By learning Spanish, you will be better able to communicate with Spanish speakers. Latin American countries have become relevant trading partners for the United States. Your language skills will enable you to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and interact with the locals and really get to know their culture.
Here are some of benefits of learning Spanish:
One of the best languages to learn for traveling
As of 2021, there were 543 million Spanish-speakers all over the world. That’s 23% of the whole world. Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world and the official language of 21 countries.
If you learn Spanish, you’ll be hard-pressed to go somewhere where at least a few people don’t speak it. This will make you a better-prepared traveler, allow you to meet even more people and better your personal experiences in some of the most beautiful countries in the world where Spanish is the official language: Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Spain, Chile, etc.
For those who are planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country either for leisure or business, consider to hire an experienced Spanish native tutor for customized lessons focusing on your particular needs, goals or motivation
and learn the most commonly used phrases of the targeted country.
It will keep your mind sharp
Studies have shown that people who use their brains more through furthering their language tend to have lower rates of dementia and memory problems later in life regardless of education levels, gender or occupation.
Speaking more than one language appears to help the brain withstand the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
It is never too late to learn a new language. If you want to learn Spanish (and become fluent) as an adult, it takes hard work and dedication. You may get frustrated and feel like giving up, but once you’ve decided to make the commitment to becoming fluent in Spanish, one of the best ways to start learning it quickly is to immerse yourself in it. If you are really serious about learning Spanish in Phoenix, you need the individual attention that only a qualified private tutor can offer. By hiring and working with an experienced private tutor with years of experience teaching the language (and who knows what he/she is doing) you get to practice speaking Spanish at your level, build up your confidence and improve and develop your verbal skills, you get used to the flow of the language, you improve your grammar and pronunciation by being corrected on the spot, and you learn real-life Spanish.
You will become a better more interesting person
This might be a bold claim, but it’s true. At least, it’s true if you define being a better person as someone who is empathetic towards others and can read social cues. Learning another language, like Spanish, won’t only increase your ability to focus, but it will also help you understand cultures that are unlike your own.
A world of art, literature and beauty will open up to you
One of the most major benefits of learning Spanish is that you’ll gain access to the exceptional world of rich Hispanic culture. Watching classic movies by the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, in their original language is more enjoyable than watching with subtitles. Engaging with works in their original language provides you with deeper insights into them than you can access through translations. And while art may not have an exact language, being able to speak Spanish may help you better enter the mind of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and many others. The same extends to music of the greats, like Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, among others.
Get a better handle on pop culture
In the same way that learning Spanish will give you access to classic literature, cinema, art and music, it will also open worlds to the most energetic and vibrant pop talent of today. If you’ve been to a club or bar in the last five years, it’d be difficult to hit the dance floor without listening to a song by Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Shakira or any other top Spanish-speaking musician. And apart from the dance floor, Spanish has entered the modern vernacular of many large brands like Taco Bell’s famous saying of, “Yo quiero Taco Bell,” or McDonalds’ “Me encanta.” Other brands are also spending millions of dollars every year targeting Hispanic audiences.
Whether you want to work for one of these organizations, or just be in the know when you see an ad in Spanish pop up, learning Spanish will help you get there.
It won’t take you too long
How long it takes you to learn Spanish is entirely dependent on who you are, your study habits and if you’ve studied it, or a similar language before. According to the American Council of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL), languages are divided into two classes:
- Group I: Spanish, French, Portuguese, among others
- Group IV: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Korean
The languages in Group I, which include Spanish, take 480 hours of professional curriculum to achieve mid-advanced fluency. It’s important to remember here that how one defines “fluency” is entirely subjective. Some people say they’re fluent in a language if they can read and write without a dictionary. Others claim that true fluency is impossible because it’d take a lifetime to understand all of the cultural peculiarities if you didn’t grow up in it. Either way, Spanish is widely regarded as one of the easiest languages to learn, so you can be up and running with basic reading and speaking skills in no time.
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