Are you looking for a little bit more motivation to start learning a new language? The first step is always the hardest, which is why we have gathered some great reasons to start learning Spanish. Hopefully some of the reasons we list below will help you to get started!
Spanish is one of the world’s true global languages, with an estimated 500 million native speakers worldwide, making it the second most-spoken native language in the world (after Mandarin) and the fourth most spoken language overall. Spanish is an official language in 20 countries, primarily in South and Central America.
Language skills always look good on a CV, and that is no exception for Spanish. The demand for Spanish speakers continues to be high, particularly in branches such as business, tourism, healthcare and education. Spanish is also one of the official languages of the UN and the EU - so speaking Spanish as a second (or third) language could reap benefits if you want to join one of these international organisations as well!
While it is difficult to prove, there have been many studies over the years claiming that bilingualism is good for your health: from improved cognitive skills in bilingual children, to studies suggesting that it can even delay the onset of Alzheimers. Studies have even suggested that learning a language can improve memory and problem solving skills!
Learning Spanish at a language school in Spain means that you will be learning the language with a small group of like-minded individuals, who you will get to know well over the duration of your course. It’s not uncommon for such encounters to develop into close friendships that last for years - some of them even romantic!
Spanish is the most widely spoken Romance language - the group of languages mainly spoken in southern Europe that evolved from Latin. This means that there are a lot of similarities between French, Italian and Spanish, particularly when it comes to grammar. This is great if you plan to learn Italian or French after learning Spanish: the grammar rules, as well as quite a lot of the vocabulary, is very similar. After learning Spanish, picking up French or Italian should be no trouble at all!
Learning a new language is not only a rewarding experience; it can also be empowering. The self-confidence you will gain from being able to speak a foreign language will help you to feel more self-assured in new and challenging situations. Your communication skills in general will also benefit from the experience.
Spain (and also Latin America) offer some of the richest culture in the world. Its fascinating history, the art and music, and not to mention the food, can all be enjoyed and appreciated more when you have a deeper understanding of the language and the culture.
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If we have piqued your interest, why not consider a language course in Spain or Latin America? Not only will you be able to learn Spanish quickly in small groups, but you can combine this with a holiday in some of the most beautiful cities in the world! Estudia-España offers great deals on Spanish courses. Check out some of our deals here!
Estudia-España offers courses all over Spain and Latin America, and with partner schools all over the country you are sure to find the perfect course for you, whether you want to combine learning Spanish with surfing in San Sebastian, exploring the architecture of Madrid, enjoying the beautiful beaches of Alicante, or the history and tapas in Granada.