research Center, statistics show that 71% of second-generation Latinos can speak Spanish, but that number drops down to 49% among third-generation Latinos.
In other words, people who have immigrated here from a Spanish-speaking country are able to speak Spanish, yet the ability to speak Spanish amongst their children drops solely based on having only one parent who speaks Spanish. Furthermore, the ability to speak Spanish drops even more among third-generation Latinos, who find the use of Spanish to be less important.
If you fit into one of these categories, take pride in your culture and take the time to learn Spanish. It is a means for you to build a bridge with family members from earlier generations.
19. Make Lasting Friendships
Spanish brings people together. If you can speak Spanish, you’ll have a lot more people who will have the interest to speak to you, and all of you will have one thing in common…Spanish. Native Spanish speakers will have a fascination with you because you know their language which will open doors to get to know them on a deeper level.
By knowing Spanish, making friends will become easier whether you’re on vacation in a Spanish-speaking country, at work, or hanging out in your hometown.
20. Teach your Children Spanish
We may all have children or hope to have some in the future. When someone has children, they want to give them the best they never had. Whether you’re a bilingual or monolingual parent, you may want to give your children the opportunity to learn a second language. If you are Latino, you may want your children to learn Spanish to maintain their cultural values.
By learning Spanish, you will have the capability to teach your children Spanish too. Or, on the other hand, it can become a goal that the family can work on together.
21. Make a Good Impression
Learning Spanish is quite an accomplishment, and you might be the only one in your circle of friends to accomplish the task. When you speak Spanish in public, whether it’s at a restaurant or when you are on vacation, people will be astonished by your remarkable ability. Additionally, you may even inspire others to follow your steps and learn Spanish for themselves.
Therefore, if you make a good enough impression, others will follow. Be the leader.
22. Spanish Opens the Door to Other Languages
Spanish is relatively easy for a native English speaker to learn, and it belongs to the same language family along with French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. If you have an interest in learning any of these languages, it will become easier for you since there are similarities that can be found in Spanish too. Furthermore, a polyglot, or someone who knows several different languages, is capable of learning multiple languages because they are all from the same family.
On another note, if you are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese or Russian, knowing Spanish can still help you because you will learn tips that will help you acquire another language. In addition, you will also learn strategies that can carry over to the next language you want to learn.
23. Healthier Brain Development
According to ???, being bilingual can prevent the development of dementia later in life. Code-switching between two or more languages in your brain will help you to exercise your brain muscles and make your brain more resilient to damage. Even by being a lifelong bilingual, can be beneficial to you the most. If you try to learn another language, you can still reap the benefits of learning today. Additionally, start earlier to reap the benefits sooner.
24. Improve your Memory
The brain is a muscle and the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Taking on the task of acquiring a new language like Spanish, requires you to learn new words and the new rules of grammar which all help you to improve your memory. People, who are bilingual, have an improved memory that allows them to remember names, numbers, and shopping lists better than their counterparts.
25. Spanish Makes you Smarter
According to a study published in the New York Times, bilinguals are smarter than monolinguals when it comes to cognitive skills. Also, in 2013, Merritt stated that the functionality of your brain improves to recognize and to communicate in different languages which leads to the ability to negotiate in problem-solving tasks. Furthermore, in a study conducted by the University of Edinburgh, they found that bilinguals are more focused and pay closer attention than monolinguals.
26. Acquire Other Skills
The best way to learn Spanish is to push yourself. Similar to studying for a test, you have to have the discipline to practice, practice, and practice with the learning strategy that works best for you and your needs. When you have the capability to go through this process, you will be able to learn Spanish fast. Additionally, you can apply this to any other skill that you want to learn.
27. Challenge Yourself
Most people will not take on the task to acquire another language because they are comfortable with being mediocre.
An average lifestyle can be dangerous because it does not require you to learn nor improve. When you take on the task to learn a new language, you will have the courage to create and accomplish your goals. After you accomplish your goals, you will feel fulfilled and eager to accomplish more. By doing so, you will gain the confidence to take on more challenging tasks in life. Therefore, challenge yourself and gain the confidence to take on the world.
28. Become an Optimistic Person
Spanish is a language that evokes emotion. The language itself has more words to help you describe your emotion than any other language like English. To add to it, Spanish has a lot of words to describe positive emotions.
A research study has published an article on the Spanish language and they found that Spanish has the highest number of words that are associated with happiness than any other language.
29. Discover a New Personality
It has been said that your personality changes when you speak in a different language like Spanish. How so? The term used to describe this is referred to as “frame switching” which is the process by which a multicultural person takes on the personality of their second language.
For example, a study conducted by the University of London looked at people who spoke more than one language and people had various feelings about how they felt speaking in another language. Some people referred to feeling like they were taking on another persona, being theatrical, and —to the least extent— they felt like they were fake.
30. Improve your English
If you are a native English speaker, then chances are you probably don’t the rules of English grammar. You speak English naturally without even thinking about the rules of subject-verb agreement or proper pronoun usage (whether you know the rules or not). When you speak English, you just seem to go with the flow.
On the other hand, when you study Spanish, you are obligated to learn the rules of Spanish grammar, and relay them back to what you already know about English. By going through the process, you can develop a keen eye catch the careless mistakes that you make in English.
31. Overcome the Process of Overthinking
Some people overthink the process of speaking another language. They think speaking Spanish is hard to do. These same people do not know how to start a conversation in Spanish.
The best way to get over the overthinking process is to get over the fear of making mistakes. Sure you may mispronounce a word or two, but that is part of the learning process. You are going to make mistakes. Also, when you make mistakes that’s part of the learning process and it is the best way to incorporate learning something new.
32. Become a Fascinating Person
Have you ever taken the time to learn another language? If so, you’re a unique person because very few native English speakers have taken the time to learn another language.
As someone who is biracial, a lot of people are always fascinated (and interested) in by my ability to speak Spanish. The first most common question that I am often asked is “¿de dónde eres?” (where are you from?). Due to my Spanish speaking ability, a lot of Latinos usually assume and/or guess that my ethnic origin is from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico. Additionally, the second most common question that I am often asked is “¿cómo aprendiste español?” (how did you learn Spanish?).
When you go through the process of acquiring a new language like Spanish, you will have a lot of interesting conversations with people. In general, Latinos are very interested when someone from a different ethnicity is able to speak their language. And similar to my story, they will want to hear yours too.
33. Travel to 20 of The Most Exotic Spanish Speaking Countries
Spanish is the most important language that you should learn if you want to travel to any of these countries. These Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America have some of the most captivating and picturesque views that you have to see to believe. When you travel to any of these countries, you will experience some of the most stunning views so unimaginable that you will not believe your very eyes.
Many of the people living in these countries do not speak English. If you are comfortable with only speaking English, then you are limiting yourself to only visiting two countries which are Belize and Guyana according to the research. On the other hand, if you are really interested in learning a new language and another culture, then it would not hurt you to learn Spanish.
34. Increase Self-confidence with Travel
Having the self-assuredness to travel to another country knowing that you can get yourself out of any situation is another reason why learning Spanish is the best decision you can make in your life. You can become an independent traveler because you will not need to rely on anyone else but yourself. Relieve the unnecessary stress that goes along with traveling to a foreign country by knowing the language. Empower yourself to truly enjoy your vacation and become an independent traveler as you travel rest assured knowing that you can get yourself out of any situation.
When you have developed the self-confidence to travel on your own, then you can consider bringing your friends and family along to travel with you, and you can become their very own tour guide. They will be very appreciative and impressed by your ability to get them around in a foreign country.
35. Find Your Way Around
What if you took the wrong street exit off of the freeway? For any tourist that does not know Spanish, this would be a frightening situation to be in. However, if you already know Spanish, then you can easily ask a local for directions when you get lost.
When you know Spanish, it will allow you to have the ability to ask for assistance and to communicate your way out of any misunderstandings that you may across while traveling in a foreign country.
36. Shop and Bargain
Part ways with overpriced souvenirs. When you know and speak Spanish, you have the ability to bargain your way down to a lower price from the original price they were trying to offer you. You can save money on anything from fruits and vegetables at the neighborhood market to souvenirs at the local gift shop. As far as hotel accommodations go, get an authentic living experience by staying in someone’s guesthouse and save. By renting someone’s guesthouse, you can avoid paying an arm and a leg for an overpriced hotel room.
37. Experience the Local Culture
Latinos love it when you speak Spanish. Start a conversation with a Latino in Spanish and they will match your effort with a response to you in Spanish with a smile. They may even give you the opportunity to see places that a normal tourist would not have the opportunity to see.
It was an honor and a privilege to meet and visit a family farmhouse in Panama when I was there. I was able to meet a farmer by the name of Margarita who allowed me to milk her cow and try delicious fruits from her farm. It was an amazing opportunity that I had and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I was greeted very nicely as I had the opportunity of a lifetime to tour her farm and try some of the fresh-made juice that she had prepared. Also, the food that was prepared was very delicious, and I felt so honored to be there and speak with her in her mother tongue of Spanish.
38. Amazing Foods to Try
Whether you’re traveling to Guatemala City, Guatemala or going to see the Emberá-Wounaan in the Darien Province of Panama, there are some very delicious, mouthwatering foods that you have to try. Avoid requesting for the menu in English and, instead, request for the menu in Spanish to get access to a menu that regular tourists don’t get to try. By the way, if you come across something that doesn’t appease to you and your tastebuds, you can always ask what it is that they are serving.
39. Receive Better Treatment
Tourists are an easy target for street merchants. Whether you are traveling to Ensenada, Mexico or Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, local street merchants will see tourists as having a lot of money to splurge in their part of town. If you are visiting a touristic part of town, be prepared to receive a barrage of questions from street merchants trying to sell their products to you.
However, on the other hand, if you have the ability to speak Spanish, you can change all of that. You will be able to avoid the numerous amounts of street merchants harassing you to buy from them. You will come across as being very astute to the street merchants and their hustle.
40. Retire in a Foreign Country
As many people look forward to their retirement, there are many destinations abroad that are ideal for the retiree. Each and every year, MoneyWise publishes a list of the World’s Best Places in the World to Retire on $200K or Less with directions on how to retire in each country as a foreigner. Nine of them (and all of the top 5) are Spanish speaking countries located in Central America, South America, and Europe.
If you have been contemplating how you want to spend your retirement, consider the possibility of retiring overseas. You will have access to endless possibilities like an affordable cost of living, affordable insurance, tropical weather, and beautiful beaches. Overall, if you have been thinking about your retirement lately and you want to spend it overseas, it would be a good time for you to learn Spanish.
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