Because you already have been
There are so many reasons to learn the Spanish language, but let’s begin with the fact that you have already been learning Spanish for your whole life if you live in the United States. Some of our most famous cities and states have Spanish origins. If you’ve ever talked about Las Vegas or Los Angeles then you have some practice with the Spanish feminine and masculine articles. Beyond geography, you have almost certainly been introduced to the Spanish language through food. Oregano, vanilla, salsa, queso, jalapeno, and papaya are just a few of the numerous Spanish words that Americans use every day at the grocery store, in the kitchen, or while ordering from a menu. It’s not only vocabulary related to food that Spanish and English share. If you start learning Spanish today, you essentially already know over a 1000 words that are identical in both languages. Words like actor, club, doctor, hospital, motel, popular, similar, television, and violin are all spelled identically in English and Spanish. The pronunciation is the only thing that may vary.
Opportunities to practice
Is learning Spanish easy? No, like any language (or anything you want to learn) it takes motivation, practice, and time to master. But it is easy to start learning, and the opportunities to practice the language are endless. Take a class, download an app, pick up a free Spanish newspaper, turn to a Spanish radio station in your car, watch a Spanish movie or television show, swing by a Latin American market or restaurant, or practice saying hello to one of the numerous Spanish speakers you likely encounter on a daily basis. With roughly 50 million Spanish speakers living in the United States alone, there is no shortage of people to talk to. Globally, the number of speakers is somewhere between 400 and 500 million, which opens up a literal world of possibilities. Whether for business or vacation, Spanish is essential for traveling to anywhere from Argentina to Spain.
Setting goals leads to quick improvements
You might wonder how long it takes to become fluent, but instead of focusing on becoming fluent in every aspect of the language, focus on becoming fluent in the areas you want. Even if English is your native language, you probably aren’t fluent in all areas. Can you talk with confidence about molecular biology, 18th century poetry, and organic farming methods? We learn what we need to for our lives. If you want to use Spanish to meet people and introduce yourself, you can do that in a few days or weeks. If you want to ask for directions or order food in a restaurant, invest a few more days. The point being, with a relatively short amount of time and effort committed to the goal, you can be speaking in Spanish with some degree of fluency in no time. Don’t worry about making mistakes either. Commit your energy to getting your point across first, and the grammatical precision will develop over time. Set your goals for the Spanish language, and then start learning!