One of my three major projects this year (2018) is to learn as much Spanish as I can and to be able to converse in it one day. I hope to go to Sucre in Bolivia next summer and enroll in a Spanish language course for a few months. I started this blog to document my progress, which some of my future posts will hopefully talk about. For now, here are some of the reasons why I’ve wanted to learn Spanish in the first place!

It’s a beautiful language

I love the way it sounds and hits the ear. Living in London- one of the most multicultural cities in the world- I am often surrounded by Spanish speakers. It always sounds so attractive. 

For me, it is one of the easier languages to learn

Perhaps it is because it is quite similar to my first language (Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines), but I always preferred learning Spanish to French at GCSE. In my opinion, it was easier to speak and write because it was easier to pronounce and spell.  

Latin music is one of my favourite music genres

One of my most listened to genres on Spotify are reggaeton and Latin trap. In 2017, my most listened to artist was Ozuna (Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer). I would love to be able to one day actually understand most of the lyrics. It is not surprising how Latin and Latin-infused music is becoming so popular and mainstream. Also, being able to sing/rap along to a song makes a song much more enjoyable.

I love Spanish and Latin culture in general

I have only been to Spain a couple of times. The people are so friendly and the food is amazing (I have a big thing for churros con chocolates). Although I am yet to go to Mexico, Mexican food is my favourite cuisine and tacos are one of my favourite dishes. I also love to watch Spanish and Latin TV shows including NarcosLa Casa de Papel, Elite and Queen of the South (all on UK Netflix).

South America on the Scratch Map I am yet to scratch off

Last but not least, the practical benefits

Besides loving the language, one of the driving reasons that actually got me to seriously start thinking about becoming fluent is how beneficial it would be. Being multilingual is a highly desirable trait for employers. Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the world– more widely spoken than English. According to Statista, in 2018, 437 million people in the world speak Spanish. The advantages of being able to converse in a widely spoken language are pretty obvious.

I also hope that the skills I acquire and develop during this journey will become apparent. Learning a language is not easy, and becomes much more difficult the older you get. It takes a lot of determination, focus, and commitment. When I reach my goal, I hope that my skills become more valuable. I am still quite young, and I have a long life to live. Learning a new language will open so many doors for me that will not only benefit my future career but improve my quality of life.

Sources

Statista: https://www.statista.com/chart/12868/the-worlds-most-spoken-languages/.

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