Why learn Spanish?
Reasons #6-10 to learn Spanish | 1-5>>>
6. Learn Spanish to prepare for study abroad opportunities.
Many high schools, colleges, and universities offer study abroad
opportunities. Many different types of programs are available to choose
from and they vary in time from as little as a week of study to one
semester, or even a whole year. Often, as little as one semester or
one year of prior language study is all that is needed to qualify
to participate in an exchange program.
7. Better appreciate Spanish-speaking cultures.
Apart from opening up access to areas of "high" culture
such as art, literature, and history, a knowleged of Spanish can help
learners understand and appreciate day-to-day culture in the Spanish-speaking
world. The ability to read and understand authentic Spanish -- whether
that be in the newspaper, on television, in magazines, in letters
from friends or pen pals, or on the street -- truly gives an "insider"
view into the language and all of its different shades of meaning.
8. Learn Spanish to make lifelong friends.
As most people would probably recognize, the primary purpose of a
language is to facilitate communication between people. However, what
many people don't realize is that learning a foreign language, although
intimidating at times, opens many doors to meeting new and exciting
people that wouldn't otherwise be possible. Getting to know somebody
by communicating with them in their own language is a great way to
really get to know that person on a much deeper level than only through
communicating with gestures or body language. Language study, practice,
and exposure to the language are vital to effective and successful
9. Learning Spanish makes acquiring the next foreign language easier.
It is often said by people who have become bilingual in Spanish
or another language: Through hard work, perseverance, and lots of
practice, the next language one learns is much easier to master by
comparison. Learning a foreign language develops a whole set of mental,
social, and cultural skills and this newfound awareness carries over
to other languages when learned. Once Spanish has been learned to
a proficient level, when the grammar concepts, vocabulary, and other
facets of the language have become fairly automatic, picking up a
new language comes much more effortlessly. The new languages studied,
especially of European origin, tend to have a lot of recognizable,
common elements that are more easily assimilated and expanded upon
by tapping into previous language-learning experience. In fact, once
you know Spanish, other languages in the Romance language family such
as Italian, French, Portuguese, or even ancient Latin, will almost
seem like "cousins" to the Spanish you've already learned!
10. Gain access to Spanish art, music, literature and film.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to view a film in its
original language instead of watching it in a dubbed version? Are
you tired of being distracted from enjoying a film by the need to
read the film's subtitles? Have you wondered if the translation of
the film is accurate or if you are missing out on the details in the
film? Becoming proficient in Spanish would greatly enhance your enjoyment
of such Oscar-winning films as Belle epoque (1993), All
About My Mother (1999), and The Sea Inside (2004).
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