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Why Learn Spanish ?
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers) after Chinese- (Mandarin), also it is used in almost all the American Continent (U.S.A, Mexico, Central & South America) likewise in Spain. A world of excitement, colour and romance will touch your life with this new language. Dance the night away, visit the bull fights, taste a new variety of foods and meet wonderfully alive people.
Spanish is the language of over four hundred million people! It is spoken officially in 23 countries and it is the second language of the United States, where there are about 38 million Spanish speakers. Spanish is also one of the four major languages of the European Union alongside English, French and German. Business opportunities for people who speak Spanish abound, especially as Australian trade with Latin America is steadily increasing.
If you are interested in a career of tourism, speaking a second language is a great advantage to your prospects, for example in Europe and the United States the graduates are expected to speak at least one foreign language. Other possible careers include translating and interpreting, the public service, especially in Foreign Affairs, Trade, Teaching and even to become a Secret Agent from the Australian Government….
Spanish is also a major language of international culture and it has a rich literary tradition. Cervantes’s masterpiece ‘Don Quixote‘ is considered to be one of the greatest works of literature and more recently writers such as the Latin Americans Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Octavio Paz, as well as the Spaniard Camilo José Cela. They have been winners of the ‘Nobel Prize for Literature’. In music, you can try salsa, merengue, cumbia, etc; performed by groups and solo acts such as the internationally acclaimed ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ and performers such as Ricky Martín, Shakira, Cristina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, etc are taking the world by storm. Furthermore, both Spain and Latin America have strong film cultures, with the 2000 and 2003 Oscar for the ‘Best Foreign Film’ being awarded to Pedro Almodóvar.
Spanish is the fourth most widely studied second language in Western Europe after English, French, and German. Furthermore, Spanish language is studied also in The Asia Pacific Region such as: in China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, The Philippines, New Zealand, India and likewise in Australia.
- Countries with Spanish as official language.
- Countries with more than 1,000,000 students.
- Countries with more than 100,000 students.
- Countries with more than 20,000 students.
Better understanding of English: Much of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, lot of them came to English by way of French. As Spanish is also a Latin language, you will find easily study Spanish and better understanding of this beautiful widely spoken language comparing with your native vocabulary. Similarly, both Spanish and English share Indo-European roots, so their grammars are similar. There is perhaps no more effective way to learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of another language, for the study forces you to think about how your language is structured. It’s not unusual, for example, to gain an understanding of English verbs’ tenses by learning how those verbs are used in Spanish, etc.. The following chart will show how easy could be learning Spanish language for English speakers.
Travel: Yes, it is perfectly possible to visit North America, Spain and even Ecuatorial Guinea without speaking a word of Spanish. But it isn’t nearly half as much!. Traveling through Mexico, Central America and South America you will have the doors opened simply because speaking Spanish, allowing to do things that many other visitors do not.
Cultural understanding: While most of us can not hope to learn languages of more than one or two cultures other than our own, those that we can learn help us to learn how other people learn and think. Latin American or Spanish newspapers, for example, It is good to gain a sense of how other people think and feel, a way that is different from our own. Spanish also offers a wealth of literature, both modern and traditional. Gastronomy, ecology, history, music, dances are also part of this charming language.
Learning other languages: If you can learn Spanish, you will have a head start in learning the other Latin-based languages such as French and Italian, of course these languages are less spoken. It will even help you learn Russian and German, since they too have Indo-European roots and have some characteristics (such as gender and extensive conjugation) that are present in Spanish but not English. And I wouldn’t be surprised if learning Spanish might even help you learn Japanese or any other non-Indo-European language, since intensively learning the structure of a language can give you a reference point for learning others.
It’s easy: Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is like English and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic: Look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell how it is pronounced. And while mastering the grammar of Spanish can be a challenge, basic grammar is straightforward enough that you can have meaningful communication after only a few lessons.
Heaps of reasons to learn Spanish today!!