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5 good reasons for learning Spanish that will surprise you
Surely you are aware that knowing Spanish not only facilitates and improves your experience each time you travel to a Spanish speaking country but also gives you greater and varied professional advantages.
Well, there’s more! Want to know what other benefits learning Spanish gives you? Keep reading!
Why learning Spanish is becoming more popular?
The following remarks are the result of various studies and most of the following factors could also apply when learning another language.
1. It expands your world
Did you know that Spanish is the language of 350 million people worldwide?
Learning Spanish allows you to bring down language and cultural barriers that exist around you.
This gives you the ability to communicate with about 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
Furthermore, Spanish is the second most used language in international communications and the official language of 21 countries in different continents.
2. It boosts your creativity
When learning any subject or skill, we all, consciously or unconsciously, have our own learning style. So when learning a language we develop, adapt and use different methods to learn the grammar and vocabulary. We create and test different strategies and tricks to find what works best for us.
In addition, it may happen that sometimes you are not able to express an idea because you cannot find the words you want.
In these cases you will be forced to give shape to that idea in a different way using the knowledge and vocabulary you have. A fantastic exercise that stimulates your creativity!
3. It improves health
Learning a second language enhances cognitive functions including attention, memory and language. Like gym exercises your muscles, communicating in a different language than yours keeps your brain in shape as it requires effort, concentration and mental flexibility. Also, when switching from one language to another, some connections are created that improve your memory and increase your memory capacity.
4. You develop cultural awareness
Learning a new language is a key to access to cultures and customs, in many cases, very different from yours. This factor gives you the opportunity to get closer to other ways of doing and understanding things and makes you more tolerant and respectful towards people, wherever they come from. It also lets you more easily appreciate and value the richness of our diversity and understand the importance of social cohesion within any society.
5. It makes you more skilled at using your mother tongue
Learning the different grammatical and structural rules of a new language inevitably leads you to think and reflect on how you use the grammar and vocabulary in your first language. This experience gives you a better understanding on how your mother tongue works and you get to improve your skills in your own language becoming a better communicator.
What are you waiting for to enjoy all these benefits while having fun learning Spanish?