1. It’s great for travel
Travelling today can be as much daunting as is can be enriching when travelling to countries where you can’t speak the language. Sure, you’re always able to get by travelling from Barcelona to Madrid or asking for a meat free empanada in Colombia, especially in this day and age where many countries and cities with expanding tourism realize the importance of having employees that can speak English. However, having some knowledge of the local language can go a long way in ensuring you have a much more enjoyable and pleasant experience while abroad, from taking public transport to dining out and saving money. With Spanish being the official native language in 20 countries from Europe to the Caribbean and throughout the Americas, you will have abundance of destinations to explore while utilising your skills.
2. Improves your job prospects
Being bilingual can open up the door for a plethora of new job opportunities both at home and abroad. At home you have many career options such as an interpreter, translator, Spanish customer service or even a Spanish speaking health & safety instructor and so on. Abroad you can easily become an English teacher after completing a short course while at home by obtaining an approved certification such as TEFL. As well as job opportunities at home or aboard, Spanish would also give you the opportunity while travelling.
3. Keeps your brain healthy and active
With an abundance of reasons to learn a new language from travel to work to even watching a foreign movie without subtitles, one benefit that can’t be understated is the fact that learning a second language has been scientifically proven to be good for your brain. There are a number of studies that have shown that learning a language can significantly improve your memory, especially as we grow older. In addition to improving your memory, learning a second language can also avoid mental decline. You are compelled to stay mentally active when listening to a second language and speaking it due to the fact your brain will need to work just a little bit harder to antithesize two or more languages. When choosing a second language to start learning there are a number of reasons why Spanish should be at the top of your list if you want to keep your brain active:
Second most spoken language
With 480 million people, Spanish is officially the second most spoken language in the world.
Spoken in 20 countries
As mentioned above in the travel section, Spanish is the official native language in 20 countries.
Closely related to English
In Spanish you have one of the closest related languages to English. An almost identical alphabet, you also have many of the same and or similar words, as well as similar grammatical structures such as syntax, pluralization and contractions.