WHY LEARN SPANISH
Spanish was once the most important language in the world, stretching as far and wide as the mighty Spanish empire, which is why you now find most Spanish speakers living in former colonial territories throughout Latin America.
A colorful language, Spanish language is animated and inextricably entwined with the flamboyant Spanish culture. Spanish is one of the few languages that is almost completely phonetic, making it easier to learn!
For Personal Growth
Knowing another language gives a person the ability to step inside the mind and context of another culture. With the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, one has true access to that culture. Why is important? In a world where nations and people are ever more dependent upon one another, intercultural sensitivity can help build trust and cooperation, the ability to negotiate and compromise.
At present, with over half a billion speakers, Spanish is the second most spoken language after Mandarin, followed by English and Hindi, and positions as the second most spoken language in terms of native speakers (400 million). Being the official language in 21 countries, it is the second most used in international communication and is one of the official languages of the UN and EU.
For Professional Growth
Traditionally, learning a new language meant that you could land a job with an Embassy or the tourism sector. However, with the ever increasing globalisation, companies in the IT sector, MNC banks and export houses are looking for a large number of people who can work with them as language experts.
From TCS to Satyam to other indian companies who have opened development centers or acquired companies all across Latin America. Further, Spanish companies as Inditex, Agroalimen and others are setting up business branches in India. India’s trade with Latin America has gone from USD 5MM in 2008 to USD 17MM in 2017, while India’s exports to these countries increased by 40% within the same time.
With a large number of companies from non-english speaking countries spotting India for outsourcing work, they have started hunting for people proficient in Spanish, German, French and other foreign languages to support the clientele and the salary package for language experts could be 25% to 40% more than English speaking counterparts.
Expansion Of Your Opportunities
The majority of Latin American countries speak Spanish as their native language, with an increasingly large and growing Hispanic community now also living in the US, which means Spanish language covers nearly and entire hemisphere. In Europe, Spanish is spoken in Spain and is only slightly different from the Latin American Spanish, which means that learning one makes the other much easier to pick up.
Combining one’s expertise in various fields and complementing their professional degree with an additional language tool is gaining wide recognition in the world. Bilingualism and multilingualism is increasingly prevalent in most countries today, giving one numerous advantages over their monolingual counterpart. More schools and universities are realizing the importance of Spanish language as an essential key to global exposure and access to literature, history, music, international relations and socio-cultural exchange, which unlocks ample opportunities for its proficient speaker.
Transform Your Travel
Travelling to a foreign country and knowing the local language is a big help in communicating with new people and make your trip more enjoyable. Wherever you decide to go among the 21 countries where Spanish is spoken, knowing Spanish will allow you to delve deeper into the local culture and give you an insight into the way of life of locals. All in all, you will be a more equipped traveller to better appreciate cultural contributions, be able to integrate yourself with the local community and immerse yourself in a culturally enriching experience!