The Growing Importance of Spanish

Published: 10th April 2008
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Studying Spanish can be a enjoyable and can be a very useful skill. With a growing Hispanic population in the United States, the Spanish language is the second most frequently spoken language in the United States and with up to 500 million speakers, one of the key second languages in the world.

Learning Spanish can open doors to employment in a variety of occupations such as in teaching, translation, interpreting, medicine, law, and the travel industry. It can also lead to an increase in efficiency in working with Hispanic workers lacking proficiency in English. With growing Latin American economies, learning Spanish greatly improves your chances of success in job market dealing with these economies. Learning Spanish can be a fun task, as well as an important one.

Even if your just a casual traveler, learning Spanish can also be beneficial since most of the sign boards and instructions in Latin American are naturally written in Spanish. Learning Spanish in order to learn food, communicate with locals and talk with taxi drivers will enhance the experience of your travels significantly, if travel is your primary goal.

Learning Spanish is one step to joining the ranks of businesses oriented toward the growing Hispanic market in the United States and abroad. Spanish is one of the great languages of the world. Learning Spanish is, as it is all over the western world, part of a world-class education. The Spanish language is spoken throughout Latin America, the Carribean, and in Spain.

Learning Spanish is not easy and there is no single method can insure that the proficiency will be achieved without investment of time. So its important to vary your resources to insure that you maximize your language learning experience. Learning Spanish is definitely easier than learning a non-European language, at least for most English speakers.

Choosing the right course or methodology is of course critical and that can make learning Spanish a cake walk or much more difficult. Much importance should be given to the various accent marks and proper pronunciation while learning Spanish.

Learning Spanish doesn't require expensive personal tutors. So you want to be insure that you do not end up paying more money than is necessary. Learning Spanish is an ongoing and involved process. While you can't learn Spanish overnight, you can find resources that may give you an edge time wise and simply the amount of effort you exert.

A critical challenge to remember is that of vocabulary. Having used various books and courses to learn to read Spanish I found several to be of benefit. The most valuable ones were those who made sure to present new Spanish vocabulary first. Then a short story utilizing this new vocabulary in conjunction with previously learned vocabulary was presented. In terms of audio, a variety of excellent courses are available.


Jacob Lumbroso is a world traveler and an enthusiast for foreign languages, history, and foreign cultures. He writes articles on history and languages and has used the FSI Platiquemos Spanish course to learn Spanish.

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