Sunday, February 16, 2014

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn Spanish


1. Spanish is on a Steady Rise.

In the U.S., Spanish is outgrowing any other non-English language at a rapid pace, with a steady stream of new immigrants from Latin America and growth in the already large Hispanic population.  The numbers reported by  Pew Research Center estimates 37.6 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as their first language and predicts that the Latin-American population will reach approximately 128.8 million by 2060.  This would likely make the U.S. the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.

2. Learning Spanish will Help Your Career.
Large numbers of employers are seeking Spanish speakers as a result of the large Latino population in the U.S. and the booming Latin economies outside the U.S.  Many diverse fields are desperate for Spanish speakers including nursing, construction management, and media, among many other positions.   Big corporations are also realizing the potential of reaching a market that will represent $1.5 trillion in purchasing power in the U.S. by 2015. American businesses have already invested a record $174 billion in the Latin American market in 2012 and many companies have expanded there including PepsiCo announcing a $5 billion investment in Mexico.

3. So many places to visit and speak Spanish.  

There are approximately 423 million people in 2o countries that call Spanish their official native language and they live in some of the best travel destinations in the world. You can explore thousands of miles of cheap and beautiful Latin America cities, beaches, and trails as well as relax in its many luxurious resorts in tropical places such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarte.   Other exotic destinations such as Venezuela has the longest Caribbean sea coastline of any nation and is considered one of the most mega diverse countries on the planet, with more than 40 percent of its territory protected. Its clear that among any Spanish speaking location you decide to travel to,  speaking the local language will help you get off the beaten path and experience the real culture. 

4. Spanish is easy to learn.

Written Spanish is almost completely phonetic — look at any Spanish word, and you can tell how it is pronounced. Not true of Arabic which has a completely different alphabet or French which is hard to pronounce and to spell is even more tricky. Though Spanish grammar can be a challenge, the basic grammar is straightforward and easy to learn as well as many vocabulary words being similar to English. Since the number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. continues to rise, chances are it will become even easier to learn and practice this language.

5. Even the British are doing it!

Spanish topped the list of "Languages of the Future" reported by The British Council in their analysis of the most recommended languages their citizens should learn. The report took into account an analysis of cultural, economical and diplomatic factors.  Spanish came in first followed by Arabic, French, and Mandarin. This is somewhat as a surprise as Britain does not have that many Spanish speaking immigrants and is situated only miles from its neighbor France. The fact that it is encouraging its citizens to learn Spanish before any other language is a good indicator of its widespread popularity.
Article based on work of AMANDA MACIASGUS LUBIN from Business Insider Australia 



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