Advantages of speaking Spanish

Mark was very excited because he was just a year away to finish his college degree in economics. He realized he had to take an assignment of Spanish as a second language in order to complete his degree. He thought, this was a great opportunity to learn Spanish once and for all, that’s when he decided to turn to, looking for some motivation to learn Spanish, and ask us what are some advantages of speaking Spanish.

If you got to this blog post, you are probably thinking of getting serious on your Spanish learning, or maybe you, just like Mark, are looking for some motivation to work and improve your Spanish.

You need to know that Learning a second language comes with tons of advantages, no matter what language you learn, if you speak more than just one language, you will be one step ahead of many people on today’s world.

Perhaps, you are wondering: Spanish? What for?… Well, here are some advantages that you will get if you work to become a fluent Spanish speaker.

Open your mind and get to know a different culture

If you live in the US, you’ve probably seen that a lot of people living in America right now, come from Hispanic countries, or at least their roots and ancestors are Latinos. Language is a big advantage to connect with these people, and get to understand their customs, habits, and ways of thinking.

Actually, language is so tied to culture that you can find some words and expressions that have no translation in English, an example of this is when people say in Spanish:

“¿Qué quieres de sobremesa?”

If you hear that and you try to translate it to English, you will probably get something weird like “over the table”, but what it actually means is the drink that comes with every meal you eat.

Here is an example: maybe in the morning, you have some scrambled eggs with some bread and butter, the “sobremesa” would be some chocolate or coffee, or perhaps you have a cheese burger for lunch and then, as a “sobremesa”, you will get a soda or something like that.

Also, if you look at Latino’s culture a little closer, you will realize that this is a very happy culture,and most people from Hispanic countries love to dance, party, and have fun. So, think about it: a nice party, full of people having fun and speaking Spanish.

Grow your business

When you learn to speak Spanish, you are able to connect and understand with people more easily, and don’t forget that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. So, it actually deserves that you give Spanish a chance to let it get into your life.

Looking to expand your business? Latinos entrepreneurs are eager to find opportunities to expand their business all the time, and they will love to get an international chance to grow.

Actually, just inside the US, there are lots of Hispanic entrepreneurs that have contributed to the national economy, this should be a little incentive for you if you want to reach to these people and make business.

Find the love of your life

If you learn to speak Spanish, you will be able to connect with way more people than what you can do with just one language, and Latinos are a very wide culture to explore when we talk about dating.

If you’re a woman, you probably could get to know many Hispanic guys characterized by a sense of hard work, love for family, and a passionate feeling for their relationships.

And if you are a guy interested in looking for love, you will find awesomely beautiful women who can share with you what it means to be loving, warm, kind and friendly.

Get to understand entertainment and literature

Spanish contributions to music are huge, just to mention a small portion of these topic, think about salsa, bachata or reggaetón. These music genres are everywhere, and you would be surprised to know how many people love these music styles, but they don’t even know what the lyrics of the songs mean.

If you learn Spanish, you will be able to understand music and talk about it with your friends. How about being the “what the song means is…”, of your squad?

Music is not the only contribution that Spanish has made, Hispanic literature will give you hours of fun. There have been great authors that you need to read in their original language to get a better understanding of what they write in their books, just to mention a few: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, etc.

Even if you turn to Netflix and look for a good movie or TV show, you will find so many options in Spanish that you will have to take your time to watch and enjoy the good material that you can find.

We could talk about tons of advantages of speaking Spanish, because every time that some one learns and masters a new language, is like if the world would get smaller. Boundaries and frontiers become less powerful, lots of opportunities and new doors are opened; this is true if you learn any language, and will become real for you if you learn Spanish.

Diego Cuadros is a blogger and a Spanish online teacher. He uses stories to help Spanish lovers understand fast-speaking native speakers, so they don't freeze and panic in conversations.

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