Reasons to learn Spanish...
Learning Spanish is fun!
Learning Spanish opens up lots of opportunities to have more fun. Who doesn't enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie? Music? You bet! Food? The best! The satisfaction of accomplishment? It's there waiting for you to grab it! For all of the reasons mentioned above, and a whole lot that haven't been mentioned, learning Spanish can be one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do. Whether your motivations are practical, intellectual or sentimental, learning Spanish is something that will benefit you for the rest of your life!
Learning Spanish is actually a medical device!
Research indicates that knowing and using two languages reduces your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The scientists who studied this were motivated by earlier studies which showed that bilingualism enhances mental abilities in both children and older adults. Other studies show that studying languages can improve your memory and slow age-related decline in mental acuity. And studying another language makes you smarter! Your critical thinking skills will be improved as you learn to view things through a different lens. Learning a second language stimulates creativity!
For many, learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity.
Spanish is becoming more and more important with regards to business. Learning Spanish will enable you to better communicate with Spanish speaking employees or co-workers.
Learning Spanish will (truly) expand your universe.
According to Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, "the limits of my language are the limits of my universe." There is no doubt that learning Spanish will expand your own personal universe.
Learn it for language's sake.
While Goethe may have been exaggerating when he said, "he who knows no foreign language, knows nothing of his own," it cannot be denied that by studying Spanish you will without doubt gain a better understanding of English. Spanish is what we call a "Romance" language, meaning that it is based on Latin, the language of the ancient Roman Empire. Many English words are also of Latin origin, and so when you learn vocabulary in Spanish you will simultaneously be expanding your English vocabulary.
Favorite Famous Spanish Sayings
A mal tiempo, buena cara
- In bad times, a face held high. We are advised to face adversity with valor and good spirits, and not to let disappointment show and prevail over us.
A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda
- God helps him who rises early. In Spanish we have a special verb to say “to get up early”: madrugar. For those wishing to attain success, diligence is in good order. Exert yourself and help from Above will follow, says this famous Spanish saying.
It´s related in meaning to the saying: A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando
- Begging to God and working hard with the mallet. One’s prayers do not obviate the need of making due effort. However…
...and talking about “madrugar”:
No por mucho madrugar amanece más temprano
- Getting up very early won´t make the sun rise any sooner. Your effort will only take you so far. Not everything is in our hands. Know when it´s time to let go, relax and let things take their course!
Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres
- Tell me who you are friends with and I´ll tell you who you are. Much can be inferred about a person´s character and tastes by noting who his friends are and in what circles he moves. Also, we are reminded that who to choose as friends is not a matter to be taken lightly, as the people we socialize with won't fail to influence us, for good or ill…
Más vale solo que mal acompañado
- Being alone is preferable to being in bad company
Consejos vendo y para mí no tengo
- Advice I sell and for myself have none. This one reproaches the person who has advice for everyone except for himself. Also, some people would do well by heeding the excellent advice they so generously extend to others.
Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña
- Everyone cuts firewood from the fallen tree. When someone “falls” there´s usually no lack of opportunists who will swiftly look for ways of deriving personal profit from the circumstances.
Who speaks Spanish? Spanish is an official language in 20 sovereign states and one dependent entity, totaling around 423 million people.
Did you know? Colors on Spanish Flag The colors on the Spanish flag represent the following:
Famous Spanish Artists. Some of the most famous Spanish painters of the 20th century include Joan Miro, Juan Gris, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso