Why you should learn to speak Spanish
A lot of people, especially in the US, have tried at one point or another to learn Spanish. Usually through mandatory classes in high school or university. However, more often than not, none of this sticks with you after your final exam is finished. Only once you’ve graduated and entered the world do you realize all the benefits of learning to speak Spanish fluently.
Not only is Spanish the official language of 21 countries, it’s the second most spoken language in the world, with over 470 million native speakers. In the US alone, there are over 45 million first or second language Spanish speakers, making it the second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico.
With so many Spanish speaking people worldwide, being able to speak Spanish fluently can benefit you both socially and economically. For many jobs in the US, knowing Spanish is a must. Even if Spanish isn’t directly related to your job title, many employers look favorably on having Spanish language skills on your resume, and might give you an advantage over other candidates with otherwise equally impressive resumes.
Of course, speaking Spanish will come in handy if you plan on visiting almost any country south of the Rio Grande other than Brazil. In many Spanish-speaking regions, English fluency is low, so being able to communicate with people in their own language will help you get around easier, and get to know the local culture and customs. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Spanish-speaking countries such as the mythical, ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires or the natural beauty of Costa Rica that almost anyone can find a reason to go.