Top 5 Reasons to Learn Spanish
Riley graduated from a Tico Lingo program back in 2016 and remains a good friend of the school. He’s since fallen in love with Spanish and claims it to be one of his greatest assets!
Below, you’ll see our top 5 reasons for learning the Spanish language.
And it’s not just The States! The Index of Human Development ranks Spanish as the second most important language on Earth, behind English but ahead of Mandarin. The Spanish language is an official language on four different continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries (including Costa Rica). On the Internet, the language ranks as the third most widely used. On Facebook, it ranks second.
The numbers don’t lie, and the increasing rate of Spanish speakers in the world and on the web makes learning the language a must for those looking to invest in their future.
Likewise, friends and family will tend to turn to you for quick Spanish tidbits for traveling abroad, restaurant ordering, or simple communication with members in their community. If you’re someone who enjoys teaching and sharing what you’ve learned about the world, learning Spanish might be just for you.
Although it’s increasing in many places, the standard of living in many Spanish speaking countries isn’t nearly as high as Western standards. Corruption proves to still be a problem and many living in these countries face poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. Learning Spanish can equip you with the communication skills you need to really make a difference. Locally and abroad, you can assist Spanish speaking communities with local community outreach initiatives that can truly impact peoples lives. Take it from Nelson Mandella when he said, “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.” Learning Spanish will give you the skills to truly connect with a community while volunteering.
Go from simple observer to an all out participant. Having Spanish in your back pocket can completely transform the way you travel in Spanish-speaking countries.
Get out there and have the confidence to explore!
I hate to use the cliché quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe here, but I absolutely connect to it when I think of my newfound awareness of language. In 1906 in his famous book Maxims and Reflections he wrote, “Those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of his own”. Yes, I knew how to speak, write, and ace a few college English courses, but until I began analyzing another language did I gain a new understanding of the in’s and out’s of English.
Both based in Latin, English and Spanish fall into the “Romance” language category. You’ll notice extremely similar words for both languages; “bicicleta and bicycle”, “artística and artistic”, “perfecto and perfect”. Expanding your vocabulary in Spanish can in turn expand your vocabulary in English. The two work hand-in-hand.
On top of that, it’s actually one of the easier languages to learn because nearly every word in the language is phonetically perfect. Unlike English words like “Bologna” or “Wednesday” you can look at almost any word in Spanish and know exactly how to pronounce it.
That said, once you have a basic framework for the language, new words are learned quickly and easily, new friends are made though practice, and new cultures are at your fingertips to explore. Have at it!