There are 45 million of Hispanics and non-Hispanic Spanish speakers in the U.S, making the country the third largest Hispanophone country in the world! (after Mexico and Colombia only) Just so you have an idea, there are more Spanish speakers in the U.S than Spain! If this alone is not enough motive for you to learn Spanish, we have listed other great reasons to start learning it now:
Improve job prospects and boost your career
The rapid demographic change and the economic impact of Hispanics represent a big opportunity for businesses, and companies are now understanding how vital it is to invest in the Hispanic marketplace. Learning Spanish will give you a competitive edge, and make your more employable. There are very good opportunities for Spanish speakers in media, education, healthcare, social services, among other positions.
Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S
There are 45 million of Hispanics and non-Hispanic Spanish speakers, making the United States the third largest Hispanophone country in the world. (after Mexico and Colombia only) There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S than Spain!
Spanish isn’t foreign language in the U.S anymore
According to a research by Pew Research Center, “35.8 million Hispanics speak Spanish at home, a number that has continued to increase as the nation’s Hispanic population has grown.”
Spanish has become so present and integrated into the American culture that sometimes we don’t even notice, but we use on regular basis many English words derived from Spanish: bodega, banana (African word but introduced to English via Spanish), cafeteria, embargo, and let’s not forget the names of many states and cities: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Florida, Colorado, and more!
Exercise your brain!
It has been scientifically proven that learning a language is paired with cognitive benefits. Research shows that learning a new language trains the brain just as exercising builds and works out muscles (BBC 2004). Learning a second language alters grey matter found in the brain. Grey matter is the area that is credited with processing information. Speaking another language can also help to deter cognitive loss and delay the onset of Alzheimer and other types of dementia.
Develop cultural awareness
The influence of Hispanic culture has grown in the U.S rapidly, and being proficient in Spanish will allow you to discover a rich, diverse and amazing culture.
Learning a new language contributes to bridge the gap between cultures, improves social skills, and will help you to develop a more open-minded attitude. Being able to communicate and connect with people from a different background allows you to develop a global mindset, and to deal successfully with people from different cultures. As BRIC Language CEO wisely said: “interconnectivity between cultures and countries is the best way to ensure peace and prosperity for our collective future.”
Spanish is easy to learn!
Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers. There are a lot of words in English and Spanish that share common roos in Latin and Greek, which makes the learning process much easier and faster! Another encouraging factor is that Spanish has 5 vowels and 5 diphthong sounds (English has 20 in total), and in many cases words are spelled as pronounced making pronunciation easy!
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