People all over the workd are interested in learning other languages and cultures. Who's going to take responsibility for that? You hear this complaining all the time and currently it is one of the battle cries of the anti-Mexican movement in America. In this post you will discover why you should join them. Duolingo might be a good place to start. I am not really familiar with language learning tools especially about Spanish, so I browsed the net for help. It is more useful for Americans because we are more likely to meet Latin Americans in the States and to travel within Latin America.
For example, do you remember that Taco Bell commercial with the little dog? For many people, developing a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture is becoming more and more important. In fact they tried to adopt all American ways as quickly as possible. The number of speakers and the difficulty of learning the language are somewhat irrelevant. The ones you like the most. Carolina Zarate We've read , but let's be honest: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or any other language with growing global importance would be a better choice. You are right in saying that once they learn a second language, a 3rd or 4th will be easier. Knowing a second language also gives people a competitive advantage in the workforce.
Google now has offices in Peru, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia. Starting with Spanish could give you the confidence to realise that there is no such thing as a natural language learner and that you could move on to other languages once you have. Some are not so nice. If America expects that immigrants to the U. I have fought long and hard to avoid it. Second, by learning Spanish fluently you can open gateways to communicating with people who speak different languages. We didn't ask them to come here! Yeah, the Spanish minority is big in the United States.
Spaniards insist on making every meal, snack, and coffee break a sit-down affair, and often linger at the table afterwards to enjoy a lengthy sobremesa — an after-meal conversation. I think I read an article from Stephanie? Spaniards often have this for breakfast along with a café con leche, but I personally eat it four times a day…or until my family-sized baguette runs out. I expect to fight harder. Neighboring Portugal and France have considerable minorities of their population with a high degree of competency in Spanish. Recent Articles by Writers Rusty Smith follows. I find it personally insulting that I have to learn Spanish to converse with people who have refused to learn English.
This is also true for culture. Yet, when Americans expatriate to Mexico, particularly retirees, they do not do what they expect the Mexicans to do when they expatriate to America—learn the language. If you are going to move to Mexico, never learn the language so that you can assimilate into the Mexican culture, then you do not have the right to expect the same thing of Mexicans when they expatriate to America! I used the word muchacho yesterday, where Spanish people use chico, for example. They are just plainly and simply afraid. Another concern I have is that when Mexicans expatriate to America there is an American cultural expectation for them to learn English.
For example, sometimes British people make a big deal when I use a different word than they would for a certain thing, and go on a rant about how Americans have destroyed the English language, etc. Another delicious and simple Spanish dish is pan con tomate — toasted fresh bread, drizzled in olive oil, topped with mashed tomato. Also check the other threads on this forum; people mention resources they use and what they think of them. That is an individual choice. Studies have shown that bilinguals outperform similar monolingual peers on both verbal and nonverbal tests of intelligence and tend to achieve higher scores on standardized tests.
Traditionally, people educated in the United States have not been obligated to learn another language beyond English. Building a better understanding of others always leads to better relationships and language is the enabling tool which facilitates better understanding of others. How has it never occurred to us — kings of efficiency — to put the two together? There have been that have demonstrated the benefits of learning a second language as an adult. Some of them have excellent accents to boot. Well in today's world English is probably the most common international language used with Spanish coming in as the second most used language.
In Spanish culture, if you feel like seeing a good friend, you catch up with them that day. So, much like Quebec makes everyone learn French and English. You will also find that your understanding of the deep meaning of these Latin based English words is greatly enhanced. And I wouldn't be surprised if learning Spanish might even help you learn or any other non-Indo-European language, since intensively learning the structure of a language can give you a reference point for learning others. Learn about another culture and in turn learn about your own I mentioned earlier that when you study another language you learn about your own. Learning Spanish will enable you to keep pace with Hispanic influence on culture which is strong and getting stronger. Anyway, I'm not sure what exactly that is all about, but hopefully it will become apparent once my learning covers that issue.