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Spanish as English is becoming of greater importance worldwide. Spanish is often the foreign language of choice to learn after English. There is no doubt why it is a popular language, with some 400 million speakers. Spanish is presumed to have more native speakers than any other language, counting Chinese (Languages of China consist of various dialects where grammars are not uniform.)

In the Americas consider this:

Canada and the Unites States are two countries conquering monolingualism (although French is an official language in Canada) however, in these countries these days, for various reasons people are learning Spanish in record numbers. But the numbers tell only part of the story.

Spanish is an official language in four continents – this remark alone makes it a valuable contribution among those desiring to learn another tongue. Here are only some, of loads of reasons, to learn this alluring language:

Better appreciation of English: Yes, you read that correctly! A large amount of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, much of which came into English by way of French. Similarly, both Spanish and English share Indo-European roots so their grammars are somehow parallel. There is perhaps, no more efficient way to learn English grammar, than by studying the grammar of a different language. It is not unusual to get an understanding of English verb tenses and moods, than by learning how those verbs are used in another language.

Learning other languages: When you learn Spanish you have a head start in learning some other Latin-base languages, such French or Italian. And it will even make it easier if you learn German and Dutch since they too have Indo-European roots with characteristics existent in Spanish, but not in English (as gender and extensive conjugation).

Knowing your neighbours: We bet there are Spanish speakers living on the same street as you do. Knowing Spanish has proven invaluable in speaking with other residents of any town who do or do not know the local language – it happened to me while visiting Budapest, where locals were quite eloquent in Spanish, more than in English.

Travel: Specially if you want to have fun as locals do in ANY Spanish-speaking country. It is absolutely promising to visit any Spanish-speaking country without speaking a word of the local language, but, we doubt you will get the real deal, particularly, in the cultural aspect. Plus, Spanish offers a wealth of literature, both contemporary and traditional.

Employment opportunities: In the Netherlands where I live, Spanish language courses are offered everywhere! Now, if you have a career involving global markets, international trade, communications or tourism, Spanish will be a valuable skill. If you live in Canada and the United States and work in marketing, medicine and education, you will find that your chances will expand by knowing the language.

Learning a new language is fun! Whether you take pleasure in talking, reading, or mastering challenges, you will find all of them in learning a new language. For many people, there’s something naturally enjoyable about successfully speaking in another tongue. While learning a language can be tough work, the efforts pay off quickly when you finally get to use your skills.

To many, Spanish offers the most rewards with the least effort. It’s never too late to begin learning!

Photos courtesy of Visit Mexico