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5 reasons to choose Spanish as a second language

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When we decide to learn a second language we first think about the benefits of if. It is also important to know the advantages of studying a language. To make it easier, here I present a list of 5 advantages to choose Spanish as a second language.

1. Essential language in the World with great potential

As I wrote the 7th of October (It was actually my first post), Spanish is the second language in the world by number of speakers, the second language of international communication and the third most important language on the web. By 2050 it’s expected that United States will be the first Spanish-speaking country in the world.

Do you want to become another Spanish-speaking person?.

2. Enjoy travelling

Take off!!!

Travelling is one of the most favourite hobbies people like. If you speak a second language this means you could immerse yourself in the country and culture. I remind you that Spanish is not only spoken in Spain. Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela among others Central and South American countries possess the Spanish as official language. I know the language barrier can be frustrating in certain circumstances such as ordering food, understanding directions, travelling on public transport, shopping and so on. So, the best way to avoid all these inconveniences is to speak the language to communicate with native speakers or, at least, have some command of it. In fact, people appreciate when you just try to use it.

Don’t you think this can be a good reason for studying Spanish?.

3. Learn faster and easier than you might think

Most people think Spanish is a very difficult language to learn for its extensive grammar. Verbs are really one of the most complex part of grammar due to all the forms of conjugation but, on the contrary, the phonetics of the language is much more reduced than many other languages (we only have five vowels). So, understanding Spanish is faster for foreign speakers. This doesn’t happen with English or other roman languages such as Portuguese or French whose phonetic systems are more extensive than Spanish.

Besides, Spanish can be used as a jump-start to learn any of the other roman languages due to similar grammatical structure.

Do you dare to face a new challenge?.

4. Become a more valuable asset

Nowadays companies are seeking at least bilingual speakers. This is especially necessary in firms which do business with Spanish-speaking countries or areas with high Hispanic populations in United States (California, Texas, New York,…). Moreover, many large companies also have offices in these countries. By learning Spanish, you’ll become a valuable asset to the company.

China actually requires many experts of different fields with English spoken language for business but we cannot forget that, in recent years, China has become the main source of growth in exports of raw materials from Latin America and the Caribbean while Latin America is the destination of manufactured goods. Thus, becoming bilingual with English and Spanish will open a world of opportunities in the giant Asian country.

In short, the ability to speak Spanish will give you an extra value in the competitive job market.

Why don’t you check your potential?.

5. Spanish culture is on the rise

Closely related to travel, I must indicate that our culture offers a wide variety of options. You’ll discover cities that combine tradition and modernity and small rural towns and villages with charming places with impressive traditional festivities, beautiful natural landscapes and historic centres that take you back in time. Everywhere you’ll also find a delicious dish to taste so, you’ll experience and enjoy our Gastronomy in every place. We also pride ourselves on having one of the most important wine cultures of the world.

Spain’s cultural richness is unique, brilliant and diverse. Spain is the second nation with most designated World Heritage Sites (Cuenca, Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo, Mérida, Santiago de Compostela,…). We count on prestigious museums and centers of art with masterpieces of universal art (National Museum El Prado in Madrid, Picasso Museum in Barcelona and Málaga, The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Museum of Fine Arts in Sevilla,…).

Why not planning to travel to Spain and find out all these attractive elements also interacting with its people?.

For all these reasons I encourage everyone to start learning Spanish. I guess you wonder where you may find some help to begin. I suggest to ask professionals to get good materials and a good teacher to start right now. I hope you embark on this amazing adventure. I assure you won’t regret it and you’ll soon improve your knowledge and obtain good results. Come on and don’t waste a minute. A bright future awaits you!!!.

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Globalización y lengua española

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Mira hacia el mundo hoy

Vivir en un mundo globalizado implica que los países y estados están sujetos a cambios continuos y dinámicos de carácter tecnológico, social, cultural, económico, etc… para avanzar en el desarrollo mundial y así unificar mercados, sociedades y culturas. Dentro de esta evolución mundial las personas tenemos que ser capaces de adaptarnos rápidamente a esta transformación y, con la llegada de las nuevas tecnologías entre ellas internet y las redes sociales, la comunicación toma un papel relevante porque se convierte en un proceso indispensable para el intercambio de información. Así, las lenguas son las herramientas por las cuales podemos interactuar con el resto del mundo.

En este sentido, el español se sitúa como una lengua muy importante pues más de 400 millones de personas la poseen como lengua materna. A esto hay que añadir los casi 100 millones de personas que hablan el español como segunda lengua o lengua extranjera.

Según publica el Instituto Cervantes en su Anuario del 2012, los datos y cifras más interesantes acerca de nuestra lengua son los siguientes (para acceder al Anuario completo, pincha aquí):

  1. El español es la segunda lengua del mundo por número de hablantes y el segundo idioma de comunicación internacional.
  2. Por razones demográficas, el porcentaje de población mundial que habla español como lengua nativa está aumentando, mientras la proporción de hablantes de chino e inglés desciende.
  3. En 2030, el 7,5% de la población mundial será hispanohablante (un total de 535 millones de personas).
  4. En 2050, Estados Unidos será el primer país hispanohablante del mundo.
  5. El 7,8% de los usuarios de Internet se comunican en español. El uso del español en la Red ha experimentado un crecimiento de un 807,4entre el año 2000 y 2011 siendo la tercera lengua más usada.

Por todos estos motivos y por el potencial que tiene nuestra lengua dentro de este mundo globalizado quiero inaugurar este espacio que estará dedicado a promover la enseñanza de la lengua y cultura española. Aquí se mostrarán los contenidos más interesantes a nivel gramatical, dudas en el uso de la lengua española así como aspectos más divertidos como aprender jugando con las palabras, dichos y frases del refranero español, etc… También se informará de las novedades y noticias más interesantes relacionadas con el español. Por supuesto que la plataforma también contará con curiosidades, recomendaciones y consejos para avanzar en el aprendizaje.

Te animo a participar en este blog para aprender español como nuestro amigo Mike. Con tus habilidades y un poco de esfuerzo podrás desenvolverte en español en poco tiempo (lo que no puedo garantizar es que llegues a ser un gran cantante).

También te invito a visitar algunos lugares para ver las oportunidades que ofrece España. ¿Te imaginas poder recorrerlo e interactuar con su gente?.

¡Anímate!.

¡Un país increíble te espera!.