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Why Learn Spanish?
Transcript of Why Learn Spanish?
Bilinguals and multilinguals develop and enhance many cognitive skills through the use of their languages.
Frequent use of more than one language helps to improve:
Verbal & Spatial abilities
Spanish is the official language in
countries on a total of 4 continents including:
Spanish is a rapidly growing language. There are currently 350 million native speakers of Spanish and this number is growing! (Vistawide).
It is estimated that by 2050, 10% of the world's population will speak Spanish (Pimsleur Approach).
Communicate with 350 million people
Improve your travel experiences
Knowing the language of the country you are traveling to helps you to better appreciate the people you meet and the culture you are exploring. This is especially true when traveling to Spanish-speaking countries since many native speakers of Spanish do not know much English (Vistawide). Whether you are giving the hotel address to a taxi driver, ordering food in a restaurant or asking questions of the locals, being able to do so in Spanish will enhance your experience.
Access Spanish-speaking cultures
Language cannot be separated from culture. Learning a language successfully requires access to authentic cultural texts and activities. Studying these texts and activities, for example newspapers, films and seasonal celebrations, provides a first-hand look into the various cultures associated with the Spanish language.
By: Ms Harle
Why Should You Learn Spanish?
"We Speak Spanish"
Research shows that people who work in bilingual positions earn more money per hour than those who work in monolingual positions. The unemployment rate for people who speak more than one language is lower than the rate for those who speak only one (Voxy).
Furthermore, more and more jobs are changing their basic requirements to include basic proficiency in another language (Vistawide).
Get Better Jobs
Cognates: Words that are similar in two languages due to a similar origin.
Better understand your native language
Spanish is the 4th most widely spoken
language geographically speaking! (Ethnologue).
Park Güell, Barcelona
Some of the units studied in Secondary school level Spanish include:
Food and restaurants
Airport and Travel
Currency and paying
Addresses and directions
Illness and hospitals
La Antigua, Guatemala
Using more than one language stimulates parts of the brain that deal with executive functioning tasks, attention tasks, prioritizing and multi-tasking. By engaging these parts of the brain you are creating a 'cognitive reserve'. As you age and your cognitive skills weaken your brain relies more and more on this reserve, and can delay the progress of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's (Jha).
Delay the Onset of Dementia
Learning one language can also make learning another language easier. The skills and awareness have already been acquired, making the process more accessible (Vistawide).
Spanish is a Romance Language, derived from Latin. English contains a lot of words that stem from Latin roots as well. Therefore learning Spanish can actually help you to increase your native lexicon, or your breadth of vocabulary in your native language. Spanish and English also share similar grammar structure.
For any profession you chose to enter that offers a service, for example medicine, dentistry, law or trade, you can increase your clientele by offering your services in Spanish as well as English.
Increase your Clientele
Due to the large number of Spanish speaking immigrants all over Canada, your services will be in high demand!
Gabriel García Márquez
García Márquez was an acclaimed novelist from Colombia. García Márquez won both the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Nobel Prize for Literature. His writing appeals to people all over the world.
Many words in the English language originally come from Spanish. Words have either been recently adopted into the English language, or the root of the words have a Spanish origin.
Some examples include:
alligator, barbeque, tortilla, mosquito, savvy, patio and tomato (YourDictionary).
This means studying Spanish can provide insight into the function of verb tenses and moods in English (Vistawide).
Piñatas are used at celebrations throughout South America and North America, including Canada. The practice of using a piñata started in the sixteenth century when European traditions merged with the existing traditions in Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica (Devlin).
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“List of English Words of Spanish Origin.” YourDictionary. YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.
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“Why It Pays To Be Bilingual.” Voxy. Voxy, 15 Feb. 2011. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.
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