If you’re reading this, then you’re already on the way to being convinced to learn Spanish. Spanish is the language with the second most native speakers in the world, after Chinese with around 477 million native speakers.
It is growing in popularity every year as a second language to learn and is becoming a more prevalent language in the USA with influxes of central and south American migrants every year. As more people speak Spanish in the USA, the language permeates into the culture and more Spanish music and media is produced.
It’s quite an easy language for native English speakers to learn, and let’s just face it, Spanish is really cool. Here are some reasons why you should consider learning Spanish as your next foreign language.
Why Learn Spanish
Lots of countries speak Spanish
Countries that speak Spanish include:
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela
That is a lot of countries where your Spanish will be useful. Almost the entire continent of South America speaks Spanish, so if you’re ever planning a trip there, then that reason alone should be enough to make you want to learn Spanish, at least to some degree.
Also even if you’re not planning a trip to South or Central America, Spain itself is a pretty important country within the EU, very beautiful and definitely worth a visit.
Spanish is also an official language for some pretty important organisations
Spanish is an official language of the UN along with English, French, Arabic, Russian and Chinese. So if you wanted a high powered job in the UN, the Spanish could be the language for you.
Spanish if also an official EU language. If you’re looking for a job in the EU, then Spanish could be a useful language to learn.
Easiest romantic language to speak
Not only are romantic languages normally the easiest languages for native English speakers to learn, but out of the major romantic languages which are French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, Spanish is probably the easiest language to learn.
Especially since all of their words are spelt phonetically. They don’t have silent letters, or letters that change sound (apart from g before certain vowels). When you read a Spanish word, you know how it’s going to be pronounced, which you definitely can’t say for English words.
Spanish is really cool
This might seem like a more shallow reason to learn a language but Spanish just is really cool. Maybe it’s Narcos, maybe its the fact that latino culture is a bit sexy, but there’s no denying Spanish is a really cool language to speak.
Spanish has the best resources
Because Spanish is becoming such a popular language to learn and because it’s the biggest second language in the USA, the resources available are of a really high quality, and much better than other languages. These are some of the Spanish resources that really rock.
Best Duolingo course available
Duolingo is a fantastic language learning app, but different language courses have been developed by different people. Because Spanish was one of the first courses to be developed on the app and because so many people have been dedicated to making the course better, we think that the Spanish Duolingo course is the strongest course available on Duolingo.
As well as having loads of really popular books, like the Harry Potter series translated into Spanish, there are also loads of graded readers available in Spanish, again more so than in other languages because Spanish is such a popular language to learn. For those of you who aren’t familiar with graded readers, a graded reader is a book written in your target language that has been written with your exact level in mind. So if you’re a A2 Spanish learner, you can find books that have been written precisely for that level. In some languages these can be hard to find, but in Spanish, you have lots and lots of options.
Check out our Spanish graded readers here.
Movies and series on Netflix are amazing
Due to latino culture gaining such prevalence in the USA, more and more Spanish speaking dramas are being developed, especially by Netflix, meaning that the quality is really high. If you have to rely on foreign films, the quality isn’t always as high as with British and American films. But now that Netflix are developing their own shows, the quality of foreign language series is the best it’s ever been and that is also really apparent with Spanish series.
If you want some recommendations, you can take a look at our best Spanish series to watch here. If you don’t want to read our full list, then we would highly recommend La Casa De Papel on Netflix. (Speaking European Spanish).
Reasons not to learn Spanish
Conjugation is a pain. If you’re a native English speaker, then you won’t really be used to conjugating your verbs. We do it a bit, but nothing compared to how much the romantic languages conjugate. Personal pronouns are pretty much dropped because the speaker relies on the conjugation of their verb to get their meaning across. If you’re not used to this, then it can be pretty tricky.
Irregular verbs! Even with all the conjugation you have to learn, you’re still going to find tonnes of irregular verbs that don’t conform to the rules. And you’re going to have to try and learn all of them in addition to the conjugation rules you’ve already spent time learning.
The Subjunctive. This should be reason alone not to bother learning Spanish. If you’ve started learning Spanish and you’re at an A1/A2 level then you won’t have some across this yet, but if you’ve been learning longer then you will have met the subjunctive. If you didn’t already think that conjugation in Spanish was a bit overkill, then you’re not going to be happy when you start to learn about the subjunctive. It’s a grammar form, where you change the structure of the verb in very specific circumstances.
However, once you’ve been studying it for a while, it does get easier and the day you manage to use the subjunctive in natural speech without having to think too much about it, will be one of your happiest Spanish language days. Just be warned, learning the beautiful Spanish language, will also bring with it the tricky subjunctive.
If we’ve managed to convince you, then now all you have to decide is which Spanish to learn.
If you have any experience learning Spanish or if you even decided that Spanish just wasn’t the language for you, then let us know about it in the comments below. We love hearing about your language learning experiences and we also want to keep our information as up to date as possible.
Good luck and keep on learning.