Top 5 reasons to learn Spanish

It’s never too late to learn Spanish

As Winter turns to Spring in the northern hemisphere, and the mass roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations offer much needed hope that the worst of the pandemic will soon be behind us, people are starting once again to look with optimism towards the future. Vacations and foreign travel are no longer the pipe dreams they may have seemed back in the darkest days of the Winter of 2020, as minds turn once again to possibilities of self-improvement and fun!

Learning to speak Spanish is one of the very best things that anyone will ever do. Whatever level, from beginner to advanced, students in their tens of thousands are hungry to learn Spanish either online or in the country in which the language is spoken in its native tongue.

With our long tradition of enjoying making lists, I’ve assembled the top 5 reasons why you should learn Spanish:

A continuación, te dejo las 5 razones más importantes por las que debes aprender español.

1.Broaden horizons and gain access to 580 million Spanish speakers!

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. According to the latest report from Instituto Cervantes, it is estimated that 580 million people across the globe speak Spanish, of whom 483 million are native Spanish speakers. Spanish is the official language of Spain and much of Central and South America. Astonishingly, Spanish is the native tongue, or second language of over 50 million people in the US alone! If you want to learn Spanish to burst open the doors to communicate with any of the hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers around the world, or to make foreign travel more rewarding and fulfilling, learning  to speak Spanish is the key that will unlock the door. Spanish language students will find learning Spanish one of the most enriching experiences of their lives. Of all the languages you could choose, Spanish is arguably the most useful!

2. Improve your Employment Prospects

Learning Spanish will improve your job prospects. This is not an empty statement of belief, it is a fact, pure and simple. In the global marketplace in which the world of business exists today, being able to speak Spanish won’t just look good on your CV, speaking Spanish will improve your job prospects. In the difficult job climate in which we find ourselves in 2021, employers are desperate for staff who are able to converse in Spanish, especially in the area of international trade. Forbes magazine estimates that the Latin American market alone has a purchasing power in excess of $1.5 trillion, making Spanish speakers more sought after than ever before by international businesses and corporations.

3. Live and Work Abroad

Learning Spanish will give you a great opportunity to live and work abroad. If Spanish is not your native tongue, but you want to live in Spain or any of the 21 countries world-wide where Spanish is the official language, you are going to really need to speak Spanish!

4. Open up a new world of entertainment

Many of the best movies and TV shows are made in the Spanish language. For example: Guillermo Del Torro’s 2006 masterpiece Pan’s Labyrynth, El Mariachi trilogy, The Motorcycle Diaries, Roma, The Shape of Water etc. And on TV, addictive shows such as El Casa de Papel (the most watched TV series in the history of Netflix) Puerta 7, Bala Loca, Frontera Verde and many, many more besides, all available to watch on Netflix.  Films and TV shows in Spanish can help you learn Spanish. Add to movies and TV the great impact that Spanish literature has had on the world. Imagine being able to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, and other classics including Don Quijote, Ficcione, The Alchemist etc in the language in which they’re written! So much is lost in translation. Just imagine your sense of accomplishment, as a non-native Spanish speaker, being able to read fluently in Spanish!

5. Learning Spanish can change your life

Picture the scene, you’re living the dream in Madrid, immersing yourself in the Spanish language while studying Spanish at AIL Madrid. As your Spanish learning progresses and your skills improve, your self-confidence will grow immeasurably.  Your motivation will grow too, as the more you learn, the more you will want to learn. Nobody is going to expect you to pick up perfect Spanish from the get-go. But with patience and hard work, you will grow not just as someone who can speak Spanish but as a person too. Your confidence when meeting native Spanish speakers and chatting to classmates in Spanish will help you make new and lasting friendships due to the many experiences you will share together!

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