Benefits of Learning Spanish as a Second Language

by Maria Oliveira. ©2011. All rights reserved.

Learn a Second LanguageAcross the United States today, Spanish is the language most widely spoken next to English due to the large number of immigrants who have settled and continue to settle down across the states, enriching the population. The number of Spanish-speaking people continues to rise. The dilemma that now arises as well is how to communicate with these people in a way that can be understood and can be productive. But how can this issue be addressed if there is a language barrier in between them? One good way is to take lessons in the language of your neighbor.

A lot of native English speakers find it difficult to interact with Spanish-speaking citizens who can barely speak English. Because of the strong cultural ties that exist between a people and their motherland, it is difficult to expect that they should discard their native tongue in favor of the lingua franca of their new homeland. In addition, the economic situation that some may find themselves in may further hinder these individuals from taking up lessons to learn the English language. The learning they get from their regular schools is not enough, for the reason that they do not get to practice it as much as needed. Therefore, in order to address this issue, it is easier and much more convenient for English speakers to take up courses in Spanish or at least try to learn the language as much as they can. This is usually the trend with professionals who get to deal with Spanish people in their work environments.

What are the benefits of learning Spanish? They are as follows:

1.  Once you learn a new language, it broadens your horizons as well as deepens your cultural experience. You can learn more about the culture and the way of life of the Spanish-speaking people in your area when you are able to understand and use their language. You can interact with them and get to understand their opinions, their emotions, as well as their stand on certain issues that affect society.

2.  This will look good on your resume and can work well to your professional advantage. It provides you an edge over others and draws attention to you as an indispensable asset.  People who are able to speak other languages are more often preferred for a job, regardless of the field.

3.  In both the public and private sectors, such as government, education and medical professions, many are deployed to indigenous communities of non-English speaking people. Thus, the ability to speak a popular language like Spanish is highly valued. Being able to communicate will create better relationships between you and these people.

4.  Because of globalism, there is an undeniable need for skills that can increase commercial interests such as those valuable in outsourcing projects. Companies need people who can speak the language of new markets and subsidiaries.

Learning a new language such as Spanish makes one an asset whether in the public or private sector of business. With the continuous growth of Spanish-speaking communities, there will always be a demand for people who can speak the language. So learn Spanish now! Visit our language center to find out how to avail of Spanish lessons.

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